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What drugs used to treat manic episodes are also used as maintenance treatment for bipolar disorder?

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Drugs used to treat manic episodes and are also used as maintenance treatment for bipolar disorder include:

  • Antipsychotic medication
  • Antidepressants
  • Carbamazepine (Tegretol)
  • Valproate (Depakote)

A combination of these drugs may also be used.

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: "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 Jennifer Casarella on November 26, 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: "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 Jennifer Casarella on November 26, 2019

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