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What medicines are used for bipolar depression?

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Most of the time, doctors will start bipolar treatment by prescribing a mood-stabilizing drug like lithium, but the FDA has also approved some medicines for bipolar depression, such as:

For some people, traditional antidepressants may trigger a manic episode. Because of this risk, your doctor should keep track of you closely if you take one.

  • Fluoxetine combined with olanzapine (Symbyax)
  • Quetiapine fumarate (Seroquel)
  • Lurasidone (Latuda). You might take it alone or with lithium or valproic acid.

From: Medications for Bipolar Disorder WebMD Medical Reference

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

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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