lithium and pain meds
August 30, 2014 7:39 PM Subscribe
Some months back, I started taking lithium. When I went on it, my doctor warned me that I would have to stop taking ibuprofen and switch to tylenol instead when in need of a pain killer. Fine, I thought. Unfortunately, the switch has not been ideal for me.
posted by tan_coul to Health & Fitness (11 answers total)
I get pretty bad day-one (and sometimes day-two) cramps, and Tylenol just does not work as well. It doesn't kick the pain quite as thoroughly, it wears off faster, and you're not allowed to take as much of it (because OD risks are greater).
So, my question: is there another otc pain medication that I can safely take with lithium? I've read conflicting things on whether or not aspirin is okay. I'm preferably looking for something I can alternate with tylenol, to slightly lessen the length of time between doses, and to make it a full 24 hours.
If it matters, my lithium levels (.6) seem pretty resistant to elevation, even when we tried increasing my dosage.
I know yanmd, but I forgot to ask him at my last appointment, and it's a while before my next one.
Please help my uterus hate me less!