22 patient evaluations for Lithium Carbonate taken for the purpose of 'bipolar disorder'

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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

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

Jul 3, 2013 (Started Aug 20, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Increase effect of another treatment)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (diarrhea, excessive sweating, weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: diarrhea, excessive sweating

Mar 1, 2012 (Started Aug 20, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Increase effect of another treatment)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (diarrhea, excessive sweating, weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Stay active. It is easy to gain lots of weight on this medication.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: diarrhea, excessive sweating

Jun 24, 2009 (Started Aug 20, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Increase effect of another treatment)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (diarrhea, excessive sweating, weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
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: < $25 monthly
Side effects: diarrhea, excessive sweating

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 1, 2012 (Started May 15, 1998)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (memory loss, increased urination, hunger, thirst)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
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.

  • 0 helpful marks

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

Nov 1, 2010 (Started Oct 08, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (thirst, tremor in hands)
  • 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 (thirst, tremor in hands)
  • 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

Aug 30, 2010 (Started Jun 08, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (chronic diarrhea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 450 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Lithium has always worked well for me. The biggest problem I have with it is constant diarrhea. But it's worth it for the mood stabilization it gives me.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: chronic diarrhea

  • 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 (shakiness, diarrhea)
  • 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 30, 2010 (Started Mar 23, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    Severe (weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: quick weight gain for me
Side effects: weight gain

  • 0 helpful marks
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