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Finding the right bipolar medication can be challenging for you and your doctor. Find information here about coping with side effects and tips for sticking to your treatment plan.

Bipolar Medications

 

Lithium for Bipolar Disorder

Lithium has been used for years for bipolar disorder. Find out what to expect if you're taking lithium.

Lithium for Bipolar Disorder

 

Bipolar Disorder and Anticonvulsants

Anticonvulsants were originally used to treat seizures. Find out how they can help bipolar disorder, too.

Bipolar Disorder and Anticonvulsants

 

Antipsychotic Drugs for Bipolar Disorder

Did you know that some people with bipolar disorder get short- and long-term help from antipsychotic medications? Learn more here.

Antipsychotics for Bipolar Disorder

 

Calcium Channel Blockers for Bipolar Mania

Here's where to learn why doctors sometimes prescribe certain of these blood pressure drugs for bipolar mania.

Calcium Channel Blockers for Bipolar Mania

 

Benzodiazepines for Bipolar Disorder

For short-term relief of manic symptoms, benzodiazepines can be very helpful. Here's where to learn when, and how, they are used.

Benzodiazepines for Bipolar Disorder

 

Electroconvulsive Therapy for Bipolar

Current techniques are much gentler than what you've seen in the movies. Discover why doctors sometimes recommend this treatment for bipolar disorder.

Electroconvulsive Therapy for Bipolar Disorder

 

Antidepressants for Bipolar Disorder

Find out how antidepressants can help bipolar disorder -- and when they shouldn't be used.

Antidepressants for Bipolar Disorder

 

Paxil, Prozac, Luvox, and Zoloft for Bipolar Disorder

The so-called SSRI antidepressants can often help people with bipolar disorder. Here's how.

Paxil, Prozac, Luvox, Zoloft for Bipolar Disorder

 

MAOI Antidepressants and Bipolar Disorder

Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) are unique antidepressants -- including Emsam, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate -- that are often avoided and under-utilized for depression associated with bipolar disorder. Here's more information about how they work and their unique safety concerns.

 

MAOI Antidepressants and Bipolar Disorder

 

Effexor, Remeron, and Wellbutrin for Bipolar Disorder

The "atypical" antidepressants may have a role in treating bipolar depression. Find out more.

Effexor, Remeron, Wellbutrin for Bipolar Disorder

 

Tricyclic Antidepressants and Bipolar Depression

The older tricyclic antidepressants are only rarely recommended for patients with bipolar depression. Learn more about these drugs.

Tricyclic Antidepressants and Bipolar Depression

 

Maintenance Medications for Bipolar Disorder

Once a depressive or manic phase is under control, people with bipolar disorder often continue treatment that keeps them on an even keel. Learn more here.

Maintenance Medications for Bipolar Disorder

 

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on October 28, 2014

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