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What can I ask the doctor about my loved one's bipolar disorder treatment?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
If someone close to you has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and you are part of the support network, there are important questions you should ask the doctor about the planned treatment: What medications have been prescribed? What will the medications do to modulate the bipolar disorder mood swings? What is the medication schedule? What dosages are given of these medications? What side effects are associated with these medications? How long does it take to see the positive effects of the medication? If the current medication causes side effects or isn't effective, can you prescribe a different drug? What other treatment options are available for managing bipolar disorder? If there is an emergency, how can we reach you?

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