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Week of December 16, 2002

    Question: I have read about low carnitine levels in patients taking Depakote, but don't understand how Zyprexa causes weight gain and diabetes in some patients. What is the mechanism that causes weight gain and diabetes while taking Depakote and Zyprexa?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: Could you give me your unbiased opinion of the organic form of lithium and why there is not much discussion out there about it (organic lithium orotate--lithium with a mineral transport carrier)?   Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I have been diagnosed and treated for depression in the past. It got so bad that I started having delusions and was hospitalized for three weeks. I never want to go through that again. It has been 5 years since that episode in my life and lately I have been under a great deal of stress. What are my options to help keep myself from slipping into that pit of darkness and hopelessness again?    Dr. Pies' Answer