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Re: Anti-psychiatry has surpassed Goebbels Squiggles

Posted by SLS on April 7, 2006, at 8:12:42

In reply to Re: Anti-psychiatry has surpassed Goebbels SLS, posted by Squiggles on April 7, 2006, at 7:55:12

> Well, i can't argue with that lol.
>
> But I wonder if there is any way to
> separate observation of the effect of lithium directly on the thyroid (mania and anxiety being
> naturally reduced by hypothyroidism) and
> the 5-HT receptor activity - or are they
> possibly correlated? Is it possible that
> lithium is simply producing hypothyroidism
> as an adjunct in depressives or drug-agitated
> patients, as well a true manic-depressives?


Hi Squiggles.

The response to lithium can occur within a few days, so I doubt that the thyroid is involved. It takes awhile for the toxic effects of lithium to develop. The effects are dosage-dependent, so I wouldn't expect 300mg to produce thyroid toxicity, even in prolonged exposure.


- Scott

 

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