92 patient evaluations for Lithium Carbonate

marathoner452
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marathoner452
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 0
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Moderate
32 F
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: g
I have:
Bipolar I

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May 27, 2015 (Started Nov 04, 2009)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Bipolar I Disorder: Major
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 900 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I should add that shortly after that last evaluation I ended up in the hospital so perhaps I wasn't doing so well as I thought. That was almost 4 years ago, however, and I am doing much better. Sometimes I'm even able to forget about my illness, except for the meds and therapy and pdoc visits. I've been at my job for 5 years, full time for 3. I've been in a steady relationship for 2 1/2 years. I'm even working on going back to teaching, possibly in an urban setting. I'm where I never thought I would be 6 years ago, healthier than I've probably been my entire life.
Cost: Not specified monthly
Side effects: Muscle twitching (fasciculations), Tremor in hands, Tiredness, Problems concentrating, Excessive thirst (polydipsia), Word fishing

Jul 9, 2011 (Started Nov 04, 2009)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Bipolar I Disorder: Major
  • Perceived effectiveness for Bipolar II Disorder: Moderate
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 1050 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Lithium's been the one constant in all my med changes over the past couple years. The dose goes up and down but it's always there and for that I'm grateful. My mood swings are for the most part manageable and much less frightening. If I get stare at the ceiling depressed it lasts the weekend not for months. Manias are mild and involve lots of projects and irritability but for the most part they're still fun. Anxiety is still an issue but it always will be. Hand tremors are easily controlled with Inderal. Sometimes it's unnerving though to think that a lot of what stands between the life I've created and falling apart is a few peach capsules. I'm careful to keep my meds close.
Cost: Not specified monthly
Side effects: Muscle twitching (fasciculations), Tremor in hands, Tiredness, Problems concentrating, Excessive thirst (polydipsia), Word fishing

May 7, 2010 (Started Nov 04, 2009)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Bipolar Disorder: Moderate
  • Side Effects: Moderate
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Somewhat
Dosage: 1200 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: After each increase in dose I am very tired at first. I could sleep well at night and take several naps a day and still be tired. Fortunately this goes away after about two weeks. I am one of the lucky ones to not gain any weight. If anything I've lost a few pounds from the nausea and loss of appetite. I read somewhere that lithium changes the chemical composition of your saliva and this might be why I just don't have a taste for much of anything. I do, however, have the classic hand tremors and memory problems. These are more of a problem. I have to say right now that even on a relatively high dose of 1200 mg I don't seem to be getting much if any better. I've been on this dose for 2 1/2 weeks and I still am depressed enough that I don't want to get out of bed, I snap at little stuff like not being able to find my car keys, and I don't like to be around people. So right now it's hard for me to take it because I'm seeing side effects but very little change in my mood. I'm very discouraged.
Cost: Not specified monthly
Side effects: Muscle twitching (fasciculations), Tremor in hands, Tiredness, Problems concentrating, Excessive thirst (polydipsia), Word fishing

Apr 8, 2010 (Started Nov 04, 2009)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Bipolar Disorder: Major
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 900 mg Daily
Cost: Not specified monthly
Side effects: Muscle twitching (fasciculations), Tremor in hands, Tiredness, Problems concentrating, Excessive thirst (polydipsia), Word fishing

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moorestorms
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moorestorms
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 3
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 3
Compulsion: 2
External Stress: Moderate
37 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Moderate
I am: g
I have:
Bipolar I

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Apr 22, 2014 (Started Jan 03, 2014)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Bipolar Disorder: Slight
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: 600 mg Daily

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briguy4u8
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briguy4u8
Gender: M
Data Quality: 0 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 0
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Moderate
40 M
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: n
I have:
Bipolar Disorder

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Jul 3, 2013 (Started Aug 20, 2007)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Increase effect of another treatment: Can’t tell
  • Perceived effectiveness for Bipolar Disorder: Can’t tell
  • Side Effects: Moderate
  • Adherence: Never
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Cost: Not specified monthly
Side effects: Diarrhea, Sweating excessive

Mar 1, 2012 (Started Aug 20, 2007)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Increase effect of another treatment: Moderate
  • Perceived effectiveness for Bipolar Disorder: Moderate
  • Side Effects: Moderate
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Stay active. It is easy to gain lots of weight on this medication.
Cost: Not specified monthly
Side effects: Diarrhea, Sweating excessive

Jun 24, 2009 (Started Aug 20, 2007)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Increase effect of another treatment: Major
  • Side Effects: Moderate
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: It helped me to be on lithium, but I don't want to stay on it. It is very bad for your kidneys for starters, and I constantly have diarrhea (I nice change from constant constipation with other meds). However, I missed it one time, and let's just say you don't want to miss this. I was very very unhappy and felt pretty much crazy.
Cost: Not specified monthly
Side effects: Diarrhea, Sweating excessive

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God's Worshipper
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God's Worshipper
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 0
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Low
58 M
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: b
I have:
Schizoaffective Disorder

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Nov 9, 2012 (Started Aug 10, 2012)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Bipolar Disorder: Can’t tell
  • Perceived effectiveness for Bipolar II Disorder: Can’t tell
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Talk to your Doctor.

