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Who should not take Lithobid (lithium carbonate)?

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

Dr. Alan Ali
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Lithium Carbonate (Definition)

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 ...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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What diet is recommended with lithobid (lithium carbonate)?

What diet is recommended with lithobid (lithium carbonate)?

No particular diet: Salt will lower lithium levels. Diuretics, nonsteroidal analgesics (advil, ibuprophrn, etc) & fluid loss (diarrhea, sweating, vomiting) can raise lithium levels. No special diet required. ...Read more

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What's your experience with lithobid (lithium carbonate) compliance?

What's your experience with lithobid (lithium carbonate) compliance?

Discontinuation: It is not uncommon for patients on this medication to discontinue. ...Read more

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What's the difference between lithobid (lithium carbonate) and lithium?

What's the difference between lithobid (lithium carbonate) and lithium?

Lithobid (lithium carbonate) vs lithium: Aalthough comprised of the same medication, lithobid (lithium carbonate) is time-released; whereby lithium is not. Both are equally edfective, but the time-released doesn't seem to produce as many GI side effects. Lothobid is typically taken twice/day, hence the "bid" in the name. Lithium is generally taken three times/day (lithotid?). ...Read more

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I have been taking lithium (lithobid (lithium carbonate)) for 13 years and have gained much weight from it. Should I gain weight on lithobid (lithium carbonate)?

I have been taking lithium (lithobid (lithium carbonate)) for 13 years and have gained much weight from it. Should I gain weight on lithobid (lithium carbonate)?

Yes: Weight gain is an adverse reaction to lithium though I'm sure the benefits in this case outweigh the side effect. If in addition you are taking a second generation antipsychotic as well, this may also add to weight gain. Please discuss with your psychiatrist before taking any actions on you own. ...Read more

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Lithobid (lithium carbonate) side effects?

Lithobid (lithium carbonate) side effects?

Lithium: Lithobid (lithium carbonate) is a twice a day formulation of lithium. Side effects include dry mouth, feeling sleepy, hunger, a fine tremor, worsening psoriasis. Lithium can also affect your thyroid and your kidneys. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of lithobid (lithium carbonate)?

See below: The most common are increased thirst. Increased frequency and urgency to pass urine, muscle twitches, skin rash, G.I. Discomfort, trembling of the hands, loss of appetite. ...Read more

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I was just put on lithobid (lithium carbonate). What side effects should I expect?

Common but small: Common side effects include dry mouth, sleepiness, increased hunger, nausea, and diarrhea. Common side effects tend to lessen with continued use. Lithium can also worsen existing psoriasis, affect your thyroid and your kidneys, and cause a fine tremor. ...Read more

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Is it common to have increased appetite with lithobid (lithium carbonate) (900 mg) daily?

Usually not: Lithobid (lithium carbonate) can cause weight gain by decreasing metabolic rate, but appetite increase is an unusual side effect. ...Read more

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How long does take to lithium leave the body and have normal blood levels for a person taking 1200 lithobid (lithium carbonate) and changing med?

How long does take to lithium leave the body and have normal blood levels for a person taking 1200 lithobid (lithium carbonate) and changing med?

Lithium: Lithium has a half life that depends on a few factors, to include the amount of time it is taken, age of the patient, and how well the kidneys are working. On average, it is about a day, so you would expect to be completely clear of the medication 5 days after ceasing. Measurable blood levels will likely be normal within a couple days, however. ...Read more

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Which is the average lithobid (lithium carbonate) daily intake in men for reaching therapeutic levels? I'm on 1200mg daily and in my last check my levels were 3, 9mEq/L

Which is the average lithobid (lithium carbonate) daily intake in men for reaching therapeutic levels? I'm on 1200mg daily and in my last check my levels were 3, 9mEq/L

No average dose: There is not an "average" dose. That is why blood work needs to be drawn to make sure the dose is correct. There are numerous reasons that the dose can be different including age, other medications, kidney function, etc. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Lithobid (lithium carbonate) allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Lithobid (lithium carbonate) allergy?

Lithobid allergy: Lithobid (lithium carbonate) has been used in the treatment of mania (bipolar disorder). Allergic reactions can include difficulty breathing, hives and swelling of face, lips, throat, mouth or tongue. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if lithobid (lithium carbonate) and acetaminophen can mix safely?

Can you tell me if lithobid (lithium carbonate) and acetaminophen can mix safely?

