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Medications for Bipolar Disorder

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Sticking to Your Treatment for Bipolar Disorder

Medications for bipolar disorder are powerful drugs, and you must take them exactly as your doctor recommends. Don't ever stop taking a drug without your doctor's approval. It can be dangerous.

When you're feeling good, you might want to stop taking your medication. But that's a bad idea -- unless your doctor agrees. Getting treatment only during mood episodes may not be enough to prevent symptoms from coming back. In most people, maintenance treatment between mood episodes substantially reduces the severity and frequency of mania and depression. If you're feeling good now, that's likely because your medication is working. So why stop?

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Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on February 12, 2012
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