What is Eskalith CR?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic name: Lithium Carbonate

Eskalith® CR is a brand name for lithium carbonate 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 4 2
Bipolar I disorder 4 2
Bipolar II disorder 2 1
Major depressive disorder 1 1

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 1
Moderate 1
Mild 2
None 0

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Eskalith CR

Side effect Patients
Dizzy spells 1
Excessive dry mouth 1
Problems with coordination in hands 1
Tremor in hands 1
Weight gain 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Eskalith CR

Dosage Patients
450 mg twice daily 2
900 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Eskalith CR

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 3
Doctor's advice 1
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Duration

Currently taking Eskalith CR

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
5 - 10 years 2

Stopped taking Eskalith CR

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 4
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 1
Not at all hard to take 3
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 2
Not specified 2
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2 patient evaluations for Eskalith CR

Aug 18, 2011 (Started Jul 12, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bipolar I disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 450 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 29, 1999 (Started Dec 15, 1999)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Severe
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: This medication helped me more with my depression than any other medication evry has. However, it basically stopped my metabolism in its tracks, and i was only 16 at the time. I gained at least 40 pounds in around 2 months withput changing anything else in my life. Unfortunately, this ended up mking me more upset in the long run so I discontinued this medication.

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