What is Lithium Carbonate?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Lithium Carbonate ER Priadel Lithobid XR Show all

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Lithium carbonate 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.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Bipolar disorder 944 530
Bipolar II disorder 397 229
Bipolar I disorder 396 231
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 301 124
Major depressive disorder 77 56
Depressed mood 31 12

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 258
Moderate 293
Mild 267
None 224

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lithium Carbonate

Side effect Patients
Tremor in hands 123
Weight gain 104
Nausea 59
Thirst 47
Diarrhea 45
Excessive thirst (polydipsia) 43

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Lithium Carbonate

Dosage Patients
300 mg twice daily 26
900 mg daily 26
300 mg daily 22
600 mg daily 16
600 mg twice daily 15
300 mg three times daily 13
1200 mg daily 10
150 mg daily 7
450 mg twice daily 6
450 mg daily 4

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Why patients stopped taking Lithium Carbonate

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 499
Did not seem to work 362
Doctor's advice 265
Other 161
Personal research 74
Course of treatment ended 31
Expense 18
Change in health plan coverage 12
See all 992 patients who've stopped taking Lithium Carbonate

Duration

Currently taking Lithium Carbonate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 12
1 - 2 years 28
2 - 5 years 43
5 - 10 years 48
10 years or more 39

Stopped taking Lithium Carbonate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 191
1 - 6 months 251
6 months - 1 year 176
1 - 2 years 133
2 - 5 years 140
5 - 10 years 49
10 years or more 58
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 766
Usually 172
Sometimes 33
Never taken as prescribed 71
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 89
Somewhat hard to take 151
A little hard to take 176
Not at all hard to take 626
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 9
$100-199 1
$50-99 13
$25-49 38
< $25 534
Not specified 447

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Lithium Carbonate after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 43
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 38
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 25
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 22
Olanzapine (Zyprexa) 10

Show all 40 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Lithium Carbonate and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 67
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 27
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 25
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 20
Carbamazepine (Tegretol) 9

Show all 36 treatments patients report switching to

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91 patient evaluations for Lithium Carbonate

Aug 23, 2017 (Started Jun 30, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Advice & Tips: If it works for you take it if not talk to your doctor hide nothing from your doctor's. There is hope
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

May 9, 2017 (Started Mar 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for suicidal thoughts or urges)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily

Dec 4, 2010 (Started Mar 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for suicidal thoughts or urges)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg All the time (24/7)

  • 1 helpful mark

Dec 30, 2016 (Started Oct 31, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for bipolar I disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (drug ineffective, shaky hands)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: shaky hands, drug ineffective

Aug 16, 2012 (Started Oct 31, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bipolar disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bipolar I disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (drug ineffective, shaky hands)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Weight gain, thyroid problems, low energy, liver test, great for me when needed maybe not needed
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: shaky hands, drug ineffective

May 27, 2010 (Started Oct 31, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (drug ineffective, shaky hands)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 900 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: shaky hands, drug ineffective

  • 0 helpful marks
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