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Review: could Lithium carbonate cause Interstitial lung disease?

Summary: Interstitial lung disease could be caused by Lithium carbonate, especially for people who are female, 30-39 old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take Tegretol, and have Bipolar disorder.

We study 14,693 people who have side effects while taking Lithium carbonate from FDA and social media. Among them, 12 have Interstitial lung disease. Find out below who they are, when they have Interstitial lung disease and more.

On Apr, 12, 2014: 14,693 people reported to have side effects when taking Lithium carbonate. Among them, 12 people (0.08%) have Interstitial Lung Disease. They amount to 0.01% of all the 116,694 people who have Interstitial Lung Disease on eHealthMe.

Trend of Interstitial lung disease in Lithium carbonate reports

Time on Lithium carbonate when people have Interstitial lung disease * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Interstitial lung disease100.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%

Gender of people who have Interstitial lung disease when taking Lithium carbonate * :

FemaleMale
Interstitial lung disease61.54%38.46%

Age of people who have Interstitial lung disease when taking Lithium carbonate * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Interstitial lung disease0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%33.33%22.22%11.11%33.33%

Severity of Interstitial lung disease when taking Lithium carbonate ** :

n/a

How people recovered from Interstitial lung disease ** :

n/a

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Bipolar disorder (5 people, 41.67%)
  2. Epilepsy (4 people, 33.33%)
  3. Pyrexia (4 people, 33.33%)
  4. Cholecystitis (4 people, 33.33%)
  5. Bipolar i disorder (4 people, 33.33%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Tegretol (5 people, 41.67%)
  2. Nitrazepam (4 people, 33.33%)
  3. Doribax (4 people, 33.33%)
  4. Clarithromycin (4 people, 33.33%)
  5. Biaxin (3 people, 25.00%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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