What is Lithium Carbonate?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Lithium Carbonate ER Priadel Lithobid XR 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 946 532
Bipolar II disorder 397 230
Bipolar I disorder 396 231
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 301 124
Major depressive disorder 77 56
Depressed mood 30 12

Show all 79 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 259
Moderate 293
Mild 267
None 224

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lithium Carbonate

Side effect Patients
Tremor in hands 122
Weight gain 105
Nausea 60
Thirst 47
Diarrhea 45
Excessive thirst (polydipsia) 43

Show all 290 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Lithium Carbonate

Dosage Patients
900 mg daily 27
300 mg twice daily 26
300 mg daily 24
600 mg daily 16
600 mg twice daily 15
300 mg three times daily 13
1,200 mg daily 11
150 mg daily 7
450 mg twice daily 7
450 mg daily 5

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Why patients stopped taking Lithium Carbonate

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 499
Did not seem to work 362
Doctor's advice 265
Other 161
Personal research 74
Course of treatment ended 31
Expense 18
Change in health plan coverage 11
See all 991 patients who've stopped taking Lithium Carbonate

Duration

Currently taking Lithium Carbonate

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 10
6 months - 1 year 15
1 - 2 years 28
2 - 5 years 47
5 - 10 years 50
10 years or more 40

Stopped taking Lithium Carbonate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 191
1 - 6 months 250
6 months - 1 year 176
1 - 2 years 133
2 - 5 years 140
5 - 10 years 49
10 years or more 58
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 765
Usually 173
Sometimes 33
Never taken as prescribed 72
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 90
Somewhat hard to take 151
A little hard to take 176
Not at all hard to take 626
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 9
$100-199 1
$50-99 13
$25-49 38
< $25 534
Not specified 448

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Lithium Carbonate after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 44
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 38
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 25
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 22
Olanzapine (Zyprexa) 10

Show all 40 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Lithium Carbonate and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 67
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 27
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 25
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 20
Carbamazepine (Tegretol) 9

Show all 36 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

  • 1 helpful mark

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 Daily

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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