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Can Neurontin help treat bipolar disorder?

Neurontin is an anticonvulsant that is sometimes used for bipolar disorder. There was a lot of excitement about it as a mood stabilizer years ago when it was rumored (a rumor not backed up by any real facts) to be a good mood stabilizer. Psychiatrists rushed to prescribe it, and the results were mixed. Looking backward from our current experience with the drug, it is often effective for anxiety, from which half of bipolar patients suffer, but does not seem very good for mood cycling to mania or depression. Those who concluded it was a good mood stabilizer may have been confusing the antianxiety properties with actual mood stabilization.

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