withdrawl from lithium

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Kurt Cobain
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   Posted 1/5/2007 1:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there, I'm new to this fourm and just wanted to let anybody out there with questions about lithium to please ask away.  I've been on lithium for over 10 years now and finally weaned myself off today.  Does anyone share the same experience? Will I go back into Mania?

hopeless lilly
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   Posted 1/5/2007 4:16 AM (GMT -6)   

I'm just wondering why you quit. Only because I was prescribed Lithium this week. I haven't started taking it yet... I guess I'm scared.


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   Posted 1/5/2007 4:28 AM (GMT -6)   
My pdoc says according to the research, 70% of people who stop long-term lithium use have a relapse within 1 year, and after 5 years off lithium, only about 10% are relapse free.  I guess this wouldn't necessarily apply if you switched to another mood stabilizer.

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   Posted 1/5/2007 8:01 AM (GMT -6)   
i can understand aomeone wanting to stop  a behavior that is harmful or unnrcrsdsary.  but if the lithium is doing its job of mood stabilization, why would you want to stop it?
i have chronic debilitating back pain and take percocet to control the pain.  why would i want to stop taking this medication unless i am massocistic?
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