Skip to content


    Exciting News for WebMD Members!

    We've been busy behind the scenes building new message boards for you. You'll have new and easier ways to find messages, connect with others, and share your stories.

    And, this will all be available on your smartphone or other mobile device!

    What Do You Need to Do?

    The message board you're used to will be closing in the coming weeks. While many of your boards will be making the move to our new home, your posts will not. Want to keep a discussion going? Save posts you want to continue (this includes your member profile story), so that you can re-post them in the new message boards.

    Keep an eye here and on your email inbox, we'll be back in touch soon to give you all the information you need!

    Yours in health,
    WebMD Message Boards Management

    Visit our Crisis Assistance Link for resources. For immediate help, get to the ER.

    *No Dr Outside Contact Please*
    Options for Bipolar Anergic Depression and anhedonia
    razau posted:
    I have bipolar anergic depression. I am currently taking 600 mg qd Lithium, 12.5 mg qid Tianeptine, 100 mg qd Modafinil, 150 mg qd Wellbutrin, Thyroxin, B-complex and multivitamin.
    Although the depression is slightly elevated, the anhedonia is debilitating. Anxiety is greatly reduced, cognition is better, I don't sleep as much.
    I dont want to take Atypical Anti-Psychotics and would not like to take SSRI's
    What options do i have? What could I add to what I am taking to decrease anhedonia.
    Previously I was on carbamazepine and effexor for 7 years. Made me unproductive.

    thank you
    purpledolphingirl4 responded:
    I am sorry to hear your frustrations with your medications. I am also frustrated with mine too. But, atypical anti-psychotics aren't all bad. I take Abilify and have not gained any weight from it, but everyone responds to meds differently than others. I know I don't respond well on certain meds so it is a trail and error basis until your doc and you find the right combo. I think thats the key to success. Hang in there this shall pass. Keep working with your doctor about your meds.

    razau replied to purpledolphingirl4's response:
    I'm really sick of this illness.

    Featuring Experts

    Joseph F. Goldberg, MD, is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY. He also maintains a private prac...More

    Helpful Tips

    NSAIDS and lithiumExpert
    Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (eg, Motrin/ibuprofen, Advil, Naprosyn) raise lithium levels by about 20%. We often therefore say ... More
    Was this Helpful?
    74 of 98 found this helpful

    Related Drug Reviews

    • Drug Name User Reviews

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.