About Lithobid XR (Prescription Drug)
LITHOBID® (lithium carbonate) is an extended-release formulation containing 300mg of lithium carbonate. LITHOBID is used in the treatment of manic episodes of Bipolar Disorder. Read more
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Lithium 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), lithium aspartate and the orotate salt lithium orotate are alternatives.
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|Lithobid XR (lithium carbonate)|
|900 mg Daily Feb 12, 2009 - Last Update|
Feb 25, 2009
EffectivenessMajor (for bipolar disorder)
Side effectsMild (thirst, acne breakout, diarrhea, nausea)
BurdenA little hard to take