Possibly: There is some chance that they could raise the risk of drowsiness, dizziness, poor concentration and judgement. So, until you discover how you react - play it safe and avoid driving or operating machinery, etc. If you don't like the results - don't mix them. If needed, give it a careful trial. Best! ...Read more

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Why my doctor wants me to take 1200 mg of lithobid (lithium carbonate) before bedtime?

Sedation: Some doctors dose lithium at bedtime to minimize the side effects you could experience during the day. Some people may feel drowsy with lithium at bedtime. ...Read more

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Are there any blood pressure medications that are safe to use along with lithobid (lithium carbonate) 2700mg (daily)?

Are there any blood pressure medications that are safe to use along with lithobid (lithium carbonate) 2700mg (daily)?

Yes: You typically want to stay away from medications that are diuretics. The other medications, in consultation with your doctor, are ok. ...Read more

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How long does it take lithium to take effect for my depressive episode? I'm currently at lithobid (lithium carbonate) 800 mg daily

Depends: One must first be at a therapeutic level of lithium - this is determined by a lab test. Time to take effect can vary from days to several weeks. Given your other conditions your depression may not be solved by just lithium. Alcohol is a depressant and does not mix well with medication. Therapy may also help with your personality disorder. Talk to your doctor if you have any concerns. ...Read more

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How can I avoid or make less significant the weight gain and slow metabolism while on lithobid (lithium carbonate)?

How can I avoid or make less significant the weight gain and slow metabolism while on lithobid (lithium carbonate)?

I usually refer my: Patients who have weight gain related to psychiatric medications to a nutritionist for both education and monitoring. That might be helpful for you. ...Read more

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Between Depakote and lithobid (lithium carbonate) which is best for a person with more depressive episodes than manic?

Between Depakote and lithobid (lithium carbonate) which is best for a person with more depressive episodes than manic?

Lithium vs DEPAKOTE: Lithium generally works better on the depressed side of bipolar disorder. Depakote shines more on the manic side of bipolar disorder. These are gross generalizations and there are many exceptions to the rule. However, if it were me and I were having difficulty with bipolar depression I would likely choose lithium over depakote. I realize that there are likely many clinicians who would view this differently. I think there is literature to support both in the use of bipolar depression and bipolar mania. ...Read more

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Can 400mg lithobid (lithium carbonate) daily cause thyroid problems? Since my TSH before-after rise from 3, 2 to 14, 3 mlu/l.

Can 400mg lithobid (lithium carbonate) daily cause thyroid problems? Since my TSH before-after rise from 3, 2 to 14, 3 mlu/l.

Yes...: It is not at all unusual for lithium to affect the thyroid and cause hypothyroidism, which is what it appears you are seeing with that increase in the tsh. If someone needs to stay on lithium, then the thyroid issue needs to be treated. See the dr prescribing your lithium who may want to refer you to your regular medical dr or an endocrinologist. It is not usually a reason to go off the lithium. ...Read more

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I've been diagnosed with social phobia and narcisistic personality disorder, also an identity crisis. My doctor prescribed me lithobid (lithium carbonate). Why?

Lithobid (lithium carbonate): Lithobid (lithium carbonate) is a lithium medication indicated for many problems similar to your problems. Your doctor is trying to help you get better. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between lithobid and lithium carbonate?

Yes: Lithobid (lithium carbonate) is a delayed release preparation that usually causes less stomach side effects. ...Read more

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What's the therapeutic level for lithium carbonate tabs (lithobid)?

.6 to 1.2 mEq/L: Lithium (li) levels must be monitored closely b/c the therapeutic level is close to the toxic level. Toxicity symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, muscle weakness & kidney changes. Should be avoided in pregnancy. Li is processed by the kidneys (not liver). ½ life is 24 hours. Effective serum range is. 6 to 1.2 meq/l. Toxic range starts at ~ 1.5 meq/l. Treatment for toxicity is supportive. ...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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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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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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What happens when a person is prescribed eskalith (lithium carbonate) and does not really need it?

What happens when a person is prescribed eskalith (lithium carbonate) and does not really need it?

Really?: This is a lithium preparation most often used in the treatment of bipolar disorder.This is a most difficult problem to treat in that our patients are resistant to the diagnosis and don't want to take the med as that means they accept the diagnosis. Please discuss this further with your dr. ...Read more

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. Julie Abbott
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Lithonate (Definition)

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