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Bipolar Disorder Treatment: Medicine


The primary treatment is with medicines called mood stabilizers. There are many different types and combinations of medicines, which must be tailored by your doctor to target your symptoms.


Effect of Lithium on Bipolar Disorder

the oldest and most effective mood stabilizer, often used as initial treatment for bipolar disorder. It helps prevent both manic and depressive episodes from returning.

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Effect of Antiseizure Medicines on Bipolar Disorder

Antiseizure medicines are also used as mood stabilizers instead or in combination with lithium to treat bipolar disorder. Some examples include: Depakote (Valproate)—one of the most effective...

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Effect of Benzodiazepines on Bipolar Disorder

Since agitation and insomnia can be symptoms of biopolar/manic depressive disorder, benzodiazepines can be useful in helping to treat those symptoms. Some common types of benzodiazepines used for...

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Effect of Zolpidem on Bipolar Disorder

Since insomnia can be a symptom of bipolar disorder, Zolpidem might be used to help treat this specific symptom.

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Effect of Antidepressants on Bipolar Disorder

Antidepressants can be taken to help treat the depression that accompanies those with bipolar disorder. However, it is important to note that at times antidepressants have been known to cause the...

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Effect of Antipsychotics on Bipolar Disorder

The most common antipsychotics used to treat bipolar disorder are: Classic antipsychotic medicines (eg, haloperidol [Haldol])— not often used because of risks of tardive dyskinesia...

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