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Re: Benzos and other stuff barbaracat

Posted by cache-monkey on March 21, 2005, at 12:43:27

In reply to Re: Benzos and other stuff cache-monkey, posted by barbaracat on March 21, 2005, at 2:36:35


<< Some recent articles state that 600-900mg is proving to be as effective and the current therapeutic window and dosages should be reevaluated. Perhaps your doctor is aware of these studies. >>

I'm not aware of these studies, and my doctor for sure doesn't know about them. (He claims that below a level of 0.6, Lithium will do nothing.) If you have any references, could you please pass them along?

<< Can you live with 'skirting the edge of hypomania', and find healthy lifestyles methods as enhancers to lithium's efficacy? >>

I might just have to. The whole thirst/dehydration/urination thing is really hard to live with right now.

<< The only think I can think of to watch for is the sugars. He uses glucose and this is a good thing since as sugars go since glucose gets converted immediately to energy and metabolizes cleanly. But lithium can raise insulin levels (yet another reason to not bulk up on it) and I don't know how glucose affects this. As a sport drink/rehydrator, glucose is a necessary ingredient, along with the rest of the ingredients in their proper balance. Hydralite contains much less sugar than the others. I like it alot, but don't drink it all the time and depend more on the salt and bicarb to deal with the lithium/kidney thing. >>

Interesting about the insulin. Again something I wasn't aware of. You really have done your research on this!

Thanks again,




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