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Anti depressants and mood stabilisers

KP1

KP1

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Has anyone experience of taking both for depression? I have been put on a low dose of lithium along with a new anti depressant. I am starting to feel the benefit after just under a week which is a first for me as I haven't felt an obvious improvement before.
I know it is less common to use a mood stabliser for depression not bi polar and would be interested in chatting to any one who has personal experience of it. Either on this thread or by pm.
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KP
 
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Hi KP,

When I was on Lithium I was also on another mood stabiliser called Carbamazipine and an ad called Venlafaxine. The dose for the ad is quite high...225mg. As you know I'm off lithium, but my consultant is using my other mood stabiliser to deal with my epilepsy as well.
 
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Yes kp have been on ad and mood stabiliser for years now. Currently Mirtazapine and Semi-Sodium Valproate although I think I may need another change as they certainly haven't been working very well over the past 8 months!:(. To be honest I have never really been convinced that I needed the mood stabiliser but when things were ok(ish) I never really questioned it. If it works for you however that is great. You will need regular blood tests with the Lithium (and valproate for that matter) but I am sure your psych has explained that.

Glad to hear they are working.