Finding the right bipolar medication regimen can be challenging for you and your doctor. For most people with bipolar disorder, two or more medications are used in combination to address the varied symptoms that are often involved. Find information here about coping with side effects and tips for sticking to your treatment plan.
Lithium for Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar Disorder and Anticonvulsants
Antipsychotic Drugs 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.
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.
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.
Antidepressants for Bipolar Disorder
Find out how antidepressants can help bipolar disorder -- and when they shouldn't be used.
Paxil, Prozac, Lexapro, and Zoloft for Bipolar Disorder
The so-called SSRI antidepressants are sometimes used to treat depression in people with bipolar disorder, although their safety and efficacy in bipolar disorder is controversial.
MAOI Antidepressants and Bipolar Disorder
Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) are unique antidepressants -- including Emsam, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate -- that are often avoided yet under-utilized for depression associated with bipolar disorder. Here's more information about how they work and their unique safety concerns.
Effexor, Remeron, and Wellbutrin for Bipolar Disorder
The "atypical" antidepressants may have a role in treating bipolar depression. Find out more.
Tricyclic Antidepressants and Bipolar Depression
The older tricyclic antidepressants are only rarely recommended for patients with bipolar depression. Learn more about these drugs.
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.