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.

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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

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.

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.

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.

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.
Lithobid (lithium carbonate) Is a form of slower acting lithium taken twice daily (hence the term bid) for acute manic depression, prevention of recurrence of manic depression, and sometimes as an adjunctive medication with antidepressants for depression. Response usually evident by 2-4 weeks of tx.

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.

Whats your experience with lithobid (lithium carbonate) compliance?

Discontinuation. It is not uncommon for patients on this medication to discontinue.
Lithobid (lithium carbonate) Very effective mood stabilizer, better tolerated than other forms of lithium, given twice daily.