Medicines, when taken as
prescribed, can help control bipolar mood swings. Your doctor will vary the amounts and combinations of
your medicines according to your symptoms, which
type of bipolar disorder you have, and how you respond to the medicines.
About 1 out of 3 people will be
completely free of symptoms of bipolar disorder by taking
mood stabilizer medicine, such as carbamazepine or lithium, for life.5
Because of increased awareness and diagnosis, more people than ever before
have a basic understanding of bipolar disorder, the condition
formally known as manic depression.
Yet myths persist about this mental disorder that causes mood shifts from
depression to mania and affects a person's
energy and ability to function.
WebMD asked five bipolar disorder experts to help unravel what's myth and
what's fact. Read on for the eight common myths about bipolar they often hear
from patients and the...
Taking medicines during pregnancy for bipolar disorder
may increase the risk of birth defects. If you are pregnant or thinking of
becoming pregnant, talk to your doctor. You may need to keep taking medicine if
your bipolar disorder is severe. Your doctor can help weigh the risks of
treatment against the risk of harm to your pregnancy.
Several medicines are used to treat bipolar disorder. It
may take time to find the
treatment that works best for you. The most common medicines used are:
When you and your doctor are
discussing your medicines, think about whether your lifestyle allows you to
take medicines on time every day. A medicine you only take once a day may work
best for you if you have a hard time remembering to take your medicines.
During your doctor's
appointment, ask about:
The side effects of each
How often you will need to take the
How the medicines may interact with other medicines you
Whether it's important to take the medicines at
the same time every day.