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Lithium Orotate -Has Anyone Tried it?


LunaLovegood

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A mineral supplement that is available over the counter. Supposedly a more orally active form of lithium than the lithium carbonate which is commonly prescribed as a treatment for mental illness. From what I’ve read, lithium orotate seems to be used for the same things as lithium carbonate, only it is OTC and supposedly has fewer side effects. It seems to be quite popular with people with Bipolar Disorder to stabilize mood, preventing or reducing mania, anxiety, and depression. It’s also supposed to slow the progress of neurodegenerative diseases, and improve memory.

 I’m interested in it to treat the symptoms of my HPPD(hallucinogen persisting perception disorder). Besides the visual symptoms(basically, my visuals look a lot like the effects of about 100-200ug of LSD, depending on the day, only more distorted and staticky), I get anxiety, mood swings, and disturbing thoughts that flood through my mind and won’t go away. It’s sort of like having a bad trip. Anyway, I’ve heard that lithium can help with HPPD, which makes sense since HPPD shares a lot of its psychological symptoms in common with other mental disorders that lithium is used to treat. 
 

So, has anyone here tried lithium orotate? I would love to hear your experience. I realize it’s unlikely that there is anyone else here that has used lithium for HPPD(it’s supposedly a rare disorder), but I’m interested in any experiences with it for any purpose, whether as a treatment for mental illness or as a nootropic. 

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sweetmelissa589

@LunaLovegood  I actually take lithium orotate on and off to help with my severe anxiety and for my depression too.  I like it and feel it's one of the better supplements out there for anxiety.  With my anxiety, I also seem to feel like I'm on a bad trip.  I get the visuals, shadows, paranoia, racing thoughts, tense muscles..ect.  It definitely helps.  I usually take daily, which is best, but I also have hypothyroidism, which I heard lithium can cause problems for, so I do take breaks from it every now and then.  Now, don't expect a miracle, but I did notice a large decrease in my symptoms.  I'm actually just about to buy my third bottle..  It actually decreases glutamate and increases gaba, which is why I stated it.  Look up high glutamate symptoms and mine match them.  I think I have too much glutamte and low gaba.   Trying to balance these two out.  Lysine can also help lower glutamate and raise gaba.  Hope this helps..

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jesseatrev

Lithium Orotate helped me get through a rough patch in my life. I took it in conjunction with NAC (n-acetylcysteine) trying to get over a bout of opioid/stimulant abuse with subsequent depression and anxiety and i felt remarkably better. Made me feel more level-headed and emotions were more or less in check. It was no panacea by any means, but i believe it certainly is a useful tool on the path of mental health.

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Heavenlee

@jesseatrev @sweetmelissa589@LunaLovegood I have been on lithium before when I got clean I say that because I only use a valium to sleep at night. I had a huge problem with IV drugs coke and heroin specifically. I got clean by going to jail it was the best thing to happen to me. They gave it to me in jail. It honestly did help but because I ruined every vein iin my body it became too much to test my blood levels so I switched because they have to use a sonogram on me to find veins. It was definitely an asset kicking  dope. I highly recommend as well. But talk to your psychiatrist or health care provider it is not for everyone. 

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@Heavenlee ouch that sounds like a really rough time! Sorry to hear you went through that, I hope you are much better today. Id imagine they probably had you on Lithium Carbonate which is a much more powerful form of lithium with a much higher incidence of side-effects, thus only being available with a prescription. The beauty of Lithium Orotate is that its much more gentle on the body, takes a lot less to achieve the same results, and can be bought in health food stores. I dont understand why the medical industry pushes the carbonate form of lithium so much, maybe something to do with patents and more money? Anyhow please take care of yourself hun.

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I was on orotate briefly years ago.  My psychiatrist actually recommended it--told me to pick some up from a reputable supplement store to try, rather than prescribing carbonate right away.  Personally, I hated it--even just 5 mg daily caused terrible "brain fog"/impaired cognition and an odd "numb and pressurized" sensation in my head.  Apparently lithium just isn't for me, and that's fine.  My bipolar  isn't the kind that presents with full-blown mania anyway.

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