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Re: Back on lithium and grateful for it! fluffy

Posted by barbaracat on July 8, 2004, at 1:14:01

In reply to Re: Back on lithium and grateful for it!, posted by fluffy on July 7, 2004, at 17:43:11

Hey Katy and Katia,
I know we've always got questions about our meds and one of the thorniest is should a bipolaroid be taking an AD? I've been taking St. John's Wort the past 6 weeks and I'm coming to think that it's a very good AD. Wasn't a good idea without the lithium but I felt I needed something and I ain't never gonna go on SSRI's no mo' no mo'. I felt an effect after 1 week but it was going in and out and I needed the lithium to stabilize and augment things. I don't think it's strong enough on it's own for major depression, but a mood stabilizer gives it a kick and I'm definitely feeling a nice mood brightening as time goes on. I can't attribute it to lithium because we all know that lithium is not a zippy type med. The effect I'm experiencing is one that others have reported (those for whom it's worked which is not everyone). A light and gentle kind of brightening. There's a good forum at if you're interested.

But all brands are not the same and I did alot of research and some trial and error to find the best one for me. Long story short, a pharmaceutical grade with a product stabilizer is the way to go. Some people like Kira or Perika but I found them too activating. The one I like best is HBC Protocols which is pharmaceutical and the cheapest. They're at Something else to put in your bag of tricks in case your current med isn't working out. I've had a miserable time with most SSRI-type prescription meds but that was before I realized I was very bipolar mixed states. Keep the faith, girfriends. Good to be back in touch. - Barbara




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