You'll need to check in with your doctor regularly when taking medicines for bipolar disorder.
If you are prescribed carbamazepine, lithium,
or valproate, you will need regular blood tests to monitor the
amount of medicine in your blood. Too much lithium in your bloodstream may lead
side effects. Blood tests can also help show how medicines are affecting your liver, kidneys, and thyroid gland or to measure the
number of blood cells in your body.
The use of antidepressants alone has been linked to an
increase in manic episodes. Antidepressant treatment
needs to be monitored closely to avoid causing a manic episode.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has
issued an advisory on antidepressant and anticonvulsant medicines and the risk of suicide. The FDA does not recommend that people stop using these medicines.
Instead, a person taking antidepressants should be watched for
warning signs of suicide, such as threatening to harm himself or herself and being preoccupied with death or suicide. This is especially important
at the beginning of treatment or when doses are changed.
This information is produced and provided by the National
Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National
Institute via the Internet web site at http://
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
November 14, 2014
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