Medications such as olanzapine (Zyprexa), risperidone (Risperdal), and quetiapine (Seroquel) are effective in treating manic symptoms. Other mood stabilizing medications like lithium, carbamazepine, and lamotrigine may also be administered to treat acute manic episodes but they take a longer time to become effective.
Antidepressant medications are given to treat depressive episodes, most commonly SSRI’s such as fluoxetine (Prozac), sertraline (Zoloft), paroxetine (Paxil), citalopram (Celexa) and others. While medication is the most important treatment to relieve the symptoms of bipolar disorder, psychotherapy and/or counseling is also very useful to provide support and guidance to patients and their families. It can also help patients to become aware of their own negative behaviors and thought patterns so they can be modified, allowing patients to better cope with their illness.
This list of drugs and medications are often used to treat bipolar / manic depression disorder. While we have attempted to include most of the drugs, there are likely some that we have missed. Also, this list and any information related to drugs and medications on this website should ONLY be used as supplemental information, and should in no way be used in place of your physician or healthcare practioner.
This simple questionnaire is designed to help you determine if you have symptoms of bipolar / manic depression disorder and could benefit from professional help.