Antimanic Medication for Adults

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Antimanic Medications
  • Bipolar disorder is characterized by cycling mood changes:  severe highs (mania) and lows (depression).
  • Episodes may be predominately manic or depressive, with normal mood between episodes.
  • Mood swings may follow each other very closely, within days (rapid cycling), or may be separated by months to years
  • "Highs" and "Lows" may vary in intensity and severity and can co-exist in "mixed" episodes
  • When people are in a manic "high," they may be overactive, overly talkative, have a great deal of energy, and have much less need for sleep than normal
  • When "manic" they may switch quickly from one topic to another, as if they cannot get their thoughts out quickly enough.
  • Their attention span is often short, and they can be easily distracted.
  • Sometimes people who are "high" are irritable or angry and have false or inflated ideas about their position or importance in the world.
  • They may be very elated and be full of grand schemes that might range form business deals to romantic sprees.
  • Often they show poor judgment in these ventures.
  • If left untreated, mania may worsen into a psychotic state.

Antimanic Medications
Cibalith-S lithium citrate
Depakote valporic acid, divalproex sodium
Eskalith lithium carbonate
Lamictal lamotrigine
Lithane lithium carbonate
Lithobid lithium carbonate
Neurontin gabapentin
Tegretol carbamazepine
Topamax topiramate