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 907 504
Bipolar I disorder 374 212
Bipolar II disorder 371 217
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 301 124
Major depressive disorder 70 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 243
Moderate 278
Mild 254
None 209

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lithium Carbonate

Side effect Patients
Tremor in hands 116
Weight gain 93
Nausea 56
Thirst 46
Diarrhea 43
Excessive thirst (polydipsia) 39

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Lithium Carbonate

Dosage Patients
300 mg twice daily 34
600 mg daily 30
900 mg daily 29
300 mg daily 22
600 mg twice daily 20
300 mg three times daily 15
450 mg daily 8
150 mg daily 5
450 mg twice daily 5
1,200 mg daily 5

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Why patients stopped taking Lithium Carbonate

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 465
Did not seem to work 353
Doctor's advice 252
Other 155
Personal research 74
Course of treatment ended 30
Expense 18
Change in health plan coverage 8
See all 941 patients who've stopped taking Lithium Carbonate

Duration

Currently taking Lithium Carbonate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 22
6 months - 1 year 14
1 - 2 years 34
2 - 5 years 56
5 - 10 years 61
10 years or more 48

Stopped taking Lithium Carbonate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 174
1 - 6 months 246
6 months - 1 year 172
1 - 2 years 124
2 - 5 years 134
5 - 10 years 43
10 years or more 54
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 736
Usually 155
Sometimes 30
Never taken as prescribed 63
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 83
Somewhat hard to take 144
A little hard to take 162
Not at all hard to take 595
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 8
$100-199 1
$50-99 13
$25-49 37
< $25 501
Not specified 424

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Lithium Carbonate after stopping:

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

Show all 37 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Lithium Carbonate and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 55
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 23
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 19
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 19
Carbamazepine (Tegretol) 7

Show all 37 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)

  • 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

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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