The common lithium doses currently given daily for bipolar disorder (1200 mg) may be too high and in long-term prescription causing renal tube damage, hypothyroidism, cardiac disturbance, and the common lithium carbonate side effects. If low doses from 150 mg to 300 mg have a good stabilizing patient response, it is prudent to avoid high, chronic, doses. From personal anecdotal test- so far so good; Has anyone been advised on this by their physician?
Low dose lithium as effective as high dose?
Question posted by mmmousemaid on 15 May 2021
Last updated on 16 May 2021 by smileyhappy
I used to take 1200mg of lithium in 2007 when i had a major depression. I did get hypothyroidism. But now i only need 600mg to keep me from falling into a depression.
Your doctor should know what you need for your needs. Go with that!
As you imply, the best and most therapeutic dose is the lowest dose that's effective for the individual patient. Why would anyone prescribe a higher dose than necessary given lithium's proclivity for toxicity?
- Lithium uses and safety info
- Lithium prescribing info & package insert (for Health Professionals)
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