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Re: Microdoses of meds

Posted by PeterMartin on October 16, 2021, at 21:27:34

In reply to Re: Microdoses of meds porkpiehat, posted by Hugh on July 26, 2021, at 13:06:27

> > What are you considering "microdoses" of lithium? Used for stabilization or just depression?
> >
> > When I take 100mg of lithium I feel super dead inside
> There are studies that indicate that people can benefit significantly from getting just a few hundred micrograms of lithium per day. Tiny doses can improve mood and longevity and help to prevent dementia.

There is a company that is trying to bring a special micro-dose lithium pill, called NP03, to market for dementia/Alzheimer's. They had positive results in a recent trial, but I couldn't get information from them as to when it might be availalbe:

NP03, a Microdose Lithium Formulation, Blunts Early Amyloid Post-Plaque Neuropathology in McGill-R-Thy1-APP Alzheimer-Like Transgenic Rats

Epidemiological, preclinical, and clinical studies have suggested a role for microdose lithium in reducing Alzheimer's disease (AD) risk by modulating key mechanisms associated with AD pathology. The novel microdose lithium formulation, NP03, has disease-modifying effects in the McGill-R-Thy1-APP transgenic rat model of AD-like amyloidosis at pre-plaque stages, before frank amyloid-β (Aβ) plaque deposition, during which Aβ is primarily intraneuronal. Here, we are interested in determining whether the positive effects of microdose lithium extend into early Aβ post-plaque stages. We administered NP03 (40μg Li/kg; 1 ml/kg body weight) to McGill-R-Thy1-APP transgenic rats for 12 weeks spanning the transition phase from plaque-free to plaque-bearing. The effect of NP03 on remote working memory was assessed using the novel object recognition task. Levels of human Aβ38, Aβ40, and Aβ42 as well as levels of pro-inflammatory mediators were measured in brain-extracts and plasma using electrochemiluminescent assays. Mature Aβ plaques were visualized with a thioflavin-S staining. Vesicular acetylcholine transporter (VAChT) bouton density and levels of chemokine (C-X-C motif) ligand 1 (CXCL1), interleukin-6 (IL-6), and 4-hydroxynonenal (4-HNE) were probed using quantitative immunohistochemistry. During the early Aβ post-plaque stage, we find that NP03 rescues functional deficits in object recognition, reduces loss of cholinergic boutons in the hippocampus, reduces levels of soluble and insoluble cortical Aβ42 and reduces hippocampal Aβ plaque number. In addition, NP03 reduces markers of neuroinflammation and cellular oxidative stress. Together these results indicate that microdose lithium NP03 is effective at later stages of amyloid pathology, after appearance of Aβ plaques.




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