The list of approved psychiatric medications for the treatment of bipolar disorder is frequently changing. To assist in keeping up to date, I  compiled the following table of the psychiatric medications that are FDA approved for the treatment of Bipolar Disorder I. The green boxes indicate “approved” while the red indicate “not approved.” Keep in mind that the headers Manic, Mixed, and Depression refer to acute episodes of bipolar disorder; “depression” here does not refer to major depressive disorder. I will do my best to keep this list updated, but if you notice changes please add them to the comments. As always, please check with the official guidelines as I cannot assure that this list does not contain any errors.

Generic Name Manic Mixed Maintenance Depression
Lithium        
Valproate        
Carbamazepine ER        
Lamotrigine        
Aripiprazole        
Ziprasidone        
Risperidone        
Quetiapine        
Chlorpromazine        
Olanzapine
Paliperidone
Asenapine
Lurasidone

 

 

Medications for Bipolar Disorder

Omer Liran


Omer Liran is an attending inpatient psychiatrist at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center and an Assistant Clinical Professor at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.


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