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Which medicines are used to treat bipolar disorder?

Which medicines are used to treat bipolar disorder?

Bipolar D/O Tx: Meds fall into classes of mood stabilizers (Lithium​/ anticonvulsants like valproic acid, divalproex or lamotrigine) & atypical antipsychotics (Quetiapine, aripiprazole, olanzapine or risperidone). Other tx: psychoeducation, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychotherapy & family or group therapy. Refractory cases- Transcranial magnetic stimulation or electroconvulsive therapy. ...Read more

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What medications are used to treat bipolar syndrome?

What medications are used to treat bipolar syndrome?

Bipolar disorder Tx: Meds fall into classes of mood stabilizers (Lithium​/ anticonvulsants like valproic acid, divalproex or lamotrigine) & atypical antipsychotics (Quetiapine, aripiprazole, olanzapine or risperidone). ...Read more

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What are some specific medications commonly used to treat bipolar disorder?

What are some specific medications commonly used to treat bipolar disorder?

Lithium bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate): Lithium, a mood stabilizer, is one of the most common medications used to treat bipolar disorder. Anticonvulsant meds for seizures, like Lamictal and depakote, are also frequently used. Additional medications also include atypical antipsychotics and antidepressants. ...Read more

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Do the antipsychotics used to treat bipolar also help the hallucinations?

Do the antipsychotics used to treat bipolar also help the hallucinations?

Yes: Hallucinations in bipolar disease respond very nicely to neuroleptic (antipsychotic) medications. ...Read more

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Can transcranial magnetic stimulation be used to treat bipolar disorder type 1?

Can transcranial magnetic stimulation be used to treat bipolar disorder type 1?

Depression: It has been shown to be effective in unipolar depression. However, studies are underway to establish it's efficacy in bipolar disorder: https://www. Musc. Edu/broadcast/show/33352

it would not be used to treat manic symptoms but may be helpful in depression. ...Read more

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What medications are used to treat bipolar depression?

What medications are used to treat bipolar depression?

Bipolar D/O tx: Meds fall into classes of mood stabilizers (Lithium​/ anticonvulsants like valproic acid, divalproex or lamotrigine) & atypical antipsychotics (Quetiapine, aripiprazole, olanzapine or risperidone). Other tx: psychoeducation, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychotherapy & family or group therapy. Refractory cases- Transcranial magnetic stimulation or electroconvulsive therapy. ...Read more

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What medications are used to treat bipolar depression?

What medications are used to treat bipolar depression?

Bipolar disorder Tx: Meds fall into classes of mood stabilizers (Lithium​/ anticonvulsants like valproic acid, divalproex or lamotrigine) & atypical antipsychotics (Quetiapine, aripiprazole, olanzapine or risperidone). Other tx: psychoeducation, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychotherapy & family or group therapy. Refractory cases- Transcranial magnetic stimulation or electroconvulsive therapy. ...Read more

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Please answer! What medication is used to treat bipolar depression?

Many: Bipolar disorder requires mood stabilizing medications such as lithium, depakote, tegretol, lamictal, etc. Sometimes antipsychotics like seroquel, risperdal, and zyprexa are used also, especially when the person is paranoid, delusional, or hallucinating. Latuda (lurasidone) also has an fda indication on its own for bipolar depression. Psychiatrists try to stay away from antidepressants in such cases. ...Read more

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What is the pharmacological mechanism of action of lithium carbonate when used to treat bipolar disorder?

What is the pharmacological mechanism of action of lithium carbonate when used to treat bipolar disorder?

Unknown: The exact mechanism is not fully understood. It effects sodium transport in nerve cells and may have effects on several neurotransmitters, most notably glutamate and serotonin. It is the most effective agent for mood stability, but may have effects on thyroid and kidneys after many years of continuous use. ...Read more

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How often is lithium used today, to treat bipolar 1? Is it more effective in stabilization than depakote or others that are similar?

How often is lithium used today, to treat bipolar 1? Is it more effective in stabilization than depakote or others that are similar?

Quite often: Lithium is one of the most effective mood stabilizers working for both sides of BD, decreasing SI. It is also has several serious side effects to consider. Please discuss the SE and BENEFITS with your doc. ...Read more

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I have almost exhausted the list of medications which are used to treat unipolar/bipolar depression. If none of them help, then what? Give up?

I have almost exhausted the list of medications which are used to treat unipolar/bipolar depression. If none of them help, then what? Give up?

DEPRESSION: Research has shown that there is a much better outcome to relieve depression if you have Psychotherapy in addition to your medication. Please consult with a Clinical Psychologist. ...Read more

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Is bipolar treatable? Does the treatment make bipolar worse?

Is bipolar treatable? Does the treatment make bipolar worse?

