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Re: ECT: Unilateral or Bilateral Dave1

Posted by Jumpy on January 15, 2003, at 21:08:36

In reply to Re: ECT: Unilateral or Bilateral, posted by Dave1 on January 15, 2003, at 20:44:06

> Hi Jumpy,
> Seems like we are talking alot. I read that too.
> Its hard for me to find someone to do unilateral ECT, let alone someone that will do high dose. I guess I could call the few that I found and see what they say. I wonder what the difference is between bilateral and bifrontal. Bifrontals seem to be the new trend. I really don't want that bad feeling again if I do the treatments again.
> Dave

Most edoc will try unilateral first and only go to bilateral if you show no improvement over 10 to 20 treatments. The key is just getting the maintenance meds started early .... during ECT if possible. Unless you are going to maintenance ECT.


BTW Bilateral is definately more potent that unilateral .... but in the studies, the researchers can make them look statistically equal. But that is why the edocs go to bilateral if unilateral fails, because it is more potent.




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