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Pharmacotherapy for bipolar disorder

Lakshmi N Yatham and Gin S Malhi

in Bipolar Disorder

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ISBN: 9780199562305
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199607396 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199562305.003.0005

Series: Oxford Psychiatry Library

Pharmacotherapy for bipolar disorder

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• All patients must have a baseline assessment that includes full medical history and laboratory evaluation prior to commencement of pharmacotherapy • The efficacy and safety profile varies between various anticonvulsants • There are clear differences in adverse event profiles between various atypical antipsychotics • Antidepressants should not be used in monotherapy for acute bipolar depression; there is no evidence for the efficacy of antidepressants in the long term treatment of bipolar depression.

Chapter.  3100 words. 

Subjects: Pharmacology

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