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Re: Lithium ed_uk

Posted by barbaracat on March 23, 2005, at 20:19:21

In reply to Re: Lithium barbaracat, posted by ed_uk on March 23, 2005, at 16:23:18

> That's interesting, there aren't any sublingual hormones on the market here, we do have hormones in the form of a nasal spray though! (Aerodiol)
**I don't think we have the nasal. Sounds interesting. Regular pharmacies don't carry the sublinguals or the creams. We have them made up by a compounding pharmacy. Probably the biggest and most well known one in the US is Women's International Pharmacy. They've done alot of pioneering hormone compounding.
> Have you ever taken Synthroid on its own? In your experience, is it more effective to take Synthroid and Cytomel in combination?

**Yes, I've taken straight T4 alone before and it didn't work as well. I only take 5mg of Cytomel which is pretty small, but it seems to kick start the T3 conversion. When I was on Armour, a natural T4/T3 dessicated hormone the T3 was too high and gave me jitters.
> When I've worked in pharmacies in the UK, we get trillions of prescriptions for T4 every day. I've never once seen a prescription for T3 though!

**It's fairly common over here. Theory is that some people don't convert T4 to the active form as well as they should.
I've never tried sertraline though, I might try that next time. SSRIs don't do much for my depression, if I get really depressed in future I'd like to try an MAOI. Lofepramine is ok for my depression but not great.

**I was on sertraline for years and liked it better than most of the SSRI type meds. It worked well for my depression, but would lose potency after a while and had to keep bumping it up. Never tried an MAOI but have heard that it really helps some people where everything else failed. I think the idea is to get a reversible one that lessens the side effect. I believe moclobemide is one but I don't think we have it here in the states. I remember hearing about it on the Babble board some time back. It's interesting how meds are different in the UK and US.
I hope you continue to feel good and that nasty depression doesn't return.





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