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Raving ravens :-)

Posted by Squiggles on July 15, 2005, at 12:06:49

In reply to Re: Raving ravens :-) Squiggles, posted by barbaracat on July 15, 2005, at 11:57:14

> Squiggles,
> Coupla questions. When you say you've never had a breakthrough episode, could you clarify?

No depression, no mania.

> Did you note what company made the bogus generic lithium brand?

Yes, and I have notified them.

We keep hearing how generics are 'just as good' but I have noticed difference in quality and effect from a few generics, but so far, not lithium.

I don't believe that all generics are necessarily
bad. In a production line "quality control" may
fail in pharmaceuticals, just as in any other
manufacturing company. Alternatively, it could
be a bad batch, or an imported bad batch, or
an old depleted batch. I really don't know but
I would hesitate to generalize to all drugs from
this. It could just as easily happen withe anothe
non-generic brand.

Valeant (my usual provider) warned me that switching from one brand to another or generic
may not be bioequivalent. They were right.

> I have not been the same since restarting after my 10 day break from lithium. Could be other factors such as raising the Cymbalta a slight amount, but this dragging muddy feeling is - a drag. I know exercising, taking a walk, would help but my overriding sentiment is 'screw it, I don't want to and I'll just have to keep doing it'. So I don't. If someone were dangling the winning lottery ticket in front of me on a stick, I might rouse myself, but no one is, so screw it. And I'm usually the one beating the 'exercise is good for you' drum.

It took me 30 days to start feeling normal and
I am still stabilizing. Dose and time are important -- perhaps your dr. could help you with

> It's true that when we're in these places, the brain doesn't track well and normal rules do not apply.

I hope you get better soon; I don't know why
lithium has always been so good with me - it's
just a good match and I sympathize if not all
can be so lucky. I have a friend who has gone
through about 20 drugs before getting right.





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