|Q: Gastric Bypass Surgery and Bipolar
comments = I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder several months ago, and am
currently stable on Lithium and Celexa. My question is I am thinking about
getting gastric bypass surgery done. I am just over 100lbs over weight.
Will this help my depression? I had heard that it would. Will
this affect my lithium levels?
Dear Tara --
I'm not aware of a literature on lithium after bypass. Your surgeon might
know more than I. I'll confess I can't even remember whether lithium
is easily absorbed in the stomach; but it is absorbed by the intestine, because
slow-release lithium is designed to release there, so that should work ok,
unchanged after bypass. It would be worth checking your levels
before and after just to make sure, though.
Will it help your depression? Hmm, probably
"it depends" -- on what kind of depression, what factors go into that,
what your hopes are and whether they are realistic, a lot of stuff like
that. Good luck.
Published March, 2001