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Lithium Carbonate vs Depakote Er, a side effect and effectiveness comparison for a male patient aged 21

This is personalized comparison of Lithium Carbonate vs Depakote Er for a male aged 21. The study is created by eHealthMe based on reports from FDA and social media.

What are the drugs

Lithium carbonate (latest outcomes from 16,039 users) has active ingredients of lithium carbonate. It is often used in bipolar disorder.

Depakote er (latest outcomes from 3,673 users) has active ingredients of divalproex sodium. It is often used in bipolar disorder.

On Aug, 11, 2014: 1,922 male patients aged 18 who take the same drugs are studied in Lithium Carbonate vs Depakote Er

Information of patient in study:

GenderAgeReason for the drug
Male18Bipolar

Drugs to compare:

DrugIngredientsCompany
Lithium Carbonate lithium carbonateRoxane
Depakote Er divalproex sodiumAbbott

eHealthMe real world results:

For males aged 18 (±5):

Most common side effects:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
Lithium Carbonate (Roxane)Depakote Er (Abbott)
Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (a life-threatening neurological disorder most often caused by an adverse reaction to neuroleptic or antipsychotic agents)Weight Increased
Agitation (state of anxiety or nervous excitement)Convulsion (muscles contract and relax rapidly and repeatedly, resulting in an uncontrolled shaking of the body)
Mania (a state of abnormally elevated or irritable mood)Agitation (state of anxiety or nervous excitement)
Pyrexia (fever)Aggression
Drug IneffectiveSomnolence (a state of near-sleep, a strong desire for sleep)
AggressionPyrexia (fever)
Suicide AttemptCondition Aggravated
Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)Abnormal Behaviour
Tremor (trembling or shaking movements in one or more parts of your body)Drug Ineffective
IrritabilityNausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)

Most common side effects experienced by people in long term use:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
Lithium Carbonate (Roxane)Depakote Er (Abbott)
Pancreatitis (inflammation of pancreas)Memory Impairment
Renal Failure Chronic (long lasting kidney dysfunction)Aggression Aggravated
Rectal Haemorrhage (bleeding from anus)Speech Disorder
Decubitus Ulcer (a chronic ulcer of the skin caused by prolonged pressure on it)Abnormal Behaviour
Thermal Burn (burn by heat)Neutropenia (an abnormally low number of neutrophils)
Type 2 Diabetes MellitusSuicidal Ideation
High Blood Glucose Level (high blood sugar)Irritability
Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (a life-threatening neurological disorder most often caused by an adverse reaction to neuroleptic or antipsychotic agents)Lethargy (tiredness)
OverdoseConfusional State
Pneumonitis (inflammation of the walls of the alveoli in the lungs)Convulsion (muscles contract and relax rapidly and repeatedly, resulting in an uncontrolled shaking of the body)

Drug effectiveness:

not at allsomewhatmoderatehighvery high
Lithium Carbonate7.27%30.91%23.64%23.64%14.55%
Depakote Er9.28%11.34%28.87%34.02%16.49%

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Side effects in real world:

On eHealthMe, Lithium Carbonate (lithium carbonate) is often used to treat bipolar disorder. Depakote Er (divalproex sodium) is often used to treat bipolar disorder. Find out below the conditions the drugs are used for, how effective they are, and any alternative drugs that you can use to treat those same conditions.

What is the drug used for and how effective is it:

Other drugs that are used to treat the same conditions:

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NOTE: The study is based on active ingredients. Other drugs that have the same active ingredients are also considered.

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