See Alike in...

Alike App




I’ve been on lithium consistently for 11 years but blood work showed it’s affecting my thyroid, I was just diagnosed with hypothyroidism and now I’m coming off of lithium. Has anyone tapered off of lithium? How did it go? Any withdrawal symptoms?

    • MissyKayF


      I was on a fairly high dose of lithium for about 6 or 7 years. I finally felt like I was ready to see if I still needed it after years of CBT so I decreased and eventually got off of it. I am still taking Lamotrigine so not med-free, just med-reduced. Anyways, I tapered off over the course of a couple of years because I was afraid of how a rapid taper would feel. I experienced a lot of depression over those years and, in hindsight, I wish I would have tapered off much faster. It will be hard for a time but your brain will adjust and your doctor can help you find other, and hopefully less harmful, medications that will help balance you out. Just hunker down and have a solid support group. You'll get through it!

☝ This content is generated by our users and it is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.

Want to chat or share? Download the Alike app now and get complete access to's unique features.

Alike health

One user shared their experience of getting off medication due to side effects, stating "I was getting so sick on my combo of meds once that I just went off them cold turkey after not keeping anything down for four days. It was not good I ended up in the hospital." Another user suggested being careful about tapering off and having a crisis line ready in case depression symptoms return stronger than expected.

Find people who are
experiencing a similar
medical reality

100% Free

Download Alike for the full experience


View All


night sweats





Anxiety (Including GAD)