Lithium & Iron Supplements
[Home] [Bipolar News] [Bipolar Disorder] [Medications] [Treatments] [Bipolar Disorder/Job/School] [Disabilities] [Ask the Doctor] [Ask David] [Self-Injury] [Personal Stories] [Graham's Column] [Steven's Column] [Storm's Column] [Columnist Archives] [Suicide] [Community Support] [Family Members] [Expressions] [Greeting Cards] [Books] [Awards] [Links & Rings] [About Us] [Contact Us]

 


Q:  Lithium & Iron Supplements


My daughter was diagnosed with cyclothymia in January & put on lithium.  She was taking 300 mg.... which was increased to 450 mg a few weeks ago.  Her family doctor put her on 3 doses or iron per day after her most recent blood test. 

Lithium & Iron supplements

The pharmacist was wondering if the iron wouldn't affect the level of lithium in her blood.   Since she has been on the iron, she reports feeling much more energetic.  However, we've noticed a slight increase in her non-compliance & anger.  She claims this is due to frustration with not doing well at school and wanting to drop out or go to an alternate school.  We have noticed her raging over other things though.  Ex:  not getting a cigarette, not getting a lighter, having a curfew....  

Have you heard of any interaction between lithium and iron?


Dear Ms. J' -- 
A PUB MED search yielded only one rather obscure article on iron in rats who where given lithium; in one group it went down, in the other not.  And no comment on effects of iron in lithium.  That was as close as I could get.  Some nutritionist somewhere might be able to speak to how the iron ion, Fe++ , might affect the lithium ion, Li+ , in terms of transport across the gut wall.  Other than that I wouldn't expect much of an interaction. 

Dr. Phelps


Published June, 2003
 

 

Bipolar World   1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Owners: 
Allie Bloom, David Schafer, M.Ed. (Blackdog)
Partners:  John Haeckel, Judith (Duff) 
Founder:  Colleen Sullivan
 

Email Us at Bipolar World

 

About Us  Add a Link  Advance Directives  Alternative Treatments  Ask the Doctor   Ask Dr. Plyler about Bipolar Disorder   Ask The Doctor/ Topic Archives  Awards  Benny the Bipolar Puppy  Bipolar Chat  Bipolar Children  Bipolar Disorder News  Bipolar Help Contract  Bipolar World Forums  Book Reviews  Bookstore  BP & Other mental Illness   Clinical Research Trials & FDA Drug Approval   Community Support   Contact Us  The Continuum of Mania and Depression   Coping   Criteria    Criteria and Diagnosis  Criteria-World Health Disabilities,  DSMV-IV   Dual Diagnosis  eGroups  Expressions (Poetry, Inspiration, Humor, Art Gallery, Memorials  Family Members   Getting Help for a Loved One who Refuses Treatment  Greeting Cards  History of Mental Illness  Indigo  Job and School  Links  Manage Your Medications  Medications   Medication and Weight Gain    News of the Day  Parent Chat  Pay for Meds  Personal Stories  Self Help  Self Injury  Significant Others  Stigma and Mental Health Law  Storm's Column  Suicide!!!  The Suicide Wall  Table of Contents   Treatments  Treatment Compliance  US Disability  Veteran's Chat  What's New?