What is Lithium Carbonate?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Lithium Carbonate ER Lithobid XR Lithicarb Show all

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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 8474 544
Bipolar II disorder 2200 235
Bipolar I disorder 1881 237
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 306 125
Cluster headaches 127 23
Major depressive disorder 92 57

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 270
Moderate 297
Mild 279
None 233

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lithium Carbonate

Side effect Patients Percentage
Tremor in hands 128
Weight gain 109
Nausea 63
Thirst 49
Diarrhea 46
Excessive thirst (polydipsia) 45

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Lithium Carbonate

Dosage Patients Percentage
900 mg daily 11
300 mg daily 7
300 mg twice daily 7
600 mg daily 6
600 mg twice daily 6
300 mg three times daily 4
450 mg daily 3
1200 mg daily 3
150 mg daily 2
400 mg daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Lithium Carbonate

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Reason Patients Percentage
Side effects too severe 518
Did not seem to work 377
Doctor's advice 279
Other 160
Personal research 76
Course of treatment ended 33
Expense 18
Change in health plan coverage 12
See all 1035 patients who've stopped taking Lithium Carbonate

Duration

Currently taking Lithium Carbonate

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 21
5 - 10 years 21
10 years or more 21

Stopped taking Lithium Carbonate

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 189
1 - 6 months 253
6 months - 1 year 176
1 - 2 years 135
2 - 5 years 143
5 - 10 years 53
10 years or more 62
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 789
Usually 183
Sometimes 36
Never taken as prescribed 71
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 101
Somewhat hard to take 155
A little hard to take 191
Not at all hard to take 632
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 8
$100-199 1
$50-99 12
$25-49 39
< $25 551
Not specified 468

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Lithium Carbonate after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 54
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 36
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 26
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 26
Olanzapine (Zyprexa) 10

Show all 44 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Lithium Carbonate and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 116
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 45
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 43
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 33
Lurasidone (Latuda) 16

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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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