Treatment of bipolar mania with atypical antipsychotics.
KN Roy Chengappa, Trisha Suppes, Michael Berk
Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics | Published : 2004
Acute manic episodes in bipolar disorder require rapid and effective relief. Pharmacotherapy has traditionally involved mood stabilizers such as lithium or divalproex. Evidence for the efficacy of atypical antipsychotics to treat bipolar mania, either as monotherapy or in combination with traditional mood-stabilizing agents, has increased in recent years. Since the combination of an atypical agent and a traditional mood stabilizer is generally well tolerated, it represents a first-line approach for the treatment of severe and treatment-resistant mania. Atypical antipsychotics have a superior neurological tolerability profile compared with typical antipsychotics and are preferentially recomme..View full abstract