Psycho-Babble Medication Thread 136273

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normal dose of lithium?

Posted by Angel1 on January 17, 2003, at 12:14:21

Could someone tell me the normal dose of lithium?
My pdoc is going to add a "small dose" of lithium to my 75mg desipramine. I am very sensitive to meds and am wondering what a small dose is? I am not bipolar, but seem to have an underlying anger and irritation. Pdoc said lithium boosts serotonin levels. Any comments are appreciated. Thanks, Angel1

 

Re: normal dose of lithium? Angel1

Posted by Ritch on January 17, 2003, at 13:43:06

In reply to normal dose of lithium?, posted by Angel1 on January 17, 2003, at 12:14:21

> Could someone tell me the normal dose of lithium?
> My pdoc is going to add a "small dose" of lithium to my 75mg desipramine. I am very sensitive to meds and am wondering what a small dose is? I am not bipolar, but seem to have an underlying anger and irritation. Pdoc said lithium boosts serotonin levels. Any comments are appreciated. Thanks, Angel1

Hi, some folks can perceive a good benefit from just 300mg a day. 450-600mg/day is more commonly used (on the low side). To get well into the "therapeutic range" it usually takes 600-1200mg/day. If you are super med sensitive and you are just augmenting for unipolar depression, you could even take just 150mg/day and see how you react to it (they make 300mg generic scored tabs).


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