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What are antipsychotic medications?

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Antipsychotic medications can be used during acute treatment of mania, especially to manage delusions or hallucinations. Some medicines in this family also have become standard first-line treatments for acute bipolar depression.

SOURCES:

Freeman, M. American Journal of Psychiatry, December 2007.

Consumer Reports: "Drugs for bipolar disorder in pregnancy."

National Alliance on Mental Illness: "Managing Pregnancy and Bipolar Disorder."

Viguera A. American Journal of Psychiatry. December 2007.

Shama V. Canadian Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, winter 2009.

Yonkers, K. American Journal of  Psychiatry, 2004.

MGH Women's Mental Health: "Anticonvulsants During Pregnancy in Women with Bipolar Disorder."

Yan, J. Psychiatric News, Jan. 18, 2008.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 18, 2019

SOURCES:

Freeman, M. American Journal of Psychiatry, December 2007.

Consumer Reports: "Drugs for bipolar disorder in pregnancy."

National Alliance on Mental Illness: "Managing Pregnancy and Bipolar Disorder."

Viguera A. American Journal of Psychiatry. December 2007.

Shama V. Canadian Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, winter 2009.

Yonkers, K. American Journal of  Psychiatry, 2004.

MGH Women's Mental Health: "Anticonvulsants During Pregnancy in Women with Bipolar Disorder."

Yan, J. Psychiatric News, Jan. 18, 2008.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 18, 2019

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