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. ...Read more

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How do you treat bipolar?

Treatment: Bipolar disorder is usually treated with combination therapy to include family therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and medications such as atypical antipsychotics, mood stabilizers or antidepressants. Inpatient hospitalization is sometimes necessary. ...Read more

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What medications help treat bipolar?

What medications help treat bipolar?

Bipolar disorder Tx: Meds fall into classes of mood stabilizers (Lithium​/ anticonvulsants like valproic acid, divalproex or lamotrigine) & atypical antipsychotics (Quetiapine, aripiprazole, olanzapine or risperidone). ...Read more

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What medications help treat bipolar?

What medications help treat bipolar?

Bipolar disorder Tx: Meds fall into classes of mood stabilizers (Lithium​/ anticonvulsants like valproic acid, divalproex or lamotrigine) & atypical antipsychotics (Quetiapine, aripiprazole, olanzapine or risperidone). ...Read more

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What can I do to treat bipolar disorder?

What can I do to treat bipolar disorder?

See a psychiatrist: Meds: mood stabilizers, antipsychotics. Antidepressants, anxiolytics. Therapy, bring along family spouse friends. Support groups. Books etc. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat bipolar disorder?

What is the best way to treat bipolar disorder?

See a doctor: Treatment of many psychiatric disorders may be individualized, that is what is best for one person might not be the best choice for another. People may respond differently to the same medication. So it's best to talk this over with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how is bipolar disorder treated?

Can you tell me how is bipolar disorder treated?

Psychotropic meds: May include mood stabilizers and atypical antipsychotics. There are numerous non-medication approaches as well (to include psychotherapy, cbt, family therapy, group therapy etc.). ...Read more

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Would lithium be enough to treat my bipolar disorder?

Would lithium be enough to treat my bipolar disorder?

Quite possibly: Lithium is among the most effective treatments for bipolar disorder. It can treat and prevent mania. It can treat and prevent depression. It is one of the the few drugs that has been repeatedly shown to reduce suicide risk.
It is often sufficient, by itself, to treat bipolar disorder. ...Read more

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What happens after you get treated for bipolar disorder?

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Bipolar: Hopefully once stabilized, u would live healthy life. ...Read more

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How can I get someone to get treated for bipolar disease?

How can I get someone to get treated for bipolar disease?

Encouragement: You can't force anyone into treatment unless they are a danger to themselves or others. It is best to encourage them to get treatment. Www. Nami. Org is a good support organization for mental illness. They have groups in about every state. Perhaps going to a meeting together and getting more education and treatment options may help. ...Read more

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What are some other ways to treat symptoms of bipolar disorder?

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What are some other ways to treat symptoms of bipolar disorder?

Bipolar Tx: Mood stabilizers are the cornerstone of tx. Also, antidepressants used cautiously in the depressed phase, as well as cautious use of anxiolytics for agitation, along with antipsychotics for disturbed thought patterns. There is also important role of psychotherapy, family therapy & group counseling. Cases resistent to the above tx, have been referred for ect. ...Read more

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What is one of the best medication to treat type 1 bipolar disorder?

What is one of the best medication to treat type 1 bipolar disorder?

That depends: If the person is acutely manic than an atypical antipsychotic may be a good choice. Mood stabilizers are helpful for long term treatment. Different people respond better to one drug than another. It is very individual. Many of my patients are happy with Lamictal as well as abilify (aripiprazole). But that doesn't mean they are the best. ...Read more

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What are moderate rapid cycling bipolar symptoms? How are these treated?

This is a fancy way: Of saying that your moods swing rapidly and more intensely than normal mood swings. Medication for bipolar disorder can help along with psychotherapy. This form of bipolar is easier to manage than bipolar I, but requires medication management and psychotherapy as well. ...Read more

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How to treat bipolar?

Bipolar treatment: There are many ways to treat bipolar disorder, including with therapy, a healthy lifestyle, and medications. Regarding the latter, mood stabilizers are the treatment of choice. These include medications like lithium, depakote, lamictal, trileptal, and tegretol, to name some. Antipsychotics such as abilify, zyprexa, risperdal, geodon, seroquel, latuda, invega, and saphris (asenapine) are also commonly used. ...Read more

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How to treat rapid cycling bipolar?

How to treat rapid cycling bipolar?

Seek treatment: Talk to your doctor! mood disorder tx incl. Medication, psychotherapy (interpersonal & cognitive-behavioral). Monitoring signs & cues for manic/hypomanic episodes are key. Other medical problems need to be ruled out. Helpful behaviors are exercise, sleep hygiene, mindfulness activities, social support, spiritual connections, meaningful life purpose. If suicidal, emergency tx is needed. Seek help! ...Read more

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