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Re: Can I take LITHIUM once/day? Chloe

Posted by Ritch on April 22, 2002, at 23:09:34

In reply to Re: Can I take LITHIUM once/day? Ritch, posted by Chloe on April 22, 2002, at 20:11:13

> > Chloe,
> >
> > I got a really decent raise at work once-and I have to "chalk" it up to lithium. I took an extra 150mg daytime (which I had rarely ever done), and went in to talk to my boss about the $$ issues-and I just spelled out my case very casual and matter-of-fact, and walked out .. with more than I expected! The whole trick was not to get all emotional and pissed. That is what will defeat folks everytime.
> >
> > Mitch
>
> Hi,
> I am glad Li gave you the "chill" you needed to be calm and collected to get that extra $$. I really do like Li. It settles me down. And with the absence of AP's, Li is truly essential to my cocktail. Just wish it didn't cause the ol' scalp to burn.
> Switching to once a day dosing has increased the burn, but I am not going to get worried yet. I imagine my body thought I was going to increase the dose, when I was merely "adjusting." Man, my body is SO sensitive.
> But I am really keeping up the Flaxseed oil. Boy, I love that stuff. And it seems to help the most with the scalp and skin pain. I look forward to having a tablespoon of it on an english muffin with cottage cheese. Extremely satisfying. But everyone I tell about this "treat" for me, thinks it's so gross. But actually it's very tasty. The oil is has a nutty flavor that I got used to really fast. Now I don't know what I ate before I happened upon the stuff!
>
> Well, that's my story...Are still taking any Li now? I know you got the depakote back on board. How is the sam-e working out?
> Chloe


Hi Chloe,

Things are a little unstable right now (mild mixed state panicky agitation!)-strangely, after I ran out of dexedrine I have become unstable. I don't know if it is because of dex. withdrawal or not. While I was taking it (just 2.5-5.0mg/day) I almost got completely off Celexa! There was a stretch where I didn't take any Celexa for about eleven days (or any other AD). This is the peak time of the year for any hypomania to occur. So, that's probably what it is.

Flax oil seems to be helping. I take one 1G gelcap at lunch and then another 1G gelcap at dinner. It isn't very expensive and it's good for your cholesterol, etc. I have yet to get the "pressed oil" that is refrigerated.

The SAMe is kinda weird. I definitely can tell something is going on a few hours after I take it. I don't think it is contributing to any agitation however. I just need more MS right now-and strangely I think a stimulant is acting like an MS for me. I am supposed to get Focalin sometime this week to try-I haven't called the pharmacy just yet. I think I will give them a ring tomorrow to see if it came in (along with extra Depakote that they ran out of). I will let you know what happens.

Mitch


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