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Re: running out of AD options...Is Lithium next?

Posted by Elizabeth on August 19, 1999, at 14:52:18

In reply to Re: running out of AD options...Is Lithium next?, posted by yardena on August 18, 1999, at 23:35:49

For unipolar depression, lithium is better as an augmentation drug than used by itself. Actually, if you add lithium to an ineffective or partially-effective antidepressant, there's about a 50% chance that it will become effective.

I take lithium (600mg, with a serum level of around 0.7 mmol/L) along with Parnate. I believe you would need a higher dose of lithium if you were to take it by itself. I've found it enormously helpful, but like I said this is literally a 50/50 thing.

I think I've discussed this elsewhere on the board - take a look at the thread "Your vote to treat ANHEDONIA" (begins 8/14).




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