2nd October 2019


What are the most effective mood stabilizers?

Mood stabilizers, described below, are highly effective in stabilizing and maintaining a remission of manic symptoms.
  • Lithium.
  • Valproate or Valproic Acid (Depakote)
  • Carbamazepine (Tegretol)
  • Gabapentin (Neurontin)
  • Topiramate (Topamax)
  • Oxcarbazepine (Trileptal)
  • Lamotigrine (Lamictal)

Are all mood stabilizers antipsychotics?

Most U.S. psychiatrists use combination therapies for bipolar disorder, particularly when treating acute manic states. The most common combination is a “known” mood stabilizer—such as lithium or divalproex—plus an antipsychotic to quickly control mania.
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