What is Lithium Carbonate?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Lithium Carbonate ER Lithobid XR Priadel 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 885 498
Bipolar I disorder 362 210
Bipolar II disorder 361 213
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 301 124
Major depressive disorder 63 52
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 241
Moderate 275
Mild 248
None 207

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lithium Carbonate

Side effect Patients
Tremor in hands 116
Weight gain 92
Nausea 55
Thirst 46
Diarrhea 43
Excessive thirst (polydipsia) 37

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Lithium Carbonate

Dosage Patients
300 mg twice daily 32
600 mg daily 29
900 mg daily 28
300 mg daily 26
600 mg twice daily 17
300 mg three times daily 16
150 mg daily 10
450 mg daily 8
450 mg twice daily 8
1,200 mg daily 6

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Why patients stopped taking Lithium Carbonate

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 454
Did not seem to work 348
Doctor's advice 246
Other 151
Personal research 71
Course of treatment ended 29
Expense 18
Change in health plan coverage 8
See all 920 patients who've stopped taking Lithium Carbonate

Duration

Currently taking Lithium Carbonate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 17
6 months - 1 year 24
1 - 2 years 34
2 - 5 years 56
5 - 10 years 63
10 years or more 57

Stopped taking Lithium Carbonate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 170
1 - 6 months 241
6 months - 1 year 170
1 - 2 years 124
2 - 5 years 131
5 - 10 years 39
10 years or more 51
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 727
Usually 151
Sometimes 30
Never taken as prescribed 63
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 82
Somewhat hard to take 143
A little hard to take 158
Not at all hard to take 588
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 8
$100-199 1
$50-99 13
$25-49 37
< $25 495
Not specified 417

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Lithium Carbonate after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 44
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 37
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 21
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 19
Olanzapine (Zyprexa) 10

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Patients stopped taking Lithium Carbonate and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 50
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 22
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 18
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 17
Carbamazepine (Tegretol) 7

Show all 36 treatments patients report switching to

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91 patient evaluations for Lithium Carbonate

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)

  • 0 helpful marks

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

Dec 11, 2015 (Started Oct 28, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Agitation)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Mood swings)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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