Johnny Manziel was hospitalized after a bad reaction to a change in his Lithium prescription

Jason Miller/Getty ImagesJohnny Manziel only spent two seasons in the NFL, both with the Cleveland Browns.
  • Johnny Manziel was hospitalized following a bad reaction to an increase in dosage in Lithium, but it does not look like he suffered any serious or lasting effects.
  • Manziel had begun taking Lithium in order to treat his bipolar disorder, which he says was the cause of his problems with alcohol abuse.

Johnny Manziel had an unfortunate health scare recently which saw him sent to a hospital in Texas, as initially reported by TMZ Sports.

“Thank you, everyone, for your concern and kind messages,” Manziel wrote in an Instagram story. “Unfortunately I had a reaction to an increased dosage in Lithium which I take for my Bipolar disorder. It was a scary moment, and I’m especially grateful for the staff at the hospital and all that they have done in the last 24 hours.”

Manziel’s representative, Denise Michaels, told TMZ Sports that he was alright and “headed home.”

Manziel had revealed in February that he had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and that he had begun taking medication for it, and that going on medication had helped him quit drinking. Manziel also expressed at the time a desire to go back to playing football professionally. Manziel last played football for the Cleveland Browns in 2015.

Lithium is a common medication prescribed for treating Bipolar disorder – Psychology Today calls it “perhaps the best-known of the mood stabilizers.” However, it is also one that must be carefully regulated due to its toxicity.

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