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 844 471
Bipolar I Disorder 356 208
Bipolar II Disorder 347 206
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) 301 124
Major Depressive Disorder 63 51
Depressed mood 27 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 238
Moderate 268
Mild 242
None 201

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lithium Carbonate

Side effect Patients
Tremor in hands 116
Weight gain 90
Nausea 55
Thirst 46
Diarrhea 43
Excessive thirst (polydipsia) 38

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Lithium Carbonate

Dosage Patients
300 mg twice daily 38
300 mg daily 34
900 mg daily 30
600 mg daily 27
600 mg twice daily 23
300 mg three times daily 22
1,200 mg daily 11
150 mg daily 10
450 mg twice daily 9
400 mg daily 7

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Why patients stopped taking Lithium Carbonate

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 446
Did not seem to work 343
Doctor's advice 240
Other 146
Personal research 70
Course of treatment ended 29
Expense 18
Change in health plan coverage 8
See all 906 patients who’ve stopped taking Lithium Carbonate

Duration

Currently taking Lithium Carbonate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 23
6 months - 1 year 46
1 - 2 years 28
2 - 5 years 57
5 - 10 years 72
10 years or more 69

Stopped taking Lithium Carbonate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 164
1 - 6 months 240
6 months - 1 year 169
1 - 2 years 122
2 - 5 years 127
5 - 10 years 39
10 years or more 51
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 709
Usually 151
Sometimes 29
Never taken as prescribed 60
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 80
Somewhat hard to take 142
A little hard to take 156
Not at all hard to take 571
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 8
$100-199 1
$50-99 13
$25-49 39
< $25 482
Not specified 406

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Lithium Carbonate after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 40
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 36
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 17
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 17
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 7

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Patients stopped taking Lithium Carbonate and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 47
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 22
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 15
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 15
Carbamazepine (Tegretol) 7

Show all 36 treatments patients report switching to

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90 patient evaluations for Lithium Carbonate

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COOPERATI
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COOPERATI
Gender: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Depression: 3
Mania: 2
Emotional: 4
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 2
External Stress: Overwhelming
43 M
Function: Low
Distress: High
I am: vb
I have:
Schizophrenia

See COOPERATI's full Lithium Carbonate history

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)

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Jerry123
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Jerry123
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 3
Mania: 1
Emotional: 2
Anxiety: 3
Compulsion: 3
External Stress: Severe
53 M
Function: Low
Distress: Moderate
I am: n
I have:
Bipolar I

See Jerry123's full Lithium Carbonate history

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

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sparkifox
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Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 2
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 2
External Stress: Severe
31 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
C-PTSD

See sparkifox's full Lithium Carbonate history

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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