Several months after last year’s trial of pop singer Britney Spears (with her father) over her use of lithium, fans are still favoring the topic of the harm caused to her by this drug.
Last summer, Britney Spores finally spoke in court against her father, Jamie Spears, who allegedly forced her to take lithium against her will.
The 39-year-old singer also described the side effects she experienced while taking lithium.
What is lithium used for?
According to the Mayo Clinic, lithium is used to treat bipolar disorder or manic-depressive illness. In the 2013 documentary, I am Britney Jean, Spears talked about her bipolar disorder. However, Britney Spears told the court on June 23 last year that she had never taken lithium and that she was satisfied with her new treatment regimen.
“Lithium is also used daily to reduce the frequency and severity of manic episodes,” explains the Mayo Clinic website. “Manic-depressive patients experience severe mood swings, ranging from agitation or a manic state (for example, unusual anger or irritability or a false sense of well-being) to depression or sadness. It is not known how lithium works to stabilize a person’s mood. “However, it acts on the central nervous system.”
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How lithium worked for Britney: What are the side effects of lithium?
As with all medications, Britney Spears knew that lithium could have side effects. According to the American Mental Association, some common side effects of lithium include headache, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness or drowsiness, changes in appetite, and trembling hands. The list also includes dry mouth, increased thirst, weight loss, hair loss and acne-like rashes.
Prolonged use of lithium can cause hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormone levels). The association also reported that rare kidney problems may occur with prolonged use of the drug.
The rare but serious side effect that Britney Spears believes was caused by this drug is confusion and instability. She described feeling “drunk” on the drug.