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Re: Starting Lithium--should I ask for ER version? lizbeth

Posted by JohnX2 on May 13, 2002, at 22:49:53

In reply to Starting Lithium--should I ask for ER version?, posted by lizbeth on May 13, 2002, at 16:54:36

> Hi,
> 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).
> Thanks,
> Elizabeth

Hi Elizabeth,

Today I popped my 1st lithobid (extended release lithium).
My pdoc seemed to indicate that the extended release may have
"smoother" action and less overbearing side effects as the
medicine does not spike up in your body.

I haven't heard much anecdotal information from other patients
who have tried the ER vs regular version.

Some people recommended "Eskalith", but I don't recall off the top
of my head what is different from that and lithobid? (There were
some long threads on this for me..)

Good Luck,




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