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Re: ECT- Unilateral vs. Bilateral, Side effects ?

Posted by Dave A on June 3, 2000, at 17:04:39

In reply to Re: ECT- Unilateral vs. Bilateral, Side effects ? Dave A, posted by SLS on June 3, 2000, at 7:36:40

> Dear Dave,
>
> Thanks for citing the article. I don't know if I will be able to read it, but perhaps I can get to it in the future.e
>
> > Other research: (Might help Scott too.)
> >
> > My P-DOC gave me the MAY 2000 issue
> > of Archives of General Psychiatry, and it
> > gives a good, current article on Unilateral
> > vs. Bilateral, as well as some stuff on
> > continuation therapy to prevent relapse.
> > This is something I might have a problem
> > with. In each of my previous treatment sets, though incomplete, the positive effects only
> > lasted about a month.
>
> Have you decided to continue with bilateral or unilateral?
>
> Are the bilateral treatments you are currently receiving considered to be high-dosage?
>
> I would be interested to know if your doctor would consider using an antidepressant to help with prophylaxis.
>
>
> - Scott


Scott,

I'm not sure whether they were high or low
voltage. I did it several times a while ago.
I believe the best results I had were when
I did high voltage. Each time I was also on
a moderate dose of Prozac (if this is what you
mean by prophylaxis). Also, the article
said that a TCA with lithium was the best to
prevent relapse. Maybe you could try that or
Prozac during the initial treatments. Also,
I think that augmenting with caffeine can help.
If I'm correct about my previous sessions,
High voltage bilaterals might be your answer.

P.S. I think if I do it again I will try
high dose unilateral.

Luck,

Dave


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