Posted by strugglingsteve on January 20, 2006, at 18:30:23
In reply to Re: ECT Success Stories, posted by linkadge on January 20, 2006, at 16:29:52
I am just really scared about doing it because I think its going to be bilateral. I tolerated lithium ok but didnt handle tca's very well at all. I am hoping to do maintenance ect monthly for as long as possible and stay off of drugs. My doc said some people that is how they live and I wouldnt mind going to the hospital one day a month and getting zapped. I just am unsure about the maintenance between bilateral or unilateral. One person I know has bilateral once every 6 weeks and it works great for her. The reason I am doing this is that either the meds dont work or I cannot tolerate them. I just tried nardil but it blew up my prostate and so that was the last drug in the medicine cabinet. Wellbutrin brings me up halfway but leaves me feeling terribly sick and not very optimistic.
> It is the most effective, but unfortunately it has a very high relapse rate. Have you talked to your doctor about what can be done to prevent relaspe.
> The lithium/nortryptaline combination seems to be effective in preventing post ECT relapse.
> In one study, 80% of drug free individuals relapsed, wherase lith-nortryp reduced it to about 30%, where either drug alone had a rate somewhere in-between.