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Re: Lithium barbaracat

Posted by ed_uk on March 23, 2005, at 6:32:44

In reply to Re: Lithium ed_uk, posted by barbaracat on March 22, 2005, at 21:23:50

Hi B!

>I've never been sure if I had BP-II or I but what's in a name?

In the European ICD-10 we just call it bipolar affective disorder, there is no I or II :-)

>my thyroid has a hard time remaining stable...

I wonder if a dose reduction would help this? - Especially since your level is only 0.3. Has your thyroid condition become easier to manage when you've reduced the dose previously?

>Why would I want to fix something (lithium dose) if it ain't broke?

Good point!

>But at some point I may inch on downward and see if things hold.

Perhaps you could reduce the dose gradually in very small steps- with careful monitoring for relapse. I think it would be useful to see your pdoc very regularly if you were doing this, depression can feel very much like reality if you know what I mean. If you relapse you could immediately go back up to 0.3.

>But I'll leave that lithium experiment for when I'm reallllly stable for a good long time.

I think that's a good idea. Don't rush into anything, your current stability is precious- hang on to it!

>Are you a health professional?

No, I'm a pharmacy student atm.

>a fellow sufferer...

Yes: anxiety, OCD, depression etc.

Kind regards,
Ed.



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