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Lithium is up there with Pennicilin and Aspirin

Posted by Squiggles on July 12, 2005, at 9:07:26

In reply to Re: Lithium is up there with Pennicilin and Aspiri, posted by ramsea on July 12, 2005, at 8:19:39

> I agree with Squiggles. Lithium isn't for everyone, but it works well for me. I don't feel dulled and my creativity and mental clarity are of great importance to me. It saved me from the hell of Mixed Mania.

It's not without its faults -- the side effects are
bothersome, and the "narrow therapeutic index" can
make some doctors and patients squeamish, maybe
even downright scared. But I have never had a deadly reaction (as you can see :-)) and my dr. says I am always on the low side of the spectrum.
I think that reading about the dangerous side effects may have made influenced me.

Another thing about this drug, is that it may
take longer for some people to become stabilized
and they give it up.

As for mixed modes, I find it interesting that in my case it has always targeted and eliminiated
both psychotic depression and mental and motor
mania within at least a few hours and at most to
a day to a few days. Remarkable, really. So,
for me it is a great drug, but loading after being
off it, can be painful - headaches, heaviness of
body, chest tightness etc.

Once stabilized, it is like heaven on earth.
I guess I'm a textbook bipolar bear. If only
we had a li-detector to check on you lithium
levels; any pharmacies interested in doing
some hardware?





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