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Re: Lithium for depression

Posted by undopaminergic on August 30, 2022, at 11:43:12

In reply to Re: Lithium for depression undopaminergic, posted by SLS on August 30, 2022, at 8:01:17

> Have you ever been on lithium before?

Never consistently for any length of time. I tried the orotate salt, and I had a positive reaction to my first dose. I tried again, but was unable to repeat the experience.

> Lithium oratate seems to be worthless from what I've observed here. Lithium carbonate is dirt-cheap.

Yes, lithium carbonate is cheap, but I think that if anything, the orotate salt is better.

> Have you ever been on lithium before? If so, did it help?

See above.

> I am an advocate of low dosages of lithium for depression as long as there are no spontaneous manias. However, if I understand your words, you do have spontaneous manias. The minimum blood level of lithium to treat bipolar mania is 0.6 mEq/L.

I've had some spontaneous episodes, yes, but they have been very rare, and I'm more interested in lithium as an antidepressant augmentation than as a mood stabiliser, if for no other reason, the adverse effects of high doses.

> Why do you think lithium is worth trying?

Because of the promising reaction I had once to lithium orotate.

> Why would any psychiatrist reject lithium as a treatment alternative for treatment-resistant bipolar mania?

I don't have treatment-resistant mania by any means. I do have bipolar disorder, but they insist my condition is of a schizophrenic nature, not bipolar.

> I consider your doctors' refusal to prescribe lithium to be tantamount to medical malpractice. Get assertive. Tell them that you would prefer not to leave the hospital against medical advice (AMA) just to try lithium. I think that would do the trick.

Well, I do think the hospitalisation should be used as an opportunity to try treatments under safe and controlled conditions, but I've already tried to communicate that.





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