My girlfriend has bipolar disorder and is schizo effective and is prescribed 150ml of lithium a day. We both don't like how she acts and thinks when she's on it for long periods of time. But when she stops it completely she literally goes insane. My question is: Is there a way that I can administer the medication so she can take some time off it but not go crazy? Like: 1 week on, 1 week off. Take it 3 or 4 days a week... Her doctor will never agree to this and WE ARE going to experiment with it. So don't try to talk me out of it. Just give me suggestions bc I'm not a doctor
Lithium - Is there a way to stay "sane" and not take the medication every day?
- 2 May 2017 by haoleninja86
- 8 May 2017
- peri-ds, bipolar disorder, lithium, prescription, period, medication, disorder
Added 4 May 2017:
She is saying she would rather go be homeless and not be with me so that I won't force her to take her meds anymore. Bc I do force her to take them every day. But she super beautiful and if I let her go be homeless and crazy terrible things will happen to her. I know she will get sexually assaulted. She says the meds take her "soul" away. And I believe her. There's always an "in between time" between when she's on her meds and when she goes insane and she super great to be around during that time. Is there no way to maintain that state of mind? I was trying to convince her to do 4 days on meds and 3 days off but she wouldn't agree. Not even to 3 on/4 off. I know when she goes off her meds she's doing irreparable damage to her brain and I've told her till I was blue in the face. The only compromise she was willing to take is 2 weeks off and 5 days on. How long will that work for before she is A: a vegetable. B: being admitted to the mental hospital (again). C: beyond the realm where meds will even still work?
No; she will end up a scrambled egg if you start playing with medications that require 'steady state' blood plasma levels to work.
Amazing that at your age you have absorbed 60+ years of clinical experience and know better than doctors who spent more than 8 years of study and draw on that 60 years to become psychiatrists.
There are other treatment options besides lithium. There are a plethora of drugs that could be substituted for lithium. Valproate/divalproex, Tegretol, Zyprexa, Lamictal, Seroquel, Latuda, Trileptal, Abilify, Risperdal, Saphris... the list goes on and on. Talk with her doctor about altering the treatment plan to improve your girlfriends satisfaction with the results so she will comply with his prescription.
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