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Lithium & Odour?


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#1 GardenGirl

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Posted 23 November 2009 - 11:25 PM

Hi guys,

I've noticed I smell funny. I've been on Lithium for only 6 months or so (no smell) & recently increased my dose & now smell funny. I shower & use deodorant & eat nutritious food and all that, but it's still there. It kind of smells like iron (like a cast iron frying pan). And I can't figure out where it's coming from (not my pits or my precious parts). So I think it's sort of all - over (like my skin is excreting it or something).

To make matters worse, I've also noticed that my sense of smell has diminished since I started Lithium. So I'm not sure if this smell is like 10 or 20 times worse than I think it is!!! At first I thought it was just me (all in my head), but then my boyfriend said, "why do you smell like that?" (He's a really nice guy actually, and I hadn't mentioned this to him before he brought it up.)

I've been reading the boards anonymously for ages, but it's time to take the plunge & participate. I'm a new member. Jared & comrades, thank you for starting & maintaining this website -- it's been a key resource in my recovery. You're good people.

Yours in smelly solidarity,

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Posted 24 November 2009 - 02:58 AM

Hello and welcome here !

I never heard of that and I've many friends who take or took lithium. But well.

I found this :

http://www.drugs.com...de-effects.html

Lithium can mess with the thyroid gland, maybe it also messes with your sweat glands (apporcrine and epporcine).

In any cases it's rare, have you talked about it to your pdoc ? about trying to reduce the lithium in order to see if it's that ?

Sorry I couldn't be of more help.
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#3 GardenGirl

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Posted 24 November 2009 - 10:58 AM

Hi Jibe -- thanks for your reply. I think you're right -- it might be a sweat gland thing. I've noticed that it goes away when I run. Your link is an excellent resource too. Many thanks. I will bring it up with my doctor.

I'm satisfied with Lithium overall. My quality of life has improved, and I feel that I'm recovering.
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Posted 24 November 2009 - 11:04 AM

Thanks a lot for your compliments gardengirl !
I'm always happy to help :mad:

Indeed this page is really good, especially if you wish to look for meds interactions !

I wish you the best in your treatment.
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Posted 25 November 2009 - 04:08 AM

Are you sure it is you, and not that you are tasting/smelling the lithium itself? I definitely noticed that metallic smell/taste all the time, but it was the lithium in my system (like in tongue and nose) rather than actually something someone else would notice.
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Posted 25 November 2009 - 08:35 PM

Well, if her bf noticed it, it's not just her.

Can you lower the dose again if it is truly bothersome? You may need to augment in that case with something else.

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Posted 26 November 2009 - 12:10 AM

Are you sure it is you, and not that you are tasting/smelling the lithium itself? I definitely noticed that metallic smell/taste all the time, but it was the lithium in my system (like in tongue and nose) rather than actually something someone else would notice.

She speaks of the odor of her body, not of lithium
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Posted 26 November 2009 - 12:10 AM

Well, if her bf noticed it, it's not just her.

Can you lower the dose again if it is truly bothersome? You may need to augment in that case with something else.

Anna

We covered that, duh
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Posted 26 November 2009 - 10:50 AM

Hi Dr. Sara:

Thank you!! It is a metallic smell (kind of like Iron). I smell it even after I get out of the shower. You know, I never thought that it could be the smell of the Lithium itself (I don't get that metallic taste that others talk about.) But you smell it too. So maybe that's what it is.

Do you smell the same thing as me? Do others smell it (or just you?) Does it diminish over time / do you get used to it?

Anna: That's good advice. I'll keep that in mind. I will decrease if I have to (like if it's a serious health risk). I'm relucant to change drugs uh-gain.

Jibe: Don't be mean to the girls. :mad: I took your advice, Jibe -- I saw my psychiatrist yesterday & he said to check with my GP, to make sure it's nothing serious (like with the sweat glands). I'm glad you brought that up.

Thank you,

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Posted 26 November 2009 - 01:48 PM

Hi Dr. Sara:

Thank you!! It is a metallic smell (kind of like Iron). I smell it even after I get out of the shower. You know, I never thought that it could be the smell of the Lithium itself (I don't get that metallic taste that others talk about.) But you smell it too. So maybe that's what it is.

Do you smell the same thing as me? Do others smell it (or just you?) Does it diminish over time / do you get used to it?

Anna: That's good advice. I'll keep that in mind. I will decrease if I have to (like if it's a serious health risk). I'm relucant to change drugs uh-gain.

Jibe: Don't be mean to the girls. :mad: I took your advice, Jibe -- I saw my psychiatrist yesterday & he said to check with my GP, to make sure it's nothing serious (like with the sweat glands). I'm glad you brought that up.

Thank you,

GardenGirl



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Posted 27 November 2009 - 06:14 AM

Try staying more hydrated perhaps. I never had this though :mad:
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Posted 27 November 2009 - 09:27 AM

Thanks Beek -- that's not a bad idea. You can't go wrong drinking lots of water with Lithium. I feel more energised, less nauseous...probably I'd be less smelly too! I'll give that a go.

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