About Lithium Carbonate ER (Prescription Drug)
Lithium is used to treat and prevent episodes of mania in people with bipolar disorder (manic depressive disorder). Lithium is in a class of medications called antimanic agents, which work by decreasing abnormal activity in the brain. Read more
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From Wikipeda: Lithium in pharmacology refers to use of the lithium ion, Li+, as a drug. A number of chemical salts of lithium are used medically as a mood stabilizing drug, primarily in the treatment of bipolar disorder, where they have a role in the treatment of depression and particularly of mania, both acutely and in the long term. As a mood stabilizer, lithium is probably more effective in preventing mania than depression, and may reduce the risk of suicide. In depression alone (unipolar disorder) lithium can be used to augment other antidepressants. Lithium carbonate (Li2CO3), sold under several trade names, is the most commonly prescribed, while the citrate salt lithium citrate (Li3C6H5O7), the sulfate salt lithium sulfate (Li2SO4), aspartate and the orotate salt lithium orotate are alternatives.
Upon ingestion, lithium becomes widely distributed in the central nervous system and interacts with a number of neurotransmitters and receptors, decreasing norepinephrine release and increasing serotonin synthesis.
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|Lithium Carbonate ER (lithium carbonate)|
|300 mg Daily Mar 23 - 30, 2010|
|Stopped Side effects too severe Mar 30, 2010|
Mar 30, 2010
EffectivenessModerate (for bipolar disorder)
Side effectsSevere (weight gain)
BurdenNot at all hard to take