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Re: Mood Stabilizer for BPII? SheilaC

Posted by SLS on August 26, 2009, at 7:12:51

In reply to Re: Mood Stabilizer for BPII?, posted by SheilaC on August 26, 2009, at 7:05:52

What are you looking for in a mood stabilizer? What do you need it to do?

BPII does not usually respond to lithium when used as an antimanic drug, either acutely or prophylactically. However, it can act as an antidepressant when used at low dosages (300-600mg) in combination with a standard antidepressant. The two mood stabilizers that have been reported to be effective for BPII are Depakote and Tegretol, although I would suggest using Trileptal in place of Tegretol. With the continued use of Depakote, some people report feeling somewhat more depressed, but there are also people who report it as being a potent antidepressant.

- Scott




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