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Starting Lithium--should I ask for ER version?

Posted by lizbeth on May 13, 2002, at 16:54:36

In reply to Re: considering switching depakote to lithium?, posted by Squiggles on October 9, 2001, at 11:08:22


I'm on Depakote Sprinkle 625 mg. and Prozac 30 mg. My pdoc suggested trying Lithium 300 mg. to start and moving up to 600 mg. if it really works (lowering the Dep. to 500 mg. and lower if I stay on it).

From past posts, it sounds like I should push for an Extended Release version. I asked him about it and he said he's seen no huge difference, but I think he was thinking in terms of efficacy and not side effects. I've got a script for the regular Lithium. Should I call and ask for ER? Will it make that much of a difference. Part of me just wants to try the regular Lithium tonight to give it a try (I'll have to wait until tomorrow to try ER).





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