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Dr. Alan Ali
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Lithium Carbonate (Overview)

Lithium carbonate is a medication approved to treat bipolar type 1 acute manic episodes. It is also used for as maintenance therapy to prevent future bipolar mood episodes. Its clinically efficacy is related to serum levels which require blood draws. It can cause a minor to serious side effects and is life threatening in overdose. For additional information, please refer to the fda website.


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What is lithium carbonate for?

What is lithium carbonate for?

Lithium carbonate: Lithium carbonate is most frequently prescribed to treat lability in bipolar disorder, as well as schizoaffective disorder. It can be used to augment treatment in major depression as well. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
88 doctors shared insights

Lithium Carbonate (Overview)

Lithium carbonate is a medication approved to treat bipolar type 1 acute manic episodes. It is also used for as maintenance therapy to prevent future bipolar mood episodes. Its clinically efficacy is related to serum levels which require blood draws. It can cause a minor to serious side effects and is life threatening in overdose. For additional information, please refer to the fda website.


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What's to be expected with lithobid (lithium carbonate)?

What's to be expected with lithobid (lithium carbonate)?

Even disposition: This medication is used to help even out moods. It should provide a steadier mood state. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: lithium carbonate?

Lithium: Lithium carbonate is a medication approved to treat bipolar type 1 acute manic episodes. It is also used for as maintenance therapy to prevent future bipolar mood episodes. Its clinically efficacy is related to serum levels which require blood draws. It can cause a minor to serious side effects and is life threatening in overdose. For additional information, please refer to the fda website. ...Read more

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What is the pharmacological mechanism of action of lithium carbonate when used to treat bipolar disorder?

Unknown: The exact mechanism is not fully understood. It effects sodium transport in nerve cells and may have effects on several neurotransmitters, most notably glutamate and serotonin. It is the most effective agent for mood stability, but may have effects on thyroid and kidneys after many years of continuous use. ...Read more

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How long does it take for lithium carbonate to be effective for bipolar II symptoms? And what is theraputic level? Thanks.

How long does it take for lithium carbonate to be effective for bipolar II symptoms?  And what is theraputic level?  Thanks.

Varies: Onset of benefit can occur in days. This is very welcomed when this occurs but it is not discouraging if it doesn't. Depend end on a patients course of illness benefit from lithium can be realized over a few to several weeks. Therapeutic blood levels for lithium range from 0.5 to 1.2 meq/l. ...Read more

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Would several thousand milligrams of lithium carbonate at one time be dangerous for someone?

Would several thousand milligrams of lithium carbonate at one time be dangerous for someone?

Lithium Toxicity or: Since the average dose is 900mg to 1500mg, taking 3000mg will undoutedly result in lithium toxicity, which is characterized by some nasty characteristics or side effects. Depending on how your body meyabolizes will define whether it is a lethal dose or whether your kidneys will be damagedpossibly requiring dialysis. Too high of a dose can lead to a coma. ...Read more

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Lithium carbonate worst side effects?

Lithium carbonate worst side effects?

Thyroid and kidney: Lithium toxicity, thyroid effects, and kidney effects are probably the more severe side effects of lithium. It is best to work with your physician to monitor any side effects of lithium. Lithium is quite beneficial though for those with bipolar or if it is used as an adjunct to treat major depression. ...Read more

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How to cease lithium carbonate. Presently on 400mg per day for last 10 months. And how to control ceaser after effects?

Lithium: Not sure why u are coming off of the lithium. Work with your prescribing doctor on the tapering regimen. ...Read more

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Take 9 meds including 900mgs of lithium carbonate. Would it be wise to wear a medic alert id considering the amount of meds i take? Thank you.

Yes.: Yes, it would be wise to wear one. Make sure it includes your allergies and your medical conditions also. You don't have to include your psychiatric illnesses. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens when you mix lithium carbonate and adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine)?

Could you tell me what happens when you mix lithium carbonate and adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine)?

What is the goal?: Lithium and Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) can be safely used together. More important are the treatment goals. Is Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) added to offset the fatigue of bipolar depression, sedation from other necessary medications, or for adhd? Once the purpose of Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) is clarified, you can determine whether the targeted problems have improved. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for lithium carbonate overdose?

What is the treatment for lithium carbonate overdose?

Lithium OD: Lithium can affect kidneys & electrolytes, causing heart & urinary problems. Usual treatment of overdose is hospitalization with fluid replacement & dialysis to get rid of excess lithium. ...Read more

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What is lithium carbonate for?

Lithium carbonate: Lithium carbonate is most frequently prescribed to treat lability in bipolar disorder, as well as schizoaffective disorder. It can be used to augment treatment in major depression as well. ...Read more

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What can I expect when taking lithium carbonate?

Lithium Carbonate: If you have bipolar disorder and your doctor has prescribed lithium carbonate, you can expect more mood stability -- less problems with depression and/or mania. Some typical side effects include hand tremor, increased thirst, increased urination, and sometimes diarrhea, etc. Your doctor will need to monitor thyroid and kidney function over time, since chronic lithium use can affect those. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how is lithium carbonate formed?

Not a DIY project: It's formed by professional chemists in a specially equipped laboratory. The techniques and 'recipe' are protected by patent until it becomes generic, but still it's not available to everyday folk. ...Read more

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Who should not take Lithobid (lithium carbonate)?

Lithobid (lithium carbonate): Lithium is contraindicated in ones with significant kidney or cardiovascular diseases, severe dehydration, sodium deficiency, pregnant women, some diuretics, and patients who are poorly compliant. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: lithium carbonate?

Lithium: Lithium carbonate is a medication approved to treat bipolar type 1 acute manic episodes. It is also used for as maintenance therapy to prevent future bipolar mood episodes. Its clinically efficacy is related to serum levels which require blood draws. It can cause a minor to serious side effects and is life threatening in overdose. For additional information, please refer to the fda website. ...Read more

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What's to be expected with lithobid (lithium carbonate)?

Even disposition: This medication is used to help even out moods. It should provide a steadier mood state. ...Read more

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Lithium (Definition)

Chemically, lithium is a light, soft, alkali metal. It's very highly reactive, so that in nature it's only found in compound form. It's useful in batteries. As a medication, Lithium Carbonate and citrate can be used to stabilize mood in people with bipolar disorder. In these people it can help with both mania and depression. Blood level monitoring is ...Read more


Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Lithonate (Definition)

Lithonate is a mania control agent which is a ...Read more