What is the best dosage of lithium to treat depression?


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The average daily antidepressant dosage of lithium is generally around 900 milligrams, according to the National Institute of Health. Lithium, while most often prescribed for patients suffering from bipolar disorder, is sometimes prescribed for patients suffering from major depressive disorder as well.

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While 900 milligrams is the average lithium dosage according to NIH, PsychCentral states that starting dosages for lithium are generally around 300 to 600 milligrams. Lithium is often used as an adjunct treatment for major depression along with other antidepressant medications, states Wikipedia. Lithium is classified as a mood stabilizer, meaning that it is used for treating the mood cycling and mania most commonly associated with bipolar disorder.

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