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Re: To SLS Roslynn

Posted by SLS on September 19, 2022, at 19:35:17

In reply to Re: To SLS, posted by Roslynn on September 19, 2022, at 14:36:34

> > Caplyta (lumateperone) has recently been approved for bipolar type I depression
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> > If it had been available 5 years ago, I would have liked to have tried lumateperone. Latuda (lurasidone) is supposed to be for bipolar depression, too.
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> I wish I could take Caplyta but I'm on SSDI/Medicare and it would be super-expensive.
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> > I am curious if you have tried Abilify (aripiprazole).
> >
> I tried it once but it made me extremely irritable.
>
> Thank you for all your suggestions :)
>


Okay. One more. Since lithium helps you, I think you should approach your doctor and ask him if you can take 300 mg/day of lithium safely. Kidney effects are dosage-dependent.

I have a form of bipolar disorder that looks exactly like unipolar depression in that mania never emerged spontaneously. Mania occurs in me only in association with taking certain medications. There is another type of bipolar depression listed in the DSM-5 wherein mania never occurs. You can think of this mood condition as being a normal bipolar disorder that got "stuck" in the depressive phase.

It turns out that my remission is dependent on a small dosage of lithium (300 mg/day). Attempting to discontinue it caused me to relapse. Trying to increase the dosage to 450 mg/day caused me to relapse as well. The brain can be very finicky.


This is what I'm currently taking:

Nardil 90 mg/day
Nortriptyline 150 mg/day
Lamictal 300 mg/day
Lithium 300 mg/day


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