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Haldol experiences? med_empowered

Posted by yesac on November 11, 2005, at 11:47:32

In reply to Re: AP+Lithium, posted by med_empowered on November 5, 2005, at 21:18:14

> At any rate...even if it didnt cause brain damage, the combo seems so bad to me. I mean, wouldn't that flatten somebody out A LOT? It seems like drug-induced dysphoria/depression would be a big problem, along with cognitive impairment and over-sedation.

I have read and heard (directly from research psychiatrists-- I work in the psych department of a medical school and I sometimes attend grand rounds) that lithium has neuroprotective qualities. I'm not saying that it couldn't also be neurotoxic, and I'm not saying that I'd take it if I didn't have to. But it has been around for a hell of a long time and it is very well researched. I guess I probably feel safer with lithium than with most anything newer.

Also, I think you are right that lithium/AP combos could really dull people down. I've even seen it. However, like Ed said, I think it's largely dose-dependent and also person-dependent. I take both, and I have for a while, and my doses are relatively low. I do not feel flat or dulled. I think these types of drugs can be beneficial for people in very low doses, much lower than they've used in many studies.




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