Sep 19, 2012 (Started Aug 10, 2012)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Bipolar II Disorder: Can’t tell
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Never
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 300 mg Daily

Aug 26, 2012 (Started Aug 10, 2012)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Bipolar II Disorder: None
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Never
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 300 mg Daily

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Helix
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Helix
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 0
Mania: 0
Emotional: 0
Anxiety: 0
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Low
33 F
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: vb
I have:
Bipolar Disorder

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Nov 1, 2012 (Started May 15, 1998)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Bipolar Disorder: Can’t tell
  • Side Effects: Moderate
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 450 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I wanted to stop taking this to see what would happen. I've been on it for 16 years and at that point I couldn't tell what may have been side effects of the drug or what were my bipolar or something else. Also I was worried about it's toxicity.

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one_step_closer
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one_step_closer
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 2
Mania: 0
Emotional: 0
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 2
External Stress: Low
28 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Low
I am: b
I have:
Borderline Personality

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Oct 17, 2012 (Started Aug 29, 2012)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Suicidal ideation: None
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Cost: Not specified monthly

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THE EMPEROR
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THE EMPEROR
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 2
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Moderate
29 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Bipolar Disorder

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Sep 15, 2012 (Started Jul 18, 2012)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Bipolar Disorder: Major
  • Side Effects: Severe
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Somewhat
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Everyone is different. This worked without the severe apathy at 600mg. P-doc increased it to 900 because that was the therapeutic dose, but I didn't care about SHIT on that dose. Just stopped it. A lot of people find it really helpful. I'm just one person, one experience.
Cost: Not specified monthly

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Jerry123
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Jerry123
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 2
Mania: 1
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 3
Compulsion: 3
External Stress: Overwhelming
52 M
Function: Low
Distress: Moderate
I am: vb
I have:
Bipolar I

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Aug 16, 2012 (Started Oct 31, 2007)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Treat my mood condition(s): Major
  • Perceived effectiveness for Bipolar Disorder: Moderate
  • Perceived effectiveness for Bipolar I Disorder: Moderate
  • Side Effects: Moderate
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Very
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Weight gain, thyroid problems, low energy, liver test, great for me when needed maybe not needed
Cost: Not specified monthly
Side effects: Shaky hands, Drug ineffective

May 27, 2010 (Started Oct 31, 2007)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Treat my mood condition(s): Major
  • Side Effects: Moderate
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Somewhat
Dosage: 900 mg Daily
Cost: Not specified monthly
Side effects: Shaky hands, Drug ineffective

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kaitmeister
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kaitmeister
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Low
27 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Low
I am: n
I have:
Major Depressive Disorder

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Jun 12, 2012 (Started May 04, 2012)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Major Depressive Disorder: None
  • Side Effects: Moderate
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: Somewhat
Cost: Not specified monthly

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WF8
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WF8
Sex: F
Data Quality: 0 stars
Bulbar: none
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: moderate
I am: n
I have:
ALS

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Mar 9, 2012 (Started Mar 09, 2009)

  • Perceived effectiveness for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis): Can’t tell
  • Side Effects: Moderate
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 800 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I gained weight through water retention, had swollen ankles and hands. I was always thirsty and had high urinary frequency especially at night .
Cost: Not specified monthly
Side effects: Swelling in legs, Frequent urination, Tiredness, Swelling in hands, Excessive thirst (polydipsia), Muscle aches

Aug 24, 2009 (Started Mar 09, 2009)

  • Perceived effectiveness for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis): Major
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 800 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I have been on lithium for 1 year, I was originally given a prognosis of two years, now because of the slowing of my symptoms my doctor says, if there was such a thing as remission in this disease I would have it and can no longer give a prognosis.
Cost: Not specified monthly
Side effects: Swelling in legs, Frequent urination, Tiredness, Swelling in hands, Excessive thirst (polydipsia), Muscle aches

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