Posted by Ritch on February 5, 2003, at 23:06:13
In reply to decreased my cortisol » linkadge, posted by jumpy on February 5, 2003, at 20:22:14
> > After being perscribed lithium I had to go and search the internet for all its pros. Turns out that it decreases cortisol significantly and it also significantly raises the levels of the major neuroprotective protein in the brain.
> > hmmm
> > Linkadge
> My cortisol level on imipramine monotherapy several years ago was elevated ... about 25. After augmenting it with 900mg of lithium (serum level of .6), my cortisol level dropped to 3. I also felt a thousand times better too! I had a mild tremor, some memory difficulties with the combo. I think lithium, TCAs, MAOIs are great tried and true medications. I also think effexor is a great medication.
> Best of luck.
I wonder if folks that clearly aren't bipolar had reduced cortisol with lithium treatment as well? That might make it easier for someone to accept lithium therapy who doesn't have a very clear diagnosis and has a lot of anxiety/depression problems.