Posted by Ritch on May 8, 2005, at 21:40:55
In reply to Re: Please read my short story, posted by linkadge on May 8, 2005, at 19:49:17
> THe drug divalproex offers *much* less protection against suicide than does lithium. Lithium has gone out of favor however since its not a big money maker.
> As if suicide wasn't an important factor when deciding to try a drug! There will be no reps running around pushing doctors to prescribe lithium more.
Lithium may offer more "protection" against suicide, but it didn't address my rapid-cycling bipolar as well as divalproex. I'm more stable now generally, than when I was on lithium. VPA was developed in the '70's-generic is available I think. It is the enteric and ER formulations of it that maintain Abbott's revenue stream. It does make me wonder why other pharma co.'s can't come out with a competing enteric coated version..