What is Lithium Carbonate?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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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
  • Can't tell

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 295 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Lithium Carbonate

Dosage Patients
300 mg twice daily 27
900 mg daily 27
300 mg daily 23
600 mg daily 17
600 mg twice daily 16
300 mg three times daily 14
1,200 mg daily 10
450 mg twice daily 7
150 mg daily 6
450 mg daily 4

See all 35 dosages

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 30
2 - 5 years 46
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

Oct 17, 2012 (Started Aug 29, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for suicidal ideation)
  • Side effects
    Mild (ringing in ears (tinnitus))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 400 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 15, 2012 (Started Jul 18, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    Severe
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Everyone is different. This worked without the severe apathy at 600mg. P-doc increased it to 900 because that was the therapeutic dose, but I didn't care about SHIT on that dose. Just stopped it. A lot of people find it really helpful. I'm just one person, one experience.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 12, 2012 (Started May 04, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (cognitive confusion, fatigue, thirst)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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