91 patient evaluations for Lithium Carbonate

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Feb 22, 2007 (Started Feb 22, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for bipolar I disorder)
  • Side effects
    Severe
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Severe and rapid weight gain, uncontrollable tremors

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Aug 18, 2011 (Started Jul 12, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bipolar I disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 900 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Sep 8, 2011 (Started Jun 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for bipolar II disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 400 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Dec 22, 2011 (Started Nov 02, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for bipolar II disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (nausea, tiredness)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 1 g Daily

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Jan 1, 2009 (Started Oct 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for bipolar II disorder)
  • Side effects
    Severe (social anxiety)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 9, 2012 (Started Mar 09, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (tiredness, frequent urination, muscle aches, excessive thirst (polydipsia), swelling in hands, swelling in lower extremities)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
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: < $25 monthly
Side effects: swelling in lower extremities, frequent urination, tiredness, swelling in hands, excessive thirst (polydipsia), muscle aches

Aug 24, 2009 (Started Mar 09, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (tiredness, frequent urination, muscle aches, excessive thirst (polydipsia), swelling in hands, swelling in lower extremities)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
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: < $25 monthly
Side effects: swelling in lower extremities, frequent urination, tiredness, swelling in hands, excessive thirst (polydipsia), muscle aches

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Feb 10, 2012 (Started Aug 05, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Participate in clinical trial)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: easy to take when I thought there was a benefit but when the trial results emerged it was a huge dissapointment.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 19, 2011 (Started Aug 05, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for open label trial)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mcg Daily
Advice & Tips: Too early to say. Having been on the clinical trial for 18 months it's good to know that I now am on the medicine. I think that the trough I am currently in could be due to the withdrawal of the drug but there are many other reasons why I could be down at the moment (pending retirement, decreasing physical ability, end of holidaze).

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Aug 15, 2005 (Started Jun 15, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bipolar I disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (sedation)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

May 29, 1999 (Started Dec 15, 1999)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Severe
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: This medication helped me more with my depression than any other medication evry has. However, it basically stopped my metabolism in its tracks, and i was only 16 at the time. I gained at least 40 pounds in around 2 months withput changing anything else in my life. Unfortunately, this ended up mking me more upset in the long run so I discontinued this medication.

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Feb 1, 2011 (Started Apr 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bipolar II disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bipolar rapid cycling)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (painful urination)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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