I have come down with a terrible head cold which is rare for me. So I took my list of medications into the pharmacist and asked which over the counter medications I could take to ease my symptoms. She did some research and basically it was slim pickings.
This prompted me to share the list of things that I cannot have due to my medications. This same list would go for any Bipolar:
- Robitussin DM and similar brands
- Medications for depression (I am on some but it is a ‘risk’ we are taking)
- Many antihistamines
- Cough syrup
- Medications for high blood pressure
- Muscle relaxants
- Ibuprofen and Naproxen
- Water pills
I can’t overindulge in food because of the excessive weight gain with the lithium.
I also can’t have alcohol for fear of interactions (that’s ok. I had a problem anyway!).
When I play sports I watch my heart rate. And I have my blood work checked monthly for lithium levels, and to ensure I have no kidney or liver damage or a thyroid problem from my medication. So life altering is this medication!