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What medications are used to treat bipolar depression?

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For depressed bipolar patients who don't respond to mood stabilizers alone, or to FDA-approved medications for bipolar depression, doctors sometimes prescribe a mood stabilizer plus a traditional antidepressant -- often either buproprion (Wellbutrin) or an SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) such as fluoxetine (Prozac) or sertraline (Zoloft), although the effectiveness of antidepressants has not been proven for 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."

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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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