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About a month ago I asked a question as to how long it would take for my Lithium levels to get back to my normal level after being off of it for a couple of weeks (Doc. orders, not choice). After two weeks my levels were still .3 below my normal level. I go in at the four week point (next week) for another blood draw. I am feeling much better and look forward to finding treatment for my other condition that will get along with my Lithium :)

I started taking a suppliment that works like an anti inflamitory. I would love to hear any suggestions for anti inflamitory type meds/suppliments that go with Lithium. PLEASE
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I haven't tried it myself, but I hear fish oil has an anti-inflammatory effect, particularly for the joints.  
It is annoying how NSAIDs react with lithium and such things.  I have to be very careful with mixing the pills I take for my period and my valproate.  Means lots of pain.  Am thinking of trying fish oil soon...
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      Fish oil has shown some promise as an adjunct to standard mood stabilizers and I took in the past for that purpose as well as other uses as determined by a doctor or psychiatrist. However now that there is the FDA approved medication Lovaza that was developed from fish oil and although developed as an anti-cholesterol medication is used off label for bipolar (there may be other uses as well within a doctor's discretion) that is one that more psychiatrists are wiling to prescribe. I am prescribed Lovaza as a mood stabilizer and it has shown much help and since unlike fish oil its a specific amount that is an FDA approved medication it is safer and also more effective. A doctor could determine whether it would be helpful in any other regard and also the potential interactions with other medications as well as other safety issues.
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I find fish oil does wonderful things for my mood and I think helps with the inflamation (inflammation) from arthritis. I also have high cholesterol so it is a triple benefit for me. Not too fond of the fish burps but they don't last too long.
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