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Whats the difference between lithobid (lithium carbonate) and lithium ?

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Dr. Paul Pancner
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In brief: 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?).

In brief: 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?).
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