Medications are often the first line treatment option for people with bipolar disorder. Three types of medication are generally used, mood stabilizers, antipsychotic medication and antidepressants. In addition to medication, psychosocial treatments are often used to help people with bipolar disorder learn to manage their symptoms and improve their functioning.

On each of the pages linked to below, you will find a complete list of each type of medication along with answers to common questions, such as:

  • How long do these medications take to work?
  • What happens when you stop taking the medication?
  • What are the side effects?
  • Are there any drug interactions?

This post provides only general information about medications used for the treatment of bipolar disorder. It does not cover all possible uses, actions, precautions, side effects, or interactions of the medicines mentioned. This information does not constitute medical advice or treatment and is not intended as medical advice for individual problems or for making an evaluation as to the risks and benefits of taking a particular medication. The treating physician, relying on experience and knowledge of the patient, must determine dosages and the best treatment for the patient.

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