15 patient evaluations for Lithium Carbonate with a burden rating of Somewhat hard to take

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Sep 15, 2012 (Started Jul 18, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    Severe
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
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: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 12, 2012 (Started May 04, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (cognitive confusion, fatigue, thirst)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

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

  • 0 helpful marks

May 8, 2011 (Started Jul 17, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Participate in clinical trial)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (tiredness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: tiredness

Jan 12, 2011 (Started Jul 17, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Participate in clinical trial)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 590 mg Daily
Side effects: tiredness

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 1, 2010 (Started May 12, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    Severe
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

May 5, 2010 (Started Nov 09, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (diarrhea, shakiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Lithobid is much better on the stomach I was on Lithium but Lithium caused major stomach issues so the doctor put me on Lithobid because unlike the regular Lithium, Lithobid goes thru the digest track and causes less stomach issues.
Side effects: diarrhea, shakiness

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 22, 2010 (Started Apr 01, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Side effects
    Mild (tremor in hands, weight gain, thirst)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 900 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Side effects were gone after a month of treatment, only when raising dosage would side effects temporarily reappear then go away within approx. a weeks time. Blood work must always be maintained while on lithium which can sometimes be a nuisance. Treatment was very effective for quite a few years until other medical conditions required me to start a different medication that could not be used with lithium. The lithium also seemed to fail after about four years but was probably due to my newly discovered health condition.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: tremor in hands, weight gain, thirst

Aug 17, 2009 (Started Apr 01, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Side effects
    Mild (tremor in hands, weight gain, thirst)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 900 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Just like every medication there are side effects. I have noticed with any medication I have been on for an extended period 99% of those side effects disappear after so many weeks. The side effects that don't you just decide whether or not you can live with as long as they are not dangerous. Remember while on lithium to have your levels checked when your doctor requests.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: tremor in hands, weight gain, thirst

  • 1 helpful mark

May 13, 2009 (Started Sep 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (acne breakout, frequent urination, thirst, migraine headaches, chronic diarrhea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 1350 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: A good medicine! But with side effects. Had constant diarrhea for all the 10 months I ate Lithium. The positive thing about that was that I lost 10 kilos i wight. My migraine got out of control also wich led to hospital visits (to exclude stroke and aneurysm) and mophine IV. It was a bit of an struggle to remember to take de pills at the same time in the morning and in the evning as well. And all the blood test to go too. But I did like Lithium, It was good for my mood.
Side effects: acne breakout, migraine headaches, frequent urination, chronic diarrhea, thirst

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 19, 2009 (Started Mar 25, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (nausea, memory problems, tremor in hands, shakiness, frequent urination, thirst)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 1350 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I love the way I am not up and down it is worth the side effects to act normal.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: memory problems, thirst, frequent urination, tremor in hands, shakiness, nausea, nausea

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 30, 2008 (Started Dec 10, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Don't know)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Support weight gain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Improve communication)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 450 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 25, 2008 (Started Dec 10, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Improve communication)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Slow my ALS progress
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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