For a couple of months now I’ve been taking 900mg of Lithium and 40mg of Prozac each day. I stopped taking the Seroquel about 4 months back, but I might have to get back on that because my sleep problems are back. It really helped me to get a solid nights rest, but I wanted to stop taking it as soon as was practical. Now I realize that like my other medications, I might need to take Seroquel daily forever as well.
The Lithium/Prozac combo works pretty well for me, but it took a couple of weeks before I got used to the Lithium. I had stomach problems a lot, but that was the only noticeable side effect. I had to take it with food in the beginning, but now I can take it on an empty stomach if I need to and it’s no problem. I like the Lithium because it’s processed by the kidneys, not the liver, like so many of the other anti-depressant/mood stabilizer drugs out there – my liver needs a break!
I do still have some days where I feel like a non-person for reason at all. I don’t have as many manic episodes now, which is what the Lithium is primarily supposed to control. I am certainly better off than with no meds, which you’d think by now I’d have that irrefutable fact tattooed on my brain. But, like the super-genius I think I am, I always try to push my luck at some point and stop taking some or all of my chemicals.
I like this current cocktail, though, and I am going to stick with it. I did have to start out on a lower dose of Lithium at first, and then after blood tests, upgrade to the 900mg a day. There’s a very tight range of effectiveness of the drug in your blood stream – I was under at first, and now I think it’s right on target. Anyway, I just thought I’d put that down on paper. Cheers.
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