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Brand name: Lithicarb

Lithicarb is a medicine containing the active ingredient(s) lithium carbonate. On this page you will find out more about Lithicarb, including side effects, age restrictions, food interactions and whether the medicine is subsidised by the government on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS)

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Active ingredient in this medicine: lithium carbonate

Information for medicine and pack size:
Lithicarb 250 mg film-coated tablet, 1000

Consumer Medicine Information leaflet:

This leaflet may also be found inside the medicine package. It contains information on side effects, age restrictions and other useful data.

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What this medicine is for

Mania, both as treatment and prophylaxis; manic depressive (bipolar) illness, both as treatment and as prophylaxis; it is less effective in depressive swings. In recurrent endogenous (unipolar) depressive illness, it is highly effective as prophylaxis in a number of cases, and is probably useful as treatment, especially if there is a family history of manic depressive illness and response to lithium. In some cases of schizoaffective illness and so called chronic schizophrenia it is dramatically effective. Those in the latter category who do respond have frequently had affective symptoms at some time. It is used in character or personality disorders in young people with clear evidence of cyclothymia. Lithium should not be prescribed until it is certain that the manic depressive swings are established and the course of the disease certain. If the patient has two affective swings in one year, perhaps in opposite directions, and associated with a positive family history, it should certainly be seriously considered. With three episodes in two years, there is no doubt it should be given. As a general rule, it should be prescribed, and therapeutic response assessed, satisfactory maintenance dosage determined, side and toxic effects and associated precautions discussed with the patient and relatives, and blood levels monitored, only under specialist supervision except perhaps in isolated areas. A major management problem also is that there are relatively narrow distances between the therapeutic and toxic dosages and blood levels. For these reasons treatment is preferably commenced on an inpatient basis, so that the patient is under appropriate observation.

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance White to off-white oval-shaped bevel edged film coated tablets with breakline on one side and plain on the other side.

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Dosage Form Tablet, film coated
Route of administration Oral
Medicine schedule
100: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
1000: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
200 tablets: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Bottle
Storage temperature Store below 30 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions No information available
Life time 2 Years
We were unable to verify that this medicine is available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme). Please consult your pharmacist if you need further information

The PBS provides a list of government subsidised medicines available to be dispensed to patients. Further information can be found on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme website.

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