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What anticonvulsant medications are used to treat bipolar disorder, and what symptoms do they treat?

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Anticonvulsants that treat bipolar disorder include:

Depakote and Tegretol tend to treat mania better than depressive symptoms, and Lamictal seems to work better against depression than mania. Lamictal is used more often to prevent future episodes (rather than treat current ones). Depakote and Tegretol are used to treat acute episodes more than as a preventative.

  • Carbamazepine (Tegretol)
  • Divalproex sodium, valproic acid, or valproate sodium (Depakene, Depakote)
  • Lamotrigine (Lamictal)

SOURCES: WebMD Medical Reference: "Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depressive Disorder)." WebMD Assess Plus: Bipolar Disorder Assessment. National Institute for Mental Health: "Step-BD Womens Studies."   Massachusetts General Hospital Bipolar Clinic & Research Program. MedicineNet.com: "Bipolar Disorder (Mania)." WebMD Medical Reference: "Effects of Untreated Depression." American Psychiatric Association: "Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Bipolar Disorder."






Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 18, 2019

SOURCES: WebMD Medical Reference: "Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depressive Disorder)." WebMD Assess Plus: Bipolar Disorder Assessment. National Institute for Mental Health: "Step-BD Womens Studies."   Massachusetts General Hospital Bipolar Clinic & Research Program. MedicineNet.com: "Bipolar Disorder (Mania)." WebMD Medical Reference: "Effects of Untreated Depression." American Psychiatric Association: "Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Bipolar Disorder."






Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 18, 2019

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