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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.

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On Jan, 31, 2014: 1,915 people 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)Aggression
Pyrexia (fever)Agitation (state of anxiety or nervous excitement)
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
Drug Interaction NosSuicide Attempt

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
Odd Thoughts, Heavyness In BodyAggression Aggravated
Renal Failure Chronic (long lasting kidney dysfunction)Convulsion (muscles contract and relax rapidly and repeatedly, resulting in an uncontrolled shaking of the body)
Rectal Haemorrhage (bleeding from anus)Abnormal Behaviour
Decubitus Ulcer (a chronic ulcer of the skin caused by prolonged pressure on it)Suicide Attempt
Thermal Burn (burn by heat)Suicidal Ideation
Type 2 Diabetes MellitusIrritability
Triglyceride LevelLethargy (tiredness)
Itchy Rash At Multiple Sites, Circular Without A Defined BorderConfusional State
Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (a life-threatening neurological disorder most often caused by an adverse reaction to neuroleptic or antipsychotic agents)Neutropenia (an abnormally low number of neutrophils)

For people in general (regardless of gender or age):

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
IrritabilitySuicide Attempt

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)
Odd Thoughts, Heavyness In BodyRadiculitis (inflammation of the spinal nerve roots)
Vision BlurredWithdrawal Syndrome (a discontinuation syndrome is a set of symptoms occurred due to discontinuation of substance)
Urinary Incontinence (inability to control the flow of urine and involuntary urination)Neutropenia (an abnormally low number of neutrophils)
Renal Failure Chronic (long lasting kidney dysfunction)Aggression Aggravated
Tremor (trembling or shaking movements in one or more parts of your body)Hypersexuality
Decubitus Ulcer (a chronic ulcer of the skin caused by prolonged pressure on it)Irritability
Thermal Burn (burn by heat)Memory Impairment
Type 2 Diabetes MellitusLethargy (tiredness)
Pancreatitis (inflammation of pancreas)Convulsion (muscles contract and relax rapidly and repeatedly, resulting in an uncontrolled shaking of the body)
Rectal Haemorrhage (bleeding from anus)Suicidal Ideation

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Related topic: Bipolar, Depakote Er, Lithium Carbonate

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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.

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