Atypical Antipsychotics for Bipolar Depression

Newer "atypical" antipsychotics work differently than other available drugs, and some (but not all) have been show to help treat depression in bipolar disorder. Currently, only quetiapine, lurasidone, and the combination of olanzapine plus fluoxetine (Prozac), are approved by the FDA to treat bipolar depression. Other atypical antipsychotics are currently being studied to determine if they have antidepressant properties for treating or preventing bipolar depression.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on October 27, 2014

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