Fast Five Quiz: Are You Prepared to See Patients With Bipolar Disorder?

Stephen Soreff, MD


June 22, 2018

Medications noted as having the strongest efficacy for the acute treatment of depression in BPI include olanzapine-fluoxetine, quetiapine, and lamotrigine. Topiramate, lamotrigine, and gabapentin are not recommended to treat patients with mania or mixed episodes. Antidepressants in the absence of a mood stabilizer are not recommended by the American Psychiatric Association for patients with BPI. Although a meta-analysis by Starris et al found strong evidence that bipolar depressive symptoms may be improved by adjunctive use of omega-3, omega-3 does not improve bipolar mania.

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