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BPWife
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   Posted 4/21/2009 6:45 AM (GMT -7)   
I was talking to a friend who is social worker last night and she mentioned that a few of the clients she worked with in the past were able to get a lithium shot once every three weeks.  Has anyone ever heard of this?  Does it work?  Is it safe? 
 
My husband constantly goes off his meds after a hospitalization for various reasons but I thought this could be an option for him too.
 
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BP Wife

serafena
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   Posted 4/21/2009 7:44 AM (GMT -7)   
I haven't heard of a shot, but that doesn't mean much. Have him ask his doc if he's interested. That could be useful. My only question is that it's so tricky to keep lithium levels stable, how would they do that with a shot? But I'm not a doctor. What the heck do I know? Let us know what you find out, please. I'm curious now.

Thanks,
serafena
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BPWife
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   Posted 4/21/2009 9:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Those are my worries as well. I don't know all the details behind it and what those clients treatment plans were. Could be that they were on other stablizing meds as well. But I will definitely ask and try to find out other info.

But if anyone here knows anything - please share!

olivia of course
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   Posted 4/23/2009 6:09 AM (GMT -7)   
I wasn't aware of there being a Lithium shot out there. I know it comes in liquid for to be taken orally. I also know that they give it to you through IV if you are having an acute manic episode, but not on a regular basis. I would ask the pdoc about this.

Unfortunetely, what works for one person may not work for the next. There are a lot of mood stabilizers out there, and they usually work by trial and error.

Here is link of different meds that might be helpful. http://www.drugs.com/condition/bipolar-disorder.html

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to post, or use the pdoc for they will be your best source.

Olivia
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