What is Lithium Carbonate ER?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic name: Lithium Carbonate

Lithium 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 34 29
Bipolar II disorder 27 24
Bipolar I disorder 24 18
Depressed mood 6 2
Major depressive disorder 6 3
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 3 1

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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 10
Moderate 25
Mild 12
None 7

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lithium Carbonate ER

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 8
Tremor in hands 7
Diarrhea 6
Dry mouth 5
Tremor(s) 5
Excessive thirst (polydipsia) 4

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Lithium Carbonate ER

Dosage Patients
300 mg daily 4
300 mg twice daily 2
900 mg daily 2
600 mg daily 1
800 mg daily 1
600 mg twice daily 1
1,350 mg daily 1
900 mg twice daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Lithium Carbonate ER

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 22
Doctor's advice 14
Did not seem to work 8
Other 8
Personal research 2
Course of treatment ended 1
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Duration

Currently taking Lithium Carbonate ER

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 2
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Lithium Carbonate ER

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 10
1 - 6 months 7
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 5
10 years or more 5
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 47
Usually 7
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 10
A little hard to take 11
Not at all hard to take 31
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 1
< $25 31
Not specified 22

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Lithium Carbonate ER after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 2
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 2
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 2
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 1
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 1

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Patients stopped taking Lithium Carbonate ER and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 4
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 1
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 1
Vortioxetine (Trintellix) 1
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3 patient evaluations for Lithium Carbonate ER

Aug 30, 2010 (Started Jun 08, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (chronic diarrhea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 450 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Lithium has always worked well for me. The biggest problem I have with it is constant diarrhea. But it's worth it for the mood stabilization it gives me.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: chronic diarrhea

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Jul 22, 2010 (Started Jul 07, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Severe (headaches, diarrhea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 900 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: diarrhea, headaches

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Mar 30, 2010 (Started Mar 23, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    Severe (weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: quick weight gain for me
Side effects: weight gain

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