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Review: Lithium Carbonate and Lamictal

This review analyzes the effectiveness and drug interactions between Lithium Carbonate and Lamictal. It is created by eHealthMe based on reports of 1,816 people who take the same drugs from FDA and social media, and is updated regularly.

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What are the drugs

Lithium carbonate (what 16,007 Lithium Carbonate users reported?) has active ingredients of lithium carbonate. It is used in bipolar disorder.

Lamictal (what 40,499 Lamictal users reported?) has active ingredients of lamotrigine. It is used in bipolar disorder.

On Aug, 18, 2014: 1,816 people who take Lithium Carbonate, Lamictal are studied

Lithium Carbonate, Lamictal outcomes

Drug combinations in study:
- Lithium Carbonate (lithium carbonate)
- Lamictal (lamotrigine)

Drug effectiveness over time :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ yearsnot specified
Lithium Carbonate is effective41.67%
(5 of 12 people)
37.50%
(12 of 32 people)
29.63%
(8 of 27 people)
42.31%
(11 of 26 people)
54.90%
(28 of 51 people)
56.10%
(23 of 41 people)
63.46%
(33 of 52 people)
0.00%
(0 of 1 people)
Lamictal is effective10.00%
(1 of 10 people)
22.22%
(4 of 18 people)
47.83%
(11 of 23 people)
45.45%
(15 of 33 people)
48.24%
(41 of 85 people)
50.00%
(27 of 54 people)
55.56%
(10 of 18 people)
0.00%
(0 of 1 people)

Most common drug interactions over time * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ yearsnot specified
PyrexiaPyrexiaRestlessnessSuicidal IdeationDeliriumBone PainDepressionRash
RashRashHypogammaglobulinaemiaSuicide AttemptHeadacheDepressionAnxietyPyrexia
Drug EruptionC-reactive Protein IncreasedAnxietyOverdoseNauseaMalnutritionStressNausea
Stevens-johnson SyndromeDrug EruptionDiplopiaHypothyroidismInflammationWeight GainOsteonecrosisDepression
Alanine Aminotransferase IncreasedNauseaDrug IneffectiveAnaemiaHysterectomyRenal DisorderHypokalaemiaWeight Increased
Aspartate Aminotransferase IncreasedDrug Rash With Eosinophilia And Systemic SymptomsVision BlurredType 2 Diabetes MellitusSedationRenal FailureOsteopeniaVomiting
Rash GeneralisedAspartate Aminotransferase IncreasedMuscle SpasmsDiabetes MellitusManiaTooth LossPelvic PainAnxiety
ErythemaAlanine Aminotransferase IncreasedTremorPyrexiaGastric UlcerTooth ExtractionUpper Respiratory Tract InfectionInsomnia
C-reactive Protein IncreasedBlood Lactate Dehydrogenase IncreasedPain In ExtremityRashType 2 Diabetes MellitusTooth DisorderFallMania
Blood Lactate Dehydrogenase IncreasedManiaRash GeneralisedDepressionBacterial InfectionAnxietyBlood Potassium DecreasedHeadache

Drug effectiveness by gender :

FemaleMale
Lithium Carbonate is effective48.08%
(75 of 156 people)
51.76%
(44 of 85 people)
Lamictal is effective44.81%
(69 of 154 people)
44.32%
(39 of 88 people)

Most common drug interactions by gender * :

FemaleMale
RashPyrexia
NauseaRash
PyrexiaNausea
DepressionVomiting
AnxietyFatigue
Weight IncreasedPruritus
DiarrhoeaWeight Increased
HeadacheDepression
InsomniaInsomnia
Drug EruptionStevens-johnson Syndrome

Drug effectiveness by age :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Lithium Carbonate is effectiven/an/a31.25%
(5 of 16 people)
30.65%
(19 of 62 people)
44.19%
(38 of 86 people)
26.80%
(26 of 97 people)
19.80%
(20 of 101 people)
29.73%
(11 of 37 people)
Lamictal is effectiven/an/a41.18%
(7 of 17 people)
33.90%
(20 of 59 people)
29.79%
(28 of 94 people)
26.92%
(28 of 104 people)
17.35%
(17 of 98 people)
29.03%
(9 of 31 people)

Most common drug interactions by age * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
SwellingParanoiaRashRashNauseaRashPyrexiaRash
Weight IncreasedAggressionWeight IncreasedPyrexiaVomitingDepressionRashPyrexia
Ill-defined DisorderHallucination, AuditorySuicidal IdeationStevens-johnson SyndromeDiarrhoeaNauseaDepressionFall
AnorexiaSuicidal IdeationPyrexiaPruritusAnxietyPyrexiaHeadacheStevens-johnson Syndrome
ParaesthesiaWeight IncreasedDepressionDrug EruptionPyrexiaWeight IncreasedDizzinessDepression
AmnesiaAbnormal Behaviour NosBipolar DisorderSuicidal IdeationInsomniaDiabetes MellitusTremorErythema
AngerAkathisiaAnxietyRashManiaAnxietyWhite Blood Cell Count Increased
AgitationManiaNauseaTremorInsomniaWeight IncreasedC-reactive Protein Increased
Educational ProblemHeadacheMalaiseAbdominal PainType 2 Diabetes MellitusSuicidal IdeationAnxiety
HostilityAggressionWeight IncreasedType 2 Diabetes MellitusSpeech DisorderInsomniaDrug Eruption

* Some reports may have incomplete information.

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    donnajmm on Nov, 2, 2013:

    I am a 58 yr old woman living in the Midwest. I have Bipolar 1 and was diagnosed 13 years ago. (I had been treated for 12 year for misdiagnosed depression)

    The medications I take are Lithium, Lorazepam(Ativan) and Lamotrigine(Lamictal). I have had terrible tremors for many years. I always blamed the Lithium but the doctor lowered it to 300 mg and I was no better. Finally, he lowered the Lamotrigine(Lamictal) and the tremors are reducing. Happy about that. Please note that Lamictal can cause tremors. It's in the literature.

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On eHealthMe, Lithium Carbonate (lithium carbonate) is often used to treat bipolar disorder. Lamictal (lamotrigine) 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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