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Re: lithium vs. zyprexa for bipolar II

Posted by cybercafe on March 14, 2003, at 21:42:12

In reply to Re: lithium vs. zyprexa for bipolar II cybercafe, posted by jay on March 12, 2003, at 20:44:32

> > hi, i am wondering if taking lithium would have a
> > greater antidepressant effect than 2.5 mg of zyprexa for bipolar type 2
> >
> >
> Personally, I don't think so. Of course, you know YMMV, etc. But knowing the actions and mechanisms of both drugs, I would think the Zyprexa (and maybe even at a bit higher dose) would work better for BPII. At least that is what I experienced when I have taken both.

okay zyprexa is wonderful for levelling out moods ... but the mood i get is always depressed

i understand lithium not only provides mood stability but also has an antidepressant effect

> There is some research indicating effectiveness in combining a mood stabilizer with the atypicals, so you could give it a shot. If I where choosing a mood stabilizer in BPII, I'd go with Depakote, and noticed that I didn't need quite the same high levels even normally prescribed. (It only added to side effects.)

yeah i took depakote before... but just like zyprexa, it didn't give me much in the way of antidepressant effect

oh well... thanks for replying jay :)

> Just my take..and you know YMMV, etc. Hope that is some help.
> Best,
> Jay




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