What is the role of psychiatric medications in the treatment of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD)?

Updated: May 16, 2018
  • Author: Sheenie Ambardar, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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No psychiatric medications are tailored specifically toward the treatment of NPD. Nevertheless, patients with this disorder often benefit from the use of psychiatric medications to help alleviate certain symptoms associated with the disorder or to manage concomitant axis I diagnoses. Agents that may be indicated include the following:

  • Antidepressants of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) class (eg, citalopram)

  • Antipsychotics (eg, risperidone)

  • Mood stabilizers (eg, lamotrigine)

See Treatment and Medication for more detail.


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