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Lithobid Lithium Carbonate
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
Discontinuation: It is not uncommon for patients on this medication to discontinue. ...Read more
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
How long does it take to have the desired clinical effects on someone just starting with lithobid (lithium carbonate)?
One or two weeks: You should be able to tell wether it is working. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
How can I avoid or make less significant the weight gain and slow metabolism while on lithobid (lithium carbonate)?
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
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
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
Yes: Lithobid (lithium carbonate) is a delayed release preparation that usually causes less stomach side effects. ...Read more
.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
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
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
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
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
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
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