22 patient evaluations for Lithium Carbonate with a side effects rating of Mild

192 members have decided to share their profiles only with other members of PatientsLikeMe.

May 27, 2015 (Started Nov 04, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bipolar I disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (tremor in hands, muscle twitching (fasciculations), word fishing, problems concentrating, tiredness, excessive thirst (polydipsia))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
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: < $25 monthly
Side effects: muscle twitching (fasciculations), tremor in hands, tiredness, problems concentrating, excessive thirst (polydipsia), word fishing

Jul 9, 2011 (Started Nov 04, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bipolar II disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bipolar I disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (tremor in hands, muscle twitching (fasciculations), word fishing, problems concentrating, tiredness, excessive thirst (polydipsia))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
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: < $25 monthly
Side effects: muscle twitching (fasciculations), tremor in hands, tiredness, problems concentrating, excessive thirst (polydipsia), word fishing

May 7, 2010 (Started Nov 04, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (tremor in hands, muscle twitching (fasciculations), word fishing, problems concentrating, tiredness, excessive thirst (polydipsia))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
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: < $25 monthly
Side effects: muscle twitching (fasciculations), tremor in hands, tiredness, problems concentrating, excessive thirst (polydipsia), word fishing

Apr 8, 2010 (Started Nov 04, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (tremor in hands, muscle twitching (fasciculations), word fishing, problems concentrating, tiredness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 900 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: muscle twitching (fasciculations), tremor in hands, tiredness, problems concentrating, excessive thirst (polydipsia), word fishing

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 17, 2012 (Started Aug 29, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for suicidal ideation)
  • Side effects
    Mild (ringing in ears (tinnitus))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 400 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 1, 2010 (Started Oct 08, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (tremor in hands, thirst)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Side effects: tremor in hands, thirst

Jan 20, 2009 (Started Oct 08, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Side effects: tremor in hands, thirst

Dec 18, 2008 (Started Oct 08, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (tremor in hands, thirst)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: tremor in hands, thirst

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 20, 2010 (Started Feb 11, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: significantly lessened frequency and severity of cramps
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 19, 2010 (Started Jul 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (dry mouth)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: helped w/spasm
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: dry mouth

  • 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

Jan 27, 2010 (Started Mar 31, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 27, 2008 (Started Mar 31, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 750 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Get regular blood level checks during the initial dosing phase.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 1, 2009 (Started Sep 16, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 450 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 27, 2008 (Started Sep 16, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 450 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 20, 2009 (Started Apr 20, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (nausea, tremor in hands, acne breakout, frequent urination, thirst, generalized weakness (asthenia))
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Side effects: acne breakout, thirst, frequent urination, tremor in hands, generalized weakness (asthenia), nausea

  • 0 helpful marks
Last updated:
Showing 10 of 22 patient evaluations for Lithium Carbonate