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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 1,817 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 (latest outcomes from 16,021 users) has active ingredients of lithium carbonate. It is often used in bipolar disorder.

Lamictal (latest outcomes from 40,519 users) has active ingredients of lamotrigine. It is often used in bipolar disorder.

On Sep, 25, 2014: 1,817 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)
53.85%
(28 of 52 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)
47.67%
(41 of 86 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 IdeationNauseaBone PainDepressionRash
RashRashHypogammaglobulinaemiaSuicide AttemptHeadacheDepressionAnxietyPyrexia
Drug EruptionC-reactive Protein IncreasedAnxietyOverdoseDeliriumMalnutritionStressNausea
Stevens-johnson SyndromeDrug EruptionDiplopiaHypothyroidismInflammationWeight GainOsteonecrosisDepression
Alanine Aminotransferase IncreasedNauseaDrug IneffectiveAnaemiaHysterectomyRenal DisorderHypokalaemiaWeight Increased
Aspartate Aminotransferase IncreasedDrug Rash With Eosinophilia And Systemic SymptomsVision BlurredType 2 Diabetes MellitusType 2 Diabetes MellitusRenal FailureOsteopeniaVomiting
Rash GeneralisedAspartate Aminotransferase IncreasedMuscle SpasmsDiabetes MellitusGastric UlcerTooth LossPelvic PainAnxiety
ErythemaAlanine Aminotransferase IncreasedTremorPyrexiaManiaTooth ExtractionUpper Respiratory Tract InfectionInsomnia
C-reactive Protein IncreasedBlood Lactate Dehydrogenase IncreasedPain In ExtremityRashBacterial InfectionTooth DisorderFallMania
Blood Lactate Dehydrogenase IncreasedManiaRash GeneralisedDepressionChillsAnxietyBlood Potassium DecreasedHeadache

Drug effectiveness by gender :

FemaleMale
Lithium Carbonate is effective48.08%
(75 of 156 people)
51.16%
(44 of 86 people)
Lamictal is effective44.81%
(69 of 154 people)
43.82%
(39 of 89 people)

Most common drug interactions by gender * :

FemaleMale
RashPyrexia
NauseaRash
PyrexiaNausea
DepressionVomiting
AnxietyPruritus
Weight IncreasedFatigue
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)
43.18%
(38 of 88 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)
29.17%
(28 of 96 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
AngerAkathisiaAnxietyTremorManiaAnxietyWhite Blood Cell Count Increased
AgitationManiaNauseaRashInsomniaWeight 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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Comments from related studies:

  • From this study (3 weeks ago):

  • Kevin Peters Ph.d on Mar, 4, 2013:

    Sammy, I'm a white 45 male; just wanted to agree on that Klonopin remark. When I was 21 I had my second kidney transplant which was a BAD issue all together, at any rate the hospital did not include my medications taken at home after my surgery. I went thru the worst hallucinations and jerking and seizures you could ever possibly imagine. This went on for almost 3 1/2 weeks before we decided to have me taken OUT of the hospital and relocated before they ended up taking my life. Then the whole staff of paychology including the chief of psychiatry cane in my room to see what they could do, Finallu. During one of my few moments of clarity the C.O.F after blaming me if talking "drugs" prior to my transplant listened to my word of telling him the meds I was on before being admitted. After asking when was the last time I had received my Klonopin and me not knowing, he then reviewed the charts, and didn't see me receiving this med once. He stormed out of the room of about 9 docs and came back in with two Klonopin; for the first time in almost 4 weeks and after three surgeries the first 72 hours I was hospitalized, I was sleeping like a baby, for about 49 hours with NO MORE hallucinations, or seizures or jerking! I finally got out of there without a kidney since that kidney was supposed to go to another man named the same as I in a different city! I do take Xanax and probably always will. The half life on Klonopin is much different hence one if its dangers, Nevwr Ever stop this drug cold! I've been on dialysis 25 1/2 years now and suffered from intense skin cancers, but have fought and done all I can do to live a normal as possible life, working full time except when I'm in yet another surgery, over 32 general anesthetic procedures since 1987. I was the youngest boy-man to ever be on the USA soccer team ready to play in the Korea 1988 Olympics. What a change in life.....
    All the Best,
    K. Peters

    Reply

    chris on Jun, 4, 2011:

    i have been taking clonzepam and trazedone and my speech is a very hoarse voice, I am wondering if if my speech problem is from these drugs's side effects.

    Reply

    TwoDimes on Apr, 15, 2012:

    Upon occasion, I, too, have become hoarse and from the use of Klonopin. I was VERY hoarse when I tried to cold turkey off of 4mgs of Klonopin. I am now down to 1.5mgs per day and, still, (as I said, upon occasion, I become hoarse. I am sure that the use of Klonopin is the causative factor. - TwoDimes -

    Reply

    SammySushi on Jul, 10, 2012:

    Omigosh, never cold turkey clonopin, esp that high of a dose. My dad had a major seizure and hallucinations doing so.

    Reply

    Christophe on Nov, 13, 2012:

    Hello,
    I suffer from Hypothyroidism, High Cholesterol & Cancer survivor because of Zyprexa use and previously being prescribed Carbamezapine causing Thyroid damage. My best advice to you if you don't want Hypothyroidism is have regular blood tests, Thyroid damage can be undetected for up to 5 years with no symptoms found on regular blood tests prematurally. Make sure you buy iodised salt to use on food when eating this will help reduce your risk of getting Hypothyroidism. two signs of Hypothyriodism which the Carbamezapine & Zyprexa medication boxes labels wont tell you is if your face becomes puffed up, red or sun sensitive while taking these medications this is a sign of Hypothyroidism. It wont be found on your blood test but later on it could appear out of the blue. The other sign to look for is baldness or hair loss on your head, this is another symptom. I hope these comments will help you. You have to weight up the benefits and negatives taking medications if you decide to take these medicines or not. It depends on how you cope with the drug side effects.
    from Christophe

    Reply

    AUDREY on Dec, 16, 2012:

    STARTED TAKING DILTIAZEM 60 MG AND I AM VERY CONSTIPATED. 70 YEARS OLD, HEART SURGERY A FAST HEART RATE....

    Reply

    Sonya on Feb, 24, 2013:

    You definately need to take a stool softener...straining during defication can cause major problems in people with cardiac problems.

    Reply

    Stillaguamish on Sep, 6, 2014:

    My heart breaks for you and I'm so sorry you had to go through all that. I recently had two surgeries and was outraged at hospital treatment. I had to demand my regular meds and when they gave in, they only gave me 3 of 6

    Reply

  • From this study (7 months ago):

  • Seems like it is resistant to medications and it is recurring and seems like treatment just makes it more worse.

    Reply

  • From this study (9 months ago):

  • I was bit by a tick in 1998.
    Have had a difficult time being taken seriously.
    Any information is welcomed.

    Reply

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