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Re: Lithium in suicide prevention -- short review SLS

Posted by Jay2112 on February 4, 2023, at 19:26:10

In reply to Re: Lithium in suicide prevention -- short review undopaminergic, posted by SLS on February 1, 2023, at 6:13:19

> > Hi all,
> >
> > I'm mentioning this article because anti-suicidal effects of lithium is a current topic and I just read it myself. There is otherwise little or nothing novel in it, but it may perhaps serve as a brief introduction for the novice.
> How does lithium work to prevent suicide?
> When I took lithium at high dosages, I felt passive. I wonder if passivity is a component of its anti-suicide properties.
> - Scott

Lithium in low doses, I think, is where the money is at. It has been shown to reduce anhedonia in depression at low doses, and in those low doses also increases glutamine/ergic transmission. In combination with lamotragine, I think it could be an even more affective tool. I was on 600mg of lithium, and 400mg of lamotragine, and I found an amazing balance of moods. But, I had to lower my lithium as I do have kidney damage, plus type 2 diabetes, and almost had to go on dialysis because of the lithium load. It was very close, and my father died of kidney disease, and I watched him wither on dialysis till the very end. I absolutely do not want to die that way. And yes, I know all about the low dose at bedtime method of lithium use.


Humans punish themselves endlessly
for not being what they believe they should be.
-Don Miguel Ruiz-




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