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  1. FDA OKs Generic Zyprexa for Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder

    Oct. 25, 2011 -- The FDA has approved the first generic versions of the drugs Zyprexa and Zyprexa Zydis for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The brand-name drugs are now made by Eli Lilly & Co. The generic name for the two drugs is olanzapine. The generic will come in two forms:

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  2. Catherine Zeta-Jones Treated for Bipolar Disorder

    April 14, 2011 -- Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones has been treated for bipolar disorder, her publicist has confirmed. Zeta-Jones, 41, was admitted to a mental health facility after helping her husband, actor Michael Douglas, recover from throat cancer. "After dealing with the stress of the past year, C

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  3. Bipolar Disorder Often Untreated

    March 7, 2011 -- Bipolar disorder affects 2.4% of adults worldwide, but the condition is often untreated, particularly in middle-income and low-income countries, a new study finds. The study, based on a survey of 61,392 adults from 11 countries, found that in high-income countries, 50.2% of study pa

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  4. FDA Warns Lamictal Can Cause Meningitis

    Aug. 12, 2010 -- The FDA warned today that the prescription drug Lamictal, which is used to treat seizures and bipolar disorder, can cause aseptic meningitis. Aseptic meningitis is an inflammation of the protective membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord and is not caused by bacterial infecti

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  5. Anesthetic Shows Promise for Bipolar Disorder

    Aug. 2, 2010 -- Patients with bipolar disorder who failed to find relief from their depression with other standard treatments experienced fast-acting relief from a single intravenous (IV) dose of a drug called ketamine, according to a new, small study. Researchers at the National Institute of Mental

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  6. Bipolar Disorder Misdiagnosed as Depression

    June 1, 2010 (New Orleans) -- About one in three people diagnosed with major depression may actually have bipolar disorder, researchers report. Five characteristics, including extreme mood swings and psychiatric symptoms at a young age, may help pinpoint which patients actually have bipolar disorder

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  7. Many Bipolar Patients Face Other Conditions, Too

    May 26, 2010 (New Orleans) -- People with bipolar disorder are two to four times as likely as people without the disorder to suffer from various skin conditions, including psoriasis and eczema, researchers report. They're also 2.6 times more likely to have hypothyroidism, 2.3 times more likely to ha

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  8. Epilepsy Drugs for Bipolar Disorder: Fewer Suicides?

    Dec. 8, 2009 -- Last January, the FDA warned of increased suicide risk among patients treated with epilepsy drugs. But a new study finds fewer suicide attempts in patients with bipolar disorder. Even though an outside panel of experts confirmed the link between suicide and treatment of bipolar disor

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  9. FDA OKs New Schizophrenia, Bipolar Drug

    Aug. 14, 2009 -- The FDA has approved a new drug called Saphris to treat schizophrenia and bipolar I disorder in adults. "Mental illnesses like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder can be devastating to patients and families, requiring lifelong treatment and therapy," Thomas Laughren, MD, director of

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  10. Genetic Pattern for Schizophrenia Found

    July 1, 2009 -- A vast number of common gene variants come together in a perfect storm to increase risk of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, new studies reveal. Because schizophrenia tends to run in families, researchers have long sought a "schizophrenia gene." But scientists now realize that most

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