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Friday, March 7, 2014
Bipolar Disorder (Children and Adolescents)
Medications for Bipolar Disorder
how many medications do you thing there are for bipolar disorder?
Hello and thank you for your question. There are a variety of medications that can be helpful for children/adolescents for bipolar disorder including the following:
- Mood Stabilizers such as Lithium, Depakote, Topamax, Tegretol and Lamictal
- Antipsychotics: Zyprexa, Risperdal, Seroquel, Geodon, Clozaril and Abilify
- Anti-hypertensives: Clonidine and Tenex
And once their moods are stabilized by those medications, doctors can gradually introduce antidepressants such as Prozac, Paxil Zoloft, Luvox, Celexa, Lexapro, Remeron, Trazodone, Wellbutrin, Effexor, Tofranil, Anafranil and Elavil. It is very common for children/adolescents with bipolar disorder to be prescribed two-four medications to effectively manage their bipolar symptoms.
Hope that answers your question. Best wishes.
Nicholas Lofthouse, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University