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Re: considering switching depakote to lithium?

Posted by Squiggles on October 2, 2001, at 21:52:23

In reply to Re: considering switching depakote to lithium? geekUK, posted by Chloe on October 2, 2001, at 18:15:44

> I just switched from an long line of AC's (Tegretol, depakote, trileptal) over the years to lithium and I am so glad I did.
> I was quite hesistant to try Li, since I have tried it in the past, and hated the side effects of tremor and nausea. BUT, this go around, I am taking the extended release form and it is so much easier to tolerate! No complaints really, in the side effect department.
> I vote for giving it a try. But make sure your doctor gives you the ER formula. It has a much smoother, gentler effect. And I too, prefer putting a more "natural" salt in my body opposed to a drug.
> I am sorry you have to suffer with stigmas over there.
> Take care
> Chloe

That's good to know Chloe. I do recall asking
for the ER formula from my doctor, but I think
it is not available in Canada. I sometimes
get some gastro difficulty, no tremor that I
can identify ( I believe that tremor occurs in
the hands when it does with lithium from what
I have read ). I am quite amazed by this drug
as I have been taking it for close to 20 years
and have never felt depressed. I do have to
take a thyroxine supplement though.





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