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Re: Keppra (levetiracetam) for bipolar disorder?

Posted by SLS on September 8, 2005, at 6:53:45

In reply to Re: Keppra (levetiracetam) for bipolar disorder? SLS, posted by theo on September 7, 2005, at 23:29:44

Hi Ted.

> Any luck with the Keppra? Are you hanging in or about to throw in the towel with it?

I haven't given up on Keppra yet. I almost quit taking it last week after my initial improvement disappeared at 1000mg. However, I feel that it is still helping a little. For me, the more gradual the improvement, the better the prognosis for remission. It is difficult for me to tell if there is a genuine trend towards improvement, but since I don't have many obvious alternatives left to try, I want to give Keppra a fair chance at working. I am currently taking 2000mg. This is the dosage being used investigationally for the treatment of bipolar disorder.

> Also, did you have ANY luck with Cymbalta at 30mg for any period, or is 60mg best minimum dose?

I responded briefly to Cymbalta at a dosage of 60mg. In unusual cases, people can glean an improvement at very low dosages of almost any antidepressant. However, I would target 60mg as soon as possible with Cymbalta if you can tolerate it. I started at 30mg for a week to avoid side effects.

- Scott




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