What meds are good for bipolar I disorder?

Many. This is a very complex disorder that is treated with a very broad array of meds.I am "old school" and often use lithium as the basis and add atypical's like seroquel (quetiapine). You really need to have a dr following closely to manage this difficult illness.I hope you are getting treatment.
Mood stabilizer. Lithium, depakote, trileptal, and tegretol are classic mood stabilizers. Atypical antipsychotics seroquel and Abilify (aripiprazole) may also be used. Antidepressants are commonly used, but only with a mood stabilizer on board. Many other options. Every medication has side effects and you should work closely with a psychiatrist who knows you well. Most important thing is acceptance and understanding of disorder.

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What is the definition or description of: bipolar I disorder?

Bipolar 1. Is a mood disorder characterized by at least 1 manic or mixed episode, with history of 1 or more major depressive episode. It is a type of manic depression. It is not accounted for by schizoaffective disorder or superimposed on schizophrenic disorder, delusional disorder, or other psychotic disorders, or relates to medical illnesses or substances or toxins/medications. Read more...
Mood Disorder. Bipolar i disorder, classically and historically referred to as manic-depression. It is characterized by a manic episode of certain duration accompanied by racing thoughts, sleeplessness, excess energy, increased impulsiveness or irritability, taking on multple projects, and similar symptoms. A prior depressive episode is required. Bipolar ii involves shorter duration of manic symptoms. Read more...
Bipolar. Bipolar I and bipolar II, In the first, manic phases are more severe, and in the second, depressive phases are more severe. There is also cyclothymia which is a low grade version of bipolar disorder in general, where mood swings are not as severe in either direction, manic or depressive. Read more...

Which tests are available for schizoaffective bipolar I disorder?

Clinical Diagnosis. There's no test that diagnoses your condition. The key to diagnosis is a good psychiatric evaluation that considers all possible explanations for your symptoms. Sometimes psychological testing can help support a diagnosis, but the diagnosis is always on the basis of clinical judgment. Read more...
Tests? no Help? yes! Have you been diagnosed? Mostly, this fairly rare diagnosis is made by listening to the persons description. Talk with the doctor about how they came to this conclusion and your thoughts/feelings about it. Many, if not most mental/emotional disorders are lacking objective, biologically based definitive tests. It makes it hard for you and the doctor - so work together on both diagnosis & treatment. Read more...
Eval. Schizoaffective DO and/or bipolar DO can be evaluated for by a seasoned psychiatrist. There's no real testing involved. Read more...

Could you tell me if someone's dad has bipolar I disorder, can his child inherit it to a lesser extent?

Possibly. Bipolar disorder runs in families but there is no need to worry because it is not one hundred percent. You have to make sure that the person is aware of a slightly higher risk and intervenes early if some of the symptoms appear. Read more...

As teen, is lithium a safe treatment for bipolar I disorder?

Lithium. One of oldest mood stabilizers, is well studied & results documents. Is safe if lithium blood levels are closely monitored, along with routine checks on blood count, electrolytes & heart & kidney functions. Read more...
Yes, but an OD risk. Lithium is one of, if not the most effective med treatment for bipolar disorder. It is however a medication that can be easily overdosed and therefore when using in teens, this should be taken into account. Read more...
Another caveat. One addition to the thoughtful answers here is that lithium does take a toll on your body over the years. Frequent targets are the kidneys and the thyroid system. On the flip side, many on lithium are symptom free for decades. As stated, these trade-offs should be discussed with the prescribing psychiatrist. Read more...
Lithium. As stated above, close monitoring is essential, with blood levels. Read more...

Will Vyvanse's mood destabilizing effects (bipolar I disorder) be reduced over time at a constant dosage (30mg)? Taking 30mg Abilify (aripiprazole) to compensate.

Monitor Carefully. Stimulants like Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) can be very helpful in patients with mood disorders and ADHD, but they can also be highly variable in their effect--in other words, time will tell for you, and you alone, how effective this will be. If possible try and include as many people as you can in your "circle of trust" to help monitor your progress. Read more...

Can abruptly discontinuing Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) cause a mixed state in bipolar patients? I have Bipolar I Disorder and ADHD. I quit Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) for the summer break

Absolutely. Using stimulants in people with Bipolar Disorder requires extra care and monitoring. Sudden changes starting or stopping can make moods swing wildly in either direction. This is one group of patients that should continue meds or if want a break in summer, wean off over a week or two and only if on a mood stabilizing medication. Read more...
Probably not but ... It is likely not to be a problem but the wisest thing would be to discontinue the adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) slowly and note the effect of doing so. I strongly advise patient with bipolar I disorder to only change meds with medical supervision since the consequences of things going badly can be so great. Read more...

I have bipolar disorder. I am taking hydroxizine 50mg as needed. It is good, but I need a more effective drug for anxiety?

Anxiety and Bipolar. I am wondering what mood stabilizer you're taking for your bipolar disorder, because none is listed in your medications. I see you're taking wellbutrin, (bupropion) which in itself causes anxiety in some people and could expose you to the risk of hypomania or mania. Please talk with your psychiatrist about this -- you may be leaving out some of your medications, or they may need to be re-evaluated. Read more...
No FDA approved med. Although there is no fda approved medication to treat anxiety associated with bipolar disorder consideration could be given to gabapentin, quetiapine, cautiously benzodiazepines due to risk of dependence and cautiously antidepressants due to risk of inducing mania. Read more...

Bipolar 1 disorder, my 17 yr old babygirl....I need more help 2 help her! Was recently put on lamactil, is that a good med? She had bad reactions 2 a

Difficult situation. I'm sorry to hear of your difficult situation with your daughter's illness - it's so hard for a parent to see a child suffer. Lamictal is both an anticonvulsant and mood stabilizer, and can work well. Here's a brief video about it: http://www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=caztmgupul0 please talk with her psychiatrist about your needing more help -- most psychiatrists want to give the best care possible. Read more...