What is the role of mood stabilizers and antipsychotic medications in maintaining therapy for bipolar affective disorder (manic-depressive illness)?

Updated: May 30, 2019
  • Author: Stephen Soreff, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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The role of mood stabilizers and antipsychotic medications in maintaining patients with bipolar disorder is well documented, [96] as is the use of long-acting antipsychotics to help with the maintenance phase. The APA’s 2005 guideline watch for the treatment of patients with bipolar disorder considered both lamotrigine and lithium to have substantial utility in the maintenance treatment of patients with bipolar disorder. [59]


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