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What Food and Drug Administration (FDA) drugs are approved for the treatment of bipolar depression?

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Three drugs are FDA-approved for the treatment of bipolar depression: quetiapine (Seroquel) by itself, olanzapine (Zyprexa) when used with fluoxetine (Prozac) (which also comes as a combination pill called Symbyax), and lurasidone (Latuda) used alone or with lithium or valproate (Depakote). The atypical antipsychotic drug caripirazine (Vraylar) has also shown promise in initial studies to treat bipolar depression.

From: Bipolar Disorder Treatment Overview WebMD Medical Reference

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National Institute of Mental Health: "Step-BD Womens Studies." 

Massachusetts General Hospital Bipolar Clinic & Research Program. 

MedicineNet: "Bipolar Disorder (Mania)." 

American Psychiatric Association: "Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Bipolar Disorder."

Sonovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on November 08, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "Step-BD Womens Studies." 

Massachusetts General Hospital Bipolar Clinic & Research Program. 

MedicineNet: "Bipolar Disorder (Mania)." 

American Psychiatric Association: "Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Bipolar Disorder."

Sonovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on November 08, 2017

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