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 953 533
Bipolar II disorder 402 230
Bipolar I disorder 400 236
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 301 124
Major depressive disorder 79 56
Depressed mood 31 12

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 260
Moderate 297
Mild 272
None 228

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lithium Carbonate

Side effect Patients Percentage
Tremor in hands 125
Weight gain 105
Nausea 60
Thirst 47
Diarrhea 46
Excessive thirst (polydipsia) 43

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Lithium Carbonate

Dosage Patients Percentage
300 mg twice daily 24
900 mg daily 23
600 mg daily 20
300 mg daily 18
600 mg twice daily 12
300 mg three times daily 11
150 mg daily 8
1200 mg daily 8
450 mg twice daily 5
800 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 364
Doctor's advice 269
Other 162
Personal research 75
Course of treatment ended 31
Expense 19
Change in health plan coverage 12
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Duration

Currently taking Lithium Carbonate

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 12
6 months - 1 year 14
1 - 2 years 21
2 - 5 years 46
5 - 10 years 43
10 years or more 37

Stopped taking Lithium Carbonate

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 191
1 - 6 months 253
6 months - 1 year 177
1 - 2 years 135
2 - 5 years 141
5 - 10 years 50
10 years or more 61
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 778
Usually 176
Sometimes 33
Never taken as prescribed 70
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 91
Somewhat hard to take 153
A little hard to take 180
Not at all hard to take 633
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 9
$100-199 1
$50-99 13
$25-49 38
< $25 540
Not specified 456

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Lithium Carbonate after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 43
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 37
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 25
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 20
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) 9

Show all 36 treatments patients report switching to

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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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