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Lithium Carbonate

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4.3
4.8  Effectiveness
7.3  Side Effects
5.7  Holistic Benefits

RateADrug users have reported 12 Lithium Carbonate side effects and 5 Lithium Carbonate benefits.

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Reported Changes in Health and Well-Being
Since taking Lithium Carbonate, RateADrug survey participants noticed these changes in their health:
Effect on:Much WorseWorseNo ChangeBetterMuch Better
Appetite 0% 5.3% 73.7% 21.1% 0%
Balance/Equilibrium 0% 10.5% 73.7% 10.5% 5.3%
Blood Pressure 0% 0% 88.9% 5.6% 5.6%
Breathing 0% 5.6% 77.8% 11.1% 5.6%
Confidence 0% 11.1% 72.2% 0% 16.7%
Coordination/Motor Skills 0% 25% 60% 5% 10%
Digestion 5% 20% 55% 15% 5%
Emotional Well-being 5.3% 5.3% 42.1% 26.3% 21.1%
Energy 5.3% 15.8% 42.1% 26.3% 10.5%
Eyesight 5.3% 10.5% 73.7% 5.3% 5.3%
Memory 10% 20% 45% 15% 10%
Mental Clarity 0% 5.6% 55.6% 22.2% 16.7%
Pain 0% 5.6% 83.3% 11.1% 0%
Patience 5.6% 5.6% 44.4% 16.7% 27.8%
Sexual Health 10% 35% 45% 5% 5%
Skin Complexion 5.6% 0% 77.8% 0% 16.7%
Sleep 0% 10.5% 26.3% 42.1% 21.1%
Stress Level 0% 5.6% 44.4% 33.3% 16.7%
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Commonly Reported Lithium Carbonate Side Effects
RateADrug survey participants experienced these commonly reported side effects:
Effect on:NoneMildModerateStrongSevere
Anxiety 55.6% 11.1% 11.1% 11.1% 11.1%
Blurred Vision 57.1% 14.3% 0% 28.6% 0%
Breathing Difficulties 57.1% 0% 14.3% 14.3% 14.3%
Change in Sex Drive 61.1% 11.1% 5.6% 22.2% 0%
Change in Weight 50% 5.6% 11.1% 22.2% 11.1%
Cold Symptoms 57.1% 0% 28.6% 14.3% 0%
Confusion 42.9% 0% 14.3% 42.9% 0%
Constipation 63.6% 18.2% 9.1% 0% 9.1%
Coordination / Balance Problems 63.6% 27.3% 9.1% 0% 0%
Dehydration / Thirst 60% 20% 0% 10% 10%
Depression 42.9% 14.3% 0% 14.3% 28.6%
Diarrhea 72.2% 5.6% 0% 11.1% 11.1%
Dizziness 55.6% 11.1% 22.2% 5.6% 5.6%
Drowsiness 61.1% 11.1% 16.7% 5.6% 5.6%
Dry Mouth 55.6% 11.1% 11.1% 11.1% 11.1%
Eye / Vision Problems 52.9% 17.6% 5.9% 11.8% 11.8%
Fatigue 57.9% 5.3% 15.8% 10.5% 10.5%
Gas 42.9% 0% 28.6% 14.3% 14.3%
Headache 58.8% 5.9% 17.6% 11.8% 5.9%
Increased Urination 36.4% 9.1% 27.3% 27.3% 0%
Indigestion 52.9% 5.9% 11.8% 29.4% 0%
Insomnia 42.9% 0% 14.3% 28.6% 14.3%
Irregular Heartbeat 71.4% 0% 14.3% 14.3% 0%
Irritability / Impatience 61.1% 5.6% 22.2% 0% 11.1%
Mood Swings 42.9% 14.3% 0% 0% 42.9%
Movement Problems 76.5% 5.9% 5.9% 5.9% 5.9%
Muscle Cramping 57.1% 0% 28.6% 14.3% 0%
Nausea 55.6% 16.7% 16.7% 5.6% 5.6%
Sensitivity to Light 71.4% 0% 14.3% 0% 14.3%
Sexual Dysfunction 55.6% 0% 16.7% 27.8% 0%
Stomach Ache 42.9% 14.3% 14.3% 0% 28.6%
Thinning / Loss of Hair 75% 6.2% 6.2% 6.2% 6.2%
Vomiting 93.8% 0% 6.2% 0% 0%
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Less Commonly Reported Lithium Carbonate Side Effects
RateADrug survey participants experienced less commonly reported side effects:
Effect on:NoneMildModerateStrongSevere
Breathing Difficulties 90% 10% 0% 0% 0%
Chest Pain 76.5% 11.8% 11.8% 0% 0%
Increased Depression 72.2% 0% 5.6% 16.7% 5.6%
Kidney Damage 87.5% 6.2% 6.2% 0% 0%
Liver Damage 94.1% 5.9% 0% 0% 0%
Muscle Spasms 87.5% 6.2% 0% 6.2% 0%
Reduced Libido 40% 10% 10% 40% 0%
Skin Problems 76.5% 5.9% 5.9% 0% 11.8%
Skin Rash 90.9% 9.1% 0% 0% 0%
Suicidal Tendencies 77.8% 5.6% 16.7% 0% 0%
Thyroid Problems 75% 12.5% 6.2% 0% 6.2%
Tremors 70% 10% 20% 0% 0%
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Episodes since taking Lithium Carbonate
Since taking Lithium Carbonate Rate a Drug survey participants reported these episodes:
Auto Accident 3.6%
Fall 7.1%
Hallucination 3.6%
Hospitalization 7.1%
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User Comments about Lithium Carbonate
11 Aug 2012 It is effective for keeping me level. I hate the chronic diarrhea and thefact that it dries me out so much.
   —Posted by Anonymous
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19 Dec 2011 I have just started Lithium, after trying MANY other drugs for my bipolar/mania. SO far I feel it is working, I am worried about the weight gain as I have eating disorders as well and am afraid of it very much. I do feel better since I started the Lithium as I had just gotten over a horrible manic episode even being medicated so I switched to Lithium. I am hoping for great results, so far so good!
   —Posted by Jenn G.
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14 Dec 2011 just had it once. felt anxiety and headache a few minutes after having it. also could not sleep till morning.
   —Posted by addy
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20 Oct 2010 Lithium Carbonate has saved my life in 1 way but is killing me in another. The side effects aren't the best. I wish I could get off of it. I try to eat healthy by staying away from heavy meats and dairy products and eating raw foods and drinking plenty of water. I also don't use many chemicals on or in my body. Lithium can be found in kelp as well...
   —Posted by Tau
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24 May 2010 I have taken lithium Carbonate in different variations since 1979 for the treatment of bipolar. Each time I chose to go off it for any reason I had problems and resumed. This has by far been my saving grace to allow me to live a normal life. Any benefits far outweigh the side effects.
   —Posted by Anonymous
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