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Why is it difficult to prescribe medications for bipolar disorder?

John Preston, PsyD
Psychology
Challenges arise when a prescriber must decide which medications to use from each category of medications used to treat bipolar disorder, how to combine them, whether they will interact negatively with medications taken for other medical or psychological conditions, and which drugs are the most effective with the least side effects. It can't be stressed enough that this is a complicated process, which is why finding a successful medication regimen may take much longer than you hoped. Most prescribing decisions are based on current research, so it's helpful if you know the basics.
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