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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
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
Ask you doctor: Lithobid (lithium carbonate) is typically a medication that needs to be slowly discontinued rather than abruptly stopped. These medications are used in the treatment of bipolar disorder. Studies indicate that only 9% of bipolar patients can be stabilized on a single medication. 80% of patients take between 2-5 medications to achieve stabilization. It is common to use these two meds in combination. ...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
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
Is it recommendable for a person with overweight problems to be kept on 100 mg of Seroquel (quetiapine)? also on 1600mg of Lithobid
Talk to your doctor: I would say that your doctor or other prescriber has a good clinical rationale for placing you on Seroquel (quetiapine) and Lithobid. If you are uncomfortable with such a regimen due to possible side effects or collateral effects having to do with unrelated issues to the psychiatric reasons for which the medications are being used then, you should discuss this with him or her. ...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
Is it probably that my psychiatrist will allow me to get off lithobid and stay on abilify (aripiprazole)?
Your psychiatrist: Your psychiatrist would be the best one to help evaluate your basic problem, how you're feeling and doing with it, and what medications will work the best in your case. To do this well, s/he needs honest information from you. Together you and your psychiatrist can develop a treatment plan -- and amend it as needed. ...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
Is it normal that my decreased memory because of Lithobid worsens in combination of Seroquel (quetiapine)? I literary forgot everything, and yes I'll discuss w/doc
Memory Loss: Memory loss could be a side effect of lithium therapy, as well as a consequence of the illness. Seroquel (quetiapine) may cause sedation, which may be accompanied by mental fatigue and concentration problems. Most likely, your problems with attention, concentration and memory are of mixed etiology: the illness (bipolar, schizoaffective, ADHD) lithium and sedating medications. ...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
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
What would happen if I drink alcohol while on treatment with lithobid, Depakote and seroquel (quetiapine)?
Nothing helpful: As you have probably been told by your physician, drinking alcohol with medications like lithobid, depakote, and seroquel (quetiapine) is not recommended. It will accentuate central nervous system depression, leaving you sedated or worse. Additionally, alcohol may destabilize your sleep and mood further. Maintaining balance is essential for people on such medications. Please abstain from alcohol. ...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
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