What is Priadel?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic name: Lithium Carbonate

Priadel is an international brand name for lithium 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 16 8
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 6 4
Major depressive disorder 6 5
Bipolar II disorder 2 2
Mood swings 2 2
Bipolar I disorder 1 0

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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 3
Moderate 4
Mild 7
None 4

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Priadel

Side effect Patients
Excessive thirst (polydipsia) 3
Frequent urination 3
Tiredness 3
Muscle aches 2
Swelling in hands 2
Swelling in lower extremities 2

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Priadel

Dosage Patients
800 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Priadel

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 4
Doctor's advice 3
Side effects too severe 3
Other 2
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Duration

Currently taking Priadel

Duration Patients
2 - 5 years 1

Stopped taking Priadel

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 3
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 15
Usually 3
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 4
Not at all hard to take 9
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 11
Not specified 7

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Priadel after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 2
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 1
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 1
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 1

Patients stopped taking Priadel and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 1
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4 patient evaluations for Priadel

Oct 17, 2012 (Started Aug 29, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for suicidal ideation)
  • Side effects
    Mild (ringing in ears (tinnitus))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 400 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 9, 2012 (Started Mar 09, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (swelling in lower extremities, swelling in hands, excessive thirst (polydipsia), muscle aches, frequent urination, tiredness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 800 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I gained weight through water retention, had swollen ankles and hands. I was always thirsty and had high urinary frequency especially at night .
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: swelling in lower extremities, frequent urination, tiredness, swelling in hands, excessive thirst (polydipsia), muscle aches

Aug 24, 2009 (Started Mar 09, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (swelling in lower extremities, swelling in hands, excessive thirst (polydipsia), muscle aches, frequent urination, tiredness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 800 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I have been on lithium for 1 year, I was originally given a prognosis of two years, now because of the slowing of my symptoms my doctor says, if there was such a thing as remission in this disease I would have it and can no longer give a prognosis.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: swelling in lower extremities, frequent urination, tiredness, swelling in hands, excessive thirst (polydipsia), muscle aches

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 8, 2011 (Started Jun 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for bipolar II disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 400 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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