Posted by Ritch on March 21, 2003, at 20:04:58
In reply to Re: Lithobid - what is lithane?, posted by cybercafe on March 21, 2003, at 16:26:48
> > Barbara,
> > > Lithobid is the timed release form, isn't it? I'm wondering if you ever took standard lithium and noticed any difference with Lithobid. -
> > Yes, Lithobid is slow-release. It is the only type and brand of lithium that I have taken. From what I have read, side effects are greatly reduced with the slow-release formulation.
> > -- Ron
> hmm i thought lithane was the slow release form... anyone know what the difference is?
Lithane was the first lithium carbonate product I was placed on. It is definitely an immediate relase product. They were light green and chalky tablets from what I remember. I had to swallow them down with water quite quickly or YUCK. Lithobid (300mg) is the slow-release stuff with some added sodium chloride. Eskalith CR is a coated-release version (450mg), and Lithonate is an immediate release version that is in a capsule instead of a tablet (those are the cheapest and easiest to get down the hatch).