Lithium for antidepressant augmentation???
No, I am not bipolar unfortunately I just get lows. But, I am at the end of the ropes here, having suicidal thoughts, and read that lithium augmentation increases the effects of antidepressants and act as against suicidal tendencies/ thoughts.
I just had some prescribed today and am debating taking it. I pretty much self prescribed it as my psych dont prescribe me meds I have to ask for them (he don't say much at all)
I asked for Nardil but he said I had to wait 2 weeks, because he was prescribing me amphetamine so I need a wash out I guess.
Nardil was the only med that seemed to do something for me, but it came at a big cost. It forever altered my metabolism and made me gain weight so quick that I broke out with deep red horrific stretch marks on almost all parts of my body (biceps, legs, stomach, back)
I am debating whether I want to take that again because Lithium is supposed to cause added weight gain also. I don't want to fvck my body up more than it is already is, I used to think I looked good, and the weight + stretch marks has messed up my self esteem. Also I have elevated liver enzymes and isn't nardil rough on you liver, almost all warnings say something about not taking if you have liver conditions or it can cause liver conditions..
So, now I am thinking Parnate which I haven't gave a shot yet (one of the few) because there is not much reported wieght gain. But, I am worried with that is the insomnia that most people report after taking it.
Also, I am trying to come off benzo and trying parnate sounds a little harsh if you are going to be in the middle of benzo withdrawal.
I dont know I guess my questions is what do think about the benefit of lithium for anti d augmentation, is it worth it?
And does anyone know what combo of med I should try, or what they would try? I am willing to try almost everything (if I haven't already) and my psych is willing to prescribe.
WARNING: With a name like Dangerous why would you ever take medical advice from me?