Medications for Bipolar Disorder

Medications for Bipolar Disorder – An Overview

Medications are the standard and proven treatment for bipolar disorder. Sometimes a patient can be stabilized on a single prescription drug, but more often a combination of medications – often called a “med cocktail” – is needed. The drugs included in that combination depend on each person’s unique symptoms, body and brain chemistry, and other factors including such things as what prescriptions the patient is taking for other conditions.

Bipolar disorder medications fall into several categories:
* Mood stabilizers
* Antidepressants
* Antipsychotics
* Antianxiety drugs (antianxiolytics)
* Sedatives
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Description of Medication Types
Different types of Medications
Serotonin and Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRIs)
Tetracyclic Antidepressants
Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors