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How to structure lithium CR withdrawal?

How to structure lithium CR withdrawal?

Postby whitelight » Oct 26, 2012 5:15 pm

Hi,

I'm on 900 mg lithium, and am going to start tapering off. The trick is that it's CR or controlled release, in 450 mg. tablets.
As far as I know, lithium also comes in 300 mg tablets, but this is "immediate release." So how should i set up at 10-20% drop, if I have to mix and match extended release and regular lithium? This seems tricky-- I don't want to confuse my body by taking a CR in the morning and a regular lithium carbonate at night.

If you've successfully tapered off lithium CR, how did you do it??

Thanks!
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Re: How to structure lithium CR withdrawal?

Postby whitelight » Oct 26, 2012 9:33 pm

Never mind! I figured out the 300 and 450 are both ER... it just makes it hard to fine-tune the taper. Gotta be in multiples of 300 or 450...
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Re: How to structure lithium CR withdrawal?

Postby Avonleamarilla » Oct 29, 2012 7:46 am

I am extremely interested in this thread as it's my dilemma.

I have now been hearing about the 10% reduction rule by those I admire (Dr. Liz Miller and Dr. Breggin etc.)
and I cannot get my ER lithium tablets in doses lower than 450mg....

I don't have $ to go to a compounding pharmacy and I also don't have money to get tapering equipment myself.

So, the only thing I could do is just split the 450 into 225, but that's way more than 10% & that freaks me out. I want to do this right. I don't want to be one of the relapsers!

Any ideas? Suggestions? Experiences?

THANKS! :))))
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Re: How to structure lithium CR withdrawal?

Postby Khalsa44 » Nov 08, 2012 9:52 pm

Blessings to your heart fellow traveller

I take 2x250g lithium twice a day (1000mg)
I found I can cut them in quarters- thus reduce by about 7% every, 2-3 weeks.
This is not accurate cutting but it feels manageable for my body.

I wish u so much luck in your withdrawal process. Stay strong, be so kind to yourself and have patience.
I have found
-journaling,
-kundalini yoga,
-time sitting on the earth and swimming in the ocean,
-holistic support people,
-a healing community
-and faith in the goddess within have nourished me along the way.

I am in the process of my 5th attempt at withdrawal and I have complete faith in my success combined with wisdom from the journey!
I have faith in the complete full and joyful possibility of a successful withdrawal for you too!
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