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 935 518
Bipolar II disorder 387 222
Bipolar I disorder 383 216
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 301 124
Major depressive disorder 73 54
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
247
Moderate
289
Mild
258
None
215

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lithium Carbonate

Side effect Patients
Tremor in hands 120
Weight gain 102
Nausea 58
Thirst 46
Diarrhea 44
Excessive thirst (polydipsia) 39

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Lithium Carbonate

Dosage Patients
300 mg twice daily 34
300 mg daily 31
600 mg daily 30
900 mg daily 30
600 mg twice daily 22
300 mg three times daily 16
450 mg twice daily 8
450 mg daily 7
1,200 mg daily 7
150 mg daily 6

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Why patients stopped taking Lithium Carbonate

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 480
Did not seem to work 361
Doctor's advice 260
Other 159
Personal research 74
Course of treatment ended 30
Expense 18
Change in health plan coverage 10
See all 969 patients who've stopped taking Lithium Carbonate

Duration

Currently taking Lithium Carbonate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 22
6 months - 1 year 23
1 - 2 years 41
2 - 5 years 57
5 - 10 years 59
10 years or more 45

Stopped taking Lithium Carbonate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 185
1 - 6 months 245
6 months - 1 year 175
1 - 2 years 128
2 - 5 years 140
5 - 10 years 44
10 years or more 58
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 748
Usually 162
Sometimes 32
Never taken as prescribed 67
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 85
Somewhat hard to take 148
A little hard to take 171
Not at all hard to take 605
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 8
$100-199 1
$50-99 14
$25-49 37
< $25 516
Not specified 433

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Lithium Carbonate after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 42
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 38
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 22
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 22
Olanzapine (Zyprexa) 10

Show all 39 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Lithium Carbonate and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 58
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 24
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 21
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 18
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 7

Show all 37 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

  • 0 helpful marks

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)

  • 1 helpful mark

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
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