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Re: Lithium is up there with Pennicilin and Aspiri Squiggles

Posted by barbaracat on July 13, 2005, at 15:16:30

In reply to Re: Lithium is up there with Pennicilin and Aspiri, posted by Squiggles on July 12, 2005, at 17:15:15

> You say 1200mg made you ill - how so?

**When I wasn't up to the therapeutic dose, my doctor suggested I go from 300 twice a day to 900 all at night. I felt nauseaus and shakey for a week. Then did 300 in am and 900 in pm and had very bad tremors to the point where I'd poke my eye trying to put in my contacts.

I felt trembly inside, quivery, cognitively doped, blunted, peeing like a racehorse. It DID NOT feel like a good thing and my intuition said 'hey! does this feel like it's doing you any good?' No, said I.

So, against my pdocs advice, over a 1 weeks period I simply decreased to 300mg twice a day, or at the point where I wasn't feeling those weird sensations. This is where I am now and other than difficulty losing weight and having to be extra careful watching my thyroid, I have no side effects at all.

I do know that this is not just placebo because when I've tried to stop taking just this small amount, like recently, I have no doubt that I need it.

It's interesting, I was doing just great before my recent 10 day interruption and I'm still having a hard time getting back to where I was. Feeling depressed and very lethargic and sleeping alot. One never knows if it's a flu or something (I have a slight fever) or if it's a depression or something to push through. Screw it. I'm going back to bed. - Barbara
> Presently, I am at Day 30 and I feel as if
> i have climbed Mount Everest on speed.
> I am a bit tired and as you say sort of low
> but a little jittery too -- probably shock :-)
> My bloods are probably near 0.8 now, maybe
> more after 30 days on the old familiar VALEANT
> version. I feel almost normal -- it just
> crept up on me the generic - really strange.
> Thanks again - that is a very helpful post.
> Squiggles




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