Review: could Lithium Carbonate cause Akathisia?


Akathisia is found among people who take Lithium Carbonate, especially for people who are female, 40-49 old , have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take medication Olanzapine, and have Depression . We study 15,179 people who have side effects while taking Lithium carbonate from FDA and social media. Among them, 115 have Akathisia. Find out below who they are, when they have Akathisia and more.

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Lithium Carbonate

Lithium carbonate has active ingredients of lithium carbonate. It is often used in bipolar disorder. (latest outcomes from Lithium carbonate 16,506 users)


Akathisia (a movement disorder characterized by a feeling of inner restlessness) has been reported by people with suicidal ideation, confusional state, insomnia, paranoia, high blood pressure (latest reports from 6,447 Akathisia patients).

On Aug, 25, 2016

15,179 people reported to have side effects when taking Lithium Carbonate.
Among them, 115 people (0.76%) have Akathisia

Number of reports submitted per year:

Could Lithium carbonate cause Akathisia?

Time on Lithium Carbonate when people have Akathisia *:

  • < 1 month: 23.08 %
  • 1 - 6 months: 0.0 %
  • 6 - 12 months: 15.38 %
  • 1 - 2 years: 15.38 %
  • 2 - 5 years: 23.08 %
  • 5 - 10 years: 0.0 %
  • 10+ years: 23.08 %

Gender of people who have Akathisia when taking Lithium Carbonate *:

  • female: 60.53 %
  • male: 39.47 %

Age of people who have Akathisia when taking Lithium Carbonate *:

  • 0-1: 0.0 %
  • 2-9: 2.06 %
  • 10-19: 9.28 %
  • 20-29: 22.68 %
  • 30-39: 21.65 %
  • 40-49: 23.71 %
  • 50-59: 11.34 %
  • 60+: 9.28 %

Severity if Akathisia when taking Lithium Carbonate **:

  • least: 0.0 %
  • moderate: 20 %
  • severe: 80 %
  • most severe: 0.0 %

How people recovered from Akathisia **:

  • while on drug: 0.0 %
  • after off the drug: 0.0 %
  • not yet: 100 %

Top conditions involved for these people *:

  • Depression (16 people)
  • Bipolar Disorder (14 people)
  • Schizophrenia (9 people)
  • Psychotic Disorder (9 people)
  • Bipolar I Disorder (9 people)

Top co-used drugs for these people *:

  • Olanzapine (17 people)
  • Seroquel (16 people)
  • Zyprexa (14 people)
  • Abilify (14 people)
  • Clonazepam (12 people)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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