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What medications can treat bipolar disorder?

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Doctors use many types of drugs to treat bipolar disorder. Some fight the extreme highs of mania, while others treat the depression. You might take one drug at a time or a few at the same time.

The best bipolar medicine is the one that works best for you. Work with your doctor to decide on the medication plan that helps you the most.

You may keep taking these medications for years or decades, even if it’s been a long time since your last manic or depressive episode. This is called maintenance therapy.

From: Medications for Bipolar Disorder WebMD Medical Reference

National Institute of Mental Health: “How is Bipolar Disorder Treated?”

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American Journal of Psychiatry : "Practice Guideline for the treatment of patients with bipolar disorder. Part A: Treatment recommendations for patients with bipolar disorder."

Mayo Clinic: “Bipolar disorder.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on April 6, 2018

National Institute of Mental Health: “How is Bipolar Disorder Treated?”

Fieve, R. Bipolar II.

American Journal of Psychiatry : "Practice Guideline for the treatment of patients with bipolar disorder. Part A: Treatment recommendations for patients with bipolar disorder."

Mayo Clinic: “Bipolar disorder.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on April 6, 2018

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