Lithium is usually used for Bipolar disorder rather than unipolar disorders. Another name for Bipolar Disorder is manic/depressive disorder. If you do not have the manic highs than lithium would not be appropriate. There are many antidepressants on the market for your doctor to determine which is the best for you.
I had a psychotic episode and major depression. My docs tried everything for six months while I was hospitalized. Finally Manerix (antidepressant) and Lithium (moods) were given together and it worked like a charm. I no longer suffer from Depressions at all! This was 6 years ago.
The only thing you have to be careful of is your thyroid. You can become hypothyroid from taking Lithium which I did. But I would not trade Lithium for the world. It gave me my life back and more.
Hi. It sounds like you have most of the answers you were looking for, but I thought I'd tell you what I know about being on Lithium. I took Lithium for a few years when I was misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder. It didn't really end up helping my depression- which doesn't mean it wouldn't work for you, different people, different bodies- but it didn't do any harm either. It's actually one of the safer drugs out there. I know a few people who take it- the one time there was a problem it was spotted (in the blood test they tell you to get routinely with Lithium,) before she had any symptoms or any body damage. I hope it works out for you!
I have major depression and tried every AD out there, with a variety of very unacceptable side effects. It was suggested that I give a low dose of lithium a try. I take 150mg a day, about 1/4 of a bipolar dose. It has been very helpful. While it is not a mood elevator, it does help keep me from going to the deep depression. I consider it very helpful with minimal side effects. Highly encourage others to discuss with their doc.
- Lithium Information for Consumers
- Lithium Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Lithium (detailed)
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