Posted by fattoush on November 24, 2009, at 4:14:36
In reply to Going back to old-school - lithium., posted by SLS on July 3, 2009, at 6:42:30
I'm posting late in the thread but I hope to get some comments. I now take only Lithium, I'm at 450 mgs. I do have to take Synthroid 100 mcgs for my hypothyroidism. After years and years of misery, I was diagnosed Bipolar II. Every type of Anti-Depressant flips me into a hypomania. Often an inner-agitated anxious state type. I credit Lithium in particular for having saved me more than once, cause I'd stop it, from suicidal thoughts. So, I owe that drug, whatever else it does to me, and it does... I don't know what libido means, I lost most of my hair, I keep gaining weight, and I have acne. But my children have a rather functioning mother.
I hate AAPs and other mood stabiliziers did not work as well.
Yet, here I am again, wanting to be off every thing. Unyil only two months ago, and for 6 months, I was on only 300 mgs of Lithium. I'm sorry, I only understood from what you were all discussing that 300-600 only works as an additive, to boost something else. Does this mean it would be of no use to me at 300? I have very little very manageable mania. I confess that 450 did me beter alone on the depression front, but I'm tired of balding till there's nothing left.