Lithium and Kidney Disease…How To Protect Yourself
Robert Galarowicz for Healthy Kidney Inc. back again with more answers to the questions you’ve all been asking. One of the major questions we get a lot of is regarding prescriptions CKD sufferers are taking for other co-morbid conditions and what their safety levels are in relation to one’s kidney health. There are many emotional and mental issues people go through when faced with chronic illness, but when someone is already struggling with a pre-existing mental illness such as Bi-Polar disorder, the effects are magnified and it’s important to maintain your regular treatment, especially if this includes prescription meds such as Lithium. However, there are some studies suggesting Lithium and Kidney Disease may be related.
What we mean by this is that in certain super-high doses, it may cause some degree of kidney damage. So, if you’re taking lithium for bi-polar, you really must be certain to let your provider know about your kidney issues if you have any as well as any family history, propensity or predisposition toward kidney issues you may be prone to. Making them aware can ensure you continue getting uninterrupted treatment for your bi-polar while simultaneously sparing your kidneys any harm. There needs to be a balance to dosage. If pursuing natural modes of benefit, I do recommend NAC or N-Acetylcysteine 2,000 mg daily. As usual, it’s vital you keep the lines of communication open between your kidney care team and do your utmost to keep those kidneys safe.
Here’s our latest blog about lithium and kidney disease:
DISCLAIMER: Anyone with kidney issues should always be under the care of a physician and defer to their physician for any and all treatment decisions. This video is not meant to replace a physician’s advice, supervision, and counsel. No information in the video should be construed as medical advice. All medical decisions should be made by the patient and a qualified physician. This video is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE.
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