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Re: Lithium levels SLS

Posted by undopaminergic on July 15, 2021, at 11:52:02

In reply to Re: Lithium levels Markwell, posted by SLS on July 15, 2021, at 9:58:13

Informative post, SLS. Thanks.

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> Unfortunately, lithium sometimes displays "lithium-induced lithium refractoriness". That's a fancy term. Simply put, when someone who was kept well for many years on lithium discontinues it, it doesn't work when it is restarted to treat a relapse. That happened to a friend of mine. She was in remission of 8 years on lithium alone. When a new doctor had her stop taking it, she relapsed into depression three weeks later. Restarting Lithium didn't work at all. She has been treatment resistant for at least 30 years.
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> https://www.google.com/search?q=%22lithium-induced+lithium+refractoriness
>

They say this happens with antipsychotics, especially clozapine. And I've heard of it happening with antidepressants.

-undopaminergic


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