What is Lithium Carbonate?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Lithium carbonate is used to treat and prevent episodes of mania in people with bipolar disorder (manic depressive disorder). Lithium is in a class of medications called antimanic agents, which work by decreasing abnormal activity in the brain.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Bipolar disorder 959 532
Bipolar I disorder 406 240
Bipolar II disorder 405 232
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 301 124
Major depressive disorder 82 56
Depressed mood 30 11

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  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 261
Moderate 298
Mild 273
None 228

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lithium Carbonate

Side effect Patients Percentage
Tremor in hands 127
Weight gain 107
Nausea 59
Thirst 48
Diarrhea 46
Excessive thirst (polydipsia) 45

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Lithium Carbonate

Dosage Patients Percentage
300 mg twice daily 25
900 mg daily 23
600 mg daily 14
300 mg daily 13
600 mg twice daily 12
300 mg three times daily 9
450 mg twice daily 8
150 mg daily 4
800 mg daily 4
1200 mg daily 4

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Why patients stopped taking Lithium Carbonate

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Reason Patients Percentage
Side effects too severe 503
Did not seem to work 365
Doctor's advice 269
Other 157
Personal research 75
Course of treatment ended 30
Expense 19
Change in health plan coverage 12
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Duration

Currently taking Lithium Carbonate

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 16
1 - 2 years 22
2 - 5 years 36
5 - 10 years 37
10 years or more 46

Stopped taking Lithium Carbonate

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 188
1 - 6 months 251
6 months - 1 year 176
1 - 2 years 134
2 - 5 years 141
5 - 10 years 52
10 years or more 63
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 776
Usually 179
Sometimes 33
Never taken as prescribed 72
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 92
Somewhat hard to take 151
A little hard to take 182
Not at all hard to take 635
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 9
$100-199 1
$50-99 14
$25-49 37
< $25 541
Not specified 458

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Lithium Carbonate after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 45
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 35
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 25
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 21
Olanzapine (Zyprexa) 9

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Patients stopped taking Lithium Carbonate and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 68
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 27
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 25
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 20
Carbamazepine (Tegretol) 10

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91 patient evaluations for Lithium Carbonate

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

May 9, 2017 (Started Mar 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for suicidal thoughts or urges)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily

Dec 4, 2010 (Started Mar 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for suicidal thoughts or urges)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily

  • 1 helpful mark

Dec 30, 2016 (Started Oct 31, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for bipolar disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for bipolar I disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (shaky hands, drug ineffective)
  • 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 (shaky hands, drug ineffective)
  • 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 (shaky hands, drug ineffective)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 900 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: shaky hands, drug ineffective

  • 0 helpful marks
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