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Old 09-27-2011, 07:58 PM   #1
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Lithium depression

Is it normal to become super depressed after first starting lithium?
If so, how long does it take to become stable?

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Old 09-27-2011, 11:11 PM   #2
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Re: Lithium depression

I wouldn't say it's normal per se, but has been known to happen. Usually Lithium works pretty quick in the other direction, but everyone reacts differently to psych meds. If after a week, nothing has improved or things have gotten worse, I'll call your pdoc and tell him what's going on and that you'd like to switch. Do you have uni-polar depression or bi-polar depression? Because generally Lithium is not RX'd for uni-polar depression it is a BiPolar med.


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Re: Lithium depression

Hi i read your post and wanted to let you know that my dr had tried me on lithium for major depression/bi-polar and it was absolutely NO help to me. She kept me on it for a little while to make sure but we still didn't have any luck with it. I would suggest if you are not feeling any better i would most definetly discuss trying you on another medication(s). Take care and keep us posted.


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Re: Lithium depression

In order for Lithium to be effective it needs to hit a certain level in the bloodstream. Too little it is ineffective and too much leads to an assortment of side effects some of which that can be pretty scary. Get use to monthly blood tests with this med. That being said I took Lithium for close to a year and it was pretty effective until the end when the side effects out weighed any beneficial factor
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