Advice on tapering off Lithium
Hi- I was wondering if anyone could tell me if they are or have been in the same boat as me. I have been on Lithium for 17 yrs straight. I have just started to taper down last week, in hopes of going off completely & possibly adding Prystique (sp?) if needed.
I was on 600 mg for YEARS. About a yr & a half ago, I did try to lower my dose, (only for about a month), but because of our family possibly making a major move, etc, I got nervous & went back up to 600 mg. to be safe. Since then, we have relocated & I feel the most stable I have ever felt. My level has always been .5, even on a higher dose (the highest I got to was 900 mg), & last yr after starting to lower & getting nervous, I tried increasing because out of my own fear I felt I had to, & I had horrible side effects, so doc put me back on 600.
Anyway, my question is, has anyone been on Lithium (just lithium for the most part) for this long & if so, have you tried to come off? Just curious what to expect & how to wean...........right now my doc has me weaning slowly....
Thank you so much.