What is Lithicarb?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic name: Lithium Carbonate

Lithicarb, another name for 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
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 17 1
Bipolar disorder 9 6
Bipolar II disorder 3 1
Major depressive disorder 2 1
Atrophy of upper body muscles 1 0
Bipolar I disorder 1 0

Show all 9 reasons taken


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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 2
Moderate 3
Mild 0
None 5

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lithicarb

Side effect Patients
Acid reflux 1
Numbness in lower extremities 1
Shakiness 1
Tiredness 1
Tremor in hands 1
Tremor(s) 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Lithicarb

Dosage Patients
30 tablet(s) daily 1
600 mg twice daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Lithicarb

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 9
Did not seem to work 8
Doctor's advice 2
Personal research 2
Course of treatment ended 1
Other 1
See all 18 patients who've stopped taking Lithicarb

Duration

Currently taking Lithicarb

Duration Patients
2 - 5 years 2

Stopped taking Lithicarb

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 7
Usually 2
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 2
Not at all hard to take 6
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 1
< $25 2
Not specified 7

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Lithicarb after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Olanzapine (Zyprexa) 1
Risperidone (Risperdal) 1
Valproate Sodium (Epilim) 1

Patients stopped taking Lithicarb and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 1
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 1
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 1
Paroxetine (Paxil) 1
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 1
Last updated:

2 patient evaluations for Lithicarb

May 8, 2011 (Started Jul 17, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Participate in clinical trial)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (tiredness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: tiredness

Jan 12, 2011 (Started Jul 17, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Participate in clinical trial)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 590 mg Daily
Side effects: tiredness

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 26, 2008 (Started Dec 25, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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