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Old 12-11-2006, 01:39 PM   #1
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What's the deal with the price of Lithobid?

Does anyone know why the price of non-generic Lithobid has gone up so much in just the last year? For about 7 years, I had been paying around $80.00 for 180 of the 300 mg tablets. In just the last year, that price has increased from $80.00 to around $200.00 for the same amount. I'm baffled and very upset. I feel we, the consumers, are being taken advantage of. Does anyone have any thoughts/ideas about why this increase has happened? Since I've taken the non-generic Lithobid for about 7 years with good results, I'd rather not switch to the generic unless I absolutely have to.


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Old 12-11-2006, 05:58 PM   #2
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Re: What's the deal with the price of Lithobid?

I don't have an answer for you as far as that particular medication, but I can tell you that Lamictal is even MORE expensive, if you can believe that! I had a refill last month and it was almost $300 for 30 days worth of 60, 100mg pills! I've got insurance thank God, but with the new year coming and a deductible, I am worried about being able to get a refill until I get my student loan. I am going to have to beg the doc to call in my prescription early before I'm out so that I can get it refilled before the new year. It's awful how those drug companies rip us off.

Old 12-11-2006, 07:20 PM   #3
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Re: What's the deal with the price of Lithobid?

Interesting.. Was the price of your meds always $300, or has it gone up in price recently?

Old 12-12-2006, 08:24 AM   #4
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Re: What's the deal with the price of Lithobid?

Well, I've only been on the meds for about 2 1/2 months, so I have no point of reference from which to compare prices. I'm sure it's always been expensive. I've never heard of your medication. Do you have insurance? If not, try contacting the pharmaceutical (sp?) company directly and ask them about the price increase. I do know that some companies have a program for people who cannot afford the medication. I actually had some health problems a couple of years ago and needed medical intervention which included a combination of medications that cost $1200 a month, and I had to take it for almost a year. (It was similar to chemotherapy). I contacted the company directly and got the medication for free for 7 months. That may be an option to try if you can't afford the medication anymore. Usually for expensive medications such as these, the company typically has a program like this. Or, you could search to see if a hospital near you is sponsoring a study of this medication. If you participate, you can get the medicaiton for free. However, sometimes you are given a placebo. However, you could look for one that is specifically comparing medications, such as Lithium vs. your medication to see which one works better.

Hope that helps.

Old 12-12-2006, 10:57 AM   #5
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Re: What's the deal with the price of Lithobid?

bobn4apples :

Lithobid is a Brand Name for Lithium Carbonate. Other Brand Names for Lithium Catbonate are : Eskalith; Eskalith-Cr; Lithane; Lithonate; Lithotabs.Ask your pdoc if you and use Lithium Carbonate (generic name).
If so he can give you a perscribtion for Lithium Carbonate.

You can get 180 capules of Litium Carbonate for $ 12.38


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