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Bipolars disorder med's causing Swelling ankles and weakness?
An_244292 posted:
my father has used Lithium B.c and haloperidol for several months , at the same time he used Aspirin .two weeks ago he saw serious ankles swelling we call his doctor at first he reduced the lithium dosage and after one week he totally cut the lithium and haloprediol from his prescription and replace them by lamotrigine , the problem is still after two weeks there is no change in ankles and he feel so weak , the doctor didnt ask any lithium test and told us to change the elevation of foot higher than body , what i liked to know is how long usally it takes that swelling disappear ?and is there any risk of using aspirin because acoording to other doctor's prescription he has to take it everyday.
any other test required?
tnq so much for information and guidance
beej5 responded:
It might be the lithium that may cause this. Have had blood work done again? Is he dreiking lots of water. I don't know much about lithium but from reading others posts, I think this might be the culprit.

I'll let others chime in and comment as well.

PRFsky replied to beej5's response:
tnx beej
no blood test done again, he drinks normal .
any other idea?
bipoet001 responded:
I've taken lithium for almost 30 years. Haldol is an old fashioned anti-psychotic that can cause TD. How old is your father? Edema happens for many reasons. If he is my age, it comes from heart problems. Elevating the feet or wearing compression hoseiry helps with circulation. He might want to be checked for diabetes as well. Lithium is given as a salt but actually makes the body require a normal amount of regular salt as well. Aspirin does not interact with lithium unlike other OTC painkillers that raise serum blood levels. Drinking water will help flush the kidneys, but two weeks of lithium should not cause edema. Your father should get a general medical check-up. This does not sound med related. David
PRFsky replied to bipoet001's response:
sorry for my bad writing, he is 70 he took lithium for 3 months .
1 months back he did a heart check up and there was'nt anything wrong.
bipoet001 replied to PRFsky's response:
I am 66 and get edema related to my blood pressure and circulation. If I sit for long times, my ankles swell. I've taken lithium almost 30 years and my edema comes from heart-related causes and borderline diabetes due to weight. Retaining water in your lower extremities is a sign of poor circulation which can be related to several health and age issue. He should consider a complete physical, exercise or wear compression stockings. Lithium leaves your system after 5 days. He needs to consult with a medical doctor.
Anneinside responded:
Although muscle weakness can be a side effect of lithium, swelling of the ankles is not. The half-life of lithium for someone who has taken it for a while is 2.5 days, after 5 times that or 12.5 days lithium is completely gone from your body. Swollen ankles is not a listed side effect for Haloperidol either.

Since the swelling is unlikely to be related to his medications, there is no way to know when the swelling will end unless you find out the medical cause for it. Does he have heart problems? I would suggest you take him to his family doctor for other types of test, such as EKG for his heart.

Aspirin doesn't interact with lamotrigine or either of the other two drugs so he should follow doctor's orders and take it.

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