What is Lithium Carbonate?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Lithium Carbonate ER Lithobid XR Priadel 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 897 502
Bipolar I disorder 369 212
Bipolar II disorder 364 213
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 301 124
Major depressive disorder 67 52
Depressed mood 28 10

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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
Severe 243
Moderate 276
Mild 249
None 209

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lithium Carbonate

Side effect Patients
Tremor in hands 116
Weight gain 92
Nausea 56
Thirst 46
Diarrhea 43
Excessive thirst (polydipsia) 38

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Lithium Carbonate

Dosage Patients
300 mg twice daily 34
600 mg daily 24
900 mg daily 23
300 mg daily 21
600 mg twice daily 21
300 mg three times daily 17
450 mg daily 10
150 mg daily 8
1,200 mg daily 7
150 mg twice daily 5

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Why patients stopped taking Lithium Carbonate

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 464
Did not seem to work 351
Doctor's advice 251
Other 153
Personal research 73
Course of treatment ended 30
Expense 18
Change in health plan coverage 8
See all 935 patients who've stopped taking Lithium Carbonate

Duration

Currently taking Lithium Carbonate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 17
6 months - 1 year 20
1 - 2 years 35
2 - 5 years 55
5 - 10 years 59
10 years or more 51

Stopped taking Lithium Carbonate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 172
1 - 6 months 245
6 months - 1 year 172
1 - 2 years 124
2 - 5 years 133
5 - 10 years 42
10 years or more 53
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 732
Usually 152
Sometimes 30
Never taken as prescribed 63
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 83
Somewhat hard to take 143
A little hard to take 159
Not at all hard to take 592
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 8
$100-199 1
$50-99 13
$25-49 37
< $25 497
Not specified 421

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Lithium Carbonate after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 44
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 37
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 21
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 21
Olanzapine (Zyprexa) 10

Show all 36 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Lithium Carbonate and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 53
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 23
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 20
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 19
Carbamazepine (Tegretol) 7

Show all 36 treatments patients report switching to

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91 patient evaluations for Lithium Carbonate

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 All the time (24/7)

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 All the time (24/7)

  • 0 helpful marks

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

Dec 11, 2015 (Started Oct 28, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for agitation)
  • Side effects
    Mild (mood swings)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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