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What antidepressants can be taken with lithium?

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masso 15 Oct 2017

"Best bipolar depression medications

There is no single best medication for bipolar depression.

Individuals all respond differently so it is not possible to make any such definitive statement.

In general, well regarded bipolar depression medications that will usually be effective against depressive bipolar symptoms and whose use is supported by good clinical evidence include:

Bipolar medication 1
1. Lamictal

2. Latuda

3. Seroquel

4. Antidepressants – Fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil), sertraline (Zoloft), and bupropion (Wellbutrin) are examples of antidepressants that may be prescribed to treat symptoms of bipolar depression.

masso 15 Oct 2017

btw; I also suffer from Bipolar disorder.

Stephen Treloar 15 Oct 2017

Well masso just about covered everything. I'll only add that Lithium is primarily a mood stabilizer not a usual monotherapy and is normally taken with an adjunct anti depressant medication.

Stephen Treloar 15 Oct 2017

Likewise.

WildcatVet 15 Oct 2017

***"Antidepressant drugs may be useful during the depressive phase provided the antidepressants are used with a mood stabilizer. Mood stabilizers are very important in people with bipolar disorder. Without a mood stabilizer, antidepressants may trigger mania in people with bipolar disorder. (Keep in mind that people with bipolar disorder II may be misdiagnosed with depression only because they do not experience full-fledged mania. If these patients take antidepressants without mood stabilizers, it can trigger a manic episode.)"***

smileyhappy 15 Oct 2017

Everyone is different! I had a major depression and a psychiatrist prescribed me seroquel. That gave me a psychoitic episode and I ended up at a hospital for 6 months before they found a good combination for my major depression. I have been on lithium and manerix! They are a great combination together. They are older meds but work great! I have been on this since 2007. I have my life back can handle anything and no longer am depressive or anxious! I hope you find your combinations to great health! For me depression runs in my family and I need to stay on these meds for no recurrence! I wish you the best!

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