What kind of medicine is needed to treat bipolar I disorder?
Mood stabilizers are the foundation for treatment of bipolar disorder. These medication are designed to not only make the symptoms go away, but to prevent them from returning. These medications are particularly effective in the treatment of mania, but markedly less effective in the treatment of the depressed phase of the illness. However, there are two exceptions, maybe three. Lamotrigine (Lamictal), quetiapine (Seroquel), and lurasidone (Latuda) have been shown to have unequivocal efficacy in the treatment of the depressed phase of the illness. That being said, I will disclose to the readers of the text that I have been directly involved in the development of these medication, and for this reason, I have conflicts of interest regarding these particular medications.
Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Bipolar I disorder is the most serious type of bipolar disorder because of the elated mood of mania. Your psychiatrist may prescribe lithium or an anticonvulsant to keep your moods stabilized. You may have to try several different mood stabilizers to find the right one. Your doctor may add an antipsychotic, if mania linked to bipolar I disorder extends too high. Working with your doctor, you can get the best treatment to manage your moods and keep your bipolar I disorder in check.

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