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how are are the medications for bipolar disorder?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
Bipolar: Mood stabilizers such as lithium, lamictal, depakote, tegretol. Also psychotropics such as abilify, seroquel, risperdal, geodon (ziprasidone). Also antidepressants cautiously for depressed phases. Also anti-anxiety medications such as Ativan for agitation.
Answered on May 30, 2015
Dr. Kevin Passer
34 years experience Child Psychiatry
They're Effective: There are two main classes of drugs used to treat bipolar d/o-the mood stabilizers & the anti-psychotics. Older drugs are called a 1st generation antipsychotics. The newer, 2nd generation antipsychotics tend to have fewer side-effects, especially for a condition called: tardive dyskinesia. There are few differences in effectiveness between the 1st and 2nd generations. Some folks need combinations.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
Bipolar Medications: Mood stabilizers, as referred to in my previous response are the main ones for mood cycling. Antipsychotics are for manic phase with psychotic symptoms or the depressed phase with psychoses. Antidepressants are used cautiously in severe depressed phases, and sedating agents are used for aggression or agitation.
Answered on May 8, 2016
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Dr. Andrew Berry
13 years experience Clinical Psychology
Mood stabilizers: Mood stabilizers are used to treat bipolar disorder. Lithium and depakote would be two examples of mood stabilizers but there are others, depending on symptoms, and depending on what works for the patient.
Answered on May 3, 2015

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