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Which benzodiazepines are used to treat bipolar I disorder?

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This class of drugs includes alprazolam (Xanax), diazepam (Valium), and lorazepam (Ativan) and is commonly referred to as minor tranquilizers. They are sometimes used for short-term control of acute symptoms associated with mania such as agitation or insomnia, but they don't treat core mood symptoms such as euphoria or depression.

From: Bipolar I Disorder WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Moore, D. Mosby, 2004. National Institute of Mental Health web site: "Bipolar Disorder."  Medical News Today: "Study Identifies Predictors Of Bipolar Disorders Risk." WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise: "Bipolar Disorder -- What Increases Your Risk." Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.




Handbook of Medical Psychiatry,

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on November 08, 2017

SOURCES: Moore, D. Mosby, 2004. National Institute of Mental Health web site: "Bipolar Disorder."  Medical News Today: "Study Identifies Predictors Of Bipolar Disorders Risk." WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise: "Bipolar Disorder -- What Increases Your Risk." Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.




Handbook of Medical Psychiatry,

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on November 08, 2017

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