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Question for JohnL

Posted by Erin on July 11, 1999, at 1:24:24

In reply to Re: Reply to Erin, posted by JohnL on July 9, 1999, at 3:14:11


I took my first dose of 50 mg last night- really didn't have too many problems (just a tad bit sleepy). I have a few questions about the slow initial dosage- Why did your doctor recommend the slow dosage increase (by 25 mg weekly, instead of the jump from 100 to 200 mg after a one week period) before hitting the 200 mg mark? It seems like the therapeutic dosage is at least 200 mg and if I read it correctly it looked like your was about 275 mg. Are some people's ideal dosing range lower than 200 mg? I hope that what I asked is somewhat clear- I may have to clarify later.

I'm augmenting my 50 mg dose with 1 mg of Lorazepam at night to help me sleep. My anxiety level seems to have increase more in the evening when I have time to contemplate my situation.

I think I remember reading that you might be dealing with BiPolar II. What did your doctor recommend for dealing with the hypomanic times? I'm still trying to figure out if that's what I'm dealing with. I don't remember ever having a manic episode but I may have had a hypomanic episode where I was incredibly irritated and agitated. I've never had the wilder side of a manic episode I've read about in books. I really need to get some more recent info about this condition- any recommendations?

Thanks again for your time and consideration,





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