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Re: Lithium as an AD Augmentation Strategy

Posted by Bill LL on April 19, 2005, at 8:33:36

In reply to Lithium as an AD Augmentation Strategy, posted by anneL on April 19, 2005, at 0:16:27

Lithium is a very popular augmenter of antidepressants, not just for bipolar people.

Cytomel is also very effective in many cases.

Why do you want to discontinue Effexor? Your dose of 225 mg is not very high and I'm wondering if your doctor should try raising it.

> I know that Lithium has been around for ages and that there are tons of studies on it. It apparently is one of the best studied psych meds studied to date. I suppose I feel that it carries a social stigma. Like only really manic people take Li. I certainly am not manic, but my pdoc has offered my Cytomel (jury is still out on this one) or Li as an augmentation strategy to Effexor. I have this unfounded fear that I will never get off of Effexor. Perhaps, purely coincidental, everytime I do the taper thing, something happens that curtails my plans and I end up back at 225 mg. of Effexor. Blast it all!
> So now I am looking at Li as an add on. What do I need to know and how effective is it? Thanks for all info, both the good, bad, and the ugly.
> :) AnneL




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