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Re: Lithium and Lamictal SLS

Posted by Ritch on March 20, 2005, at 17:28:57

In reply to Re: Paxil w/drawal question..anyone?, posted by SLS on March 20, 2005, at 12:06:15

> > Your having figured out your cycles is amazing.
> >
> > I wonder if using light therapy during your depressed phase might not make you manic if you expose yourself to too much of it.
> >
> > What drugs are you currently taking?
> >
> > What has been your history of using mood stabilizers? Ever tried lithium?
> Oops. I forgot about combining lithium + Lamictal.
> - Scott

Yeah, that would probably make a "golden" combo for many folks here. But... I've found something out over the years about me and lithium.. The lithium *does* help with depression generally, but it doesn't do much at all to dampen down my cycling patterns and oddly enough it is a rather poor antimanic for me. Even when I was up to 1200-1500-1800mg/day I still got some rather wild hypomanias.. but it definitely helped depression no doubt about that. Also, I've only got 1/3 of my thyroid left and lithium shreds my GI tract.. so I don't want lithum in the mix again. Depakote or Trileptal worked the best (of what I've tried) for manic symptoms and for cycling (esp Trileptal). But Trileptal is too barfogenic for me.. yack.

Actually, I think Depakote with *Lamictal* would be a better fit for me.. but those are the worst two bipolar meds to put together...




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