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Re: Dysphoric Mania barbaracat

Posted by CareBear04 on March 22, 2005, at 12:44:45

In reply to Re: Dysphoric Mania CareBear04, posted by barbaracat on March 22, 2005, at 12:31:01

thanks barbaracat. i don't know if my body is better or less able to metabolize lithium. i think i'm definitely more sensitive to it because a dose like 450mg now is .5, whereas a year ago, it would be like .2. there doesn't appear to be anything wrong with my kidneys, so it's just an unexplained change. once i got over the fear that i needed 1800mg to function, i like the lower dose better.

you mentioned dropping the therapeutic range down to include 0.4. do you happen to know what the therapeutic range used to be? i remember reading in kay jamison's _an unquiet mind_ that the therapeutic doses were much higher then, and that she was often toxic from her prescribed dose. i'm very glad i wasn't treated with lithium during that time, but i'm curious what dose people were prescribed if it made them sick so often?

thanks!


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