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Re: coming off lithium?

Posted by Christ_empowered on May 29, 2021, at 15:17:29

In reply to Re: coming off lithium?, posted by Roslynn on May 29, 2021, at 10:46:25

hi there. so sorry about your situation :-(

ok, so -no personal experience- . really helpful, I know. lol. however...

i skimmed over a bit of info on lithium discontinuation while searching for info on neuroleptic/tranquilizer discontinuation. fun fact: just like (it seems...) all psych drugs, ever, stopping lithium carries with it a definite discontinuation syndrome, which does not necessarily mean that an underlying condition is getting worse or anything.

ok. it does seem that a lot of lithium's actions seem to overlap with the neuroleptics, carries a different adverse effect profile. personally, i've found sedatives (gabantin/neurontin, in my case) helpful when reducing the dosage of my "atypical antipsychotic."

would your prescribing doctor consider providing some flavor sedative? i'd personally try to steer clear of any "atypical" antipsychotics, at least right now (honestly, in general, but that's me...). th elast thing anyone would want is to deal with NMS or akathisia on top of lithium discontinuation.

maybe...neurontin, lyrica, even a short(ish) term benzodiazepine (good ole valium, even) ?

ok. hope this helps a bit.




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