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Whether you’re an American who has recently been diagnosed or have been living with Bipolar disorder your whole life, this article is made to bring awareness to this condition. Bipolar Medications are commonly used amongst Americans. More so than you would think of. Not many people are comfortable speaking about Bipolar disorder. Did you know that the National Institute of Mental Health estimates that 2.8 % of adults in the United States have bipolar disorder? Bipolar is a condition that not many people like to speak about openly as they fear judgement and to be treated differently. Doctors often find bipolar disorder challenging to treat because everyone responds to medications differently. Many people with bipolar disorder will try several medications before they find one that works for them. Some people will also need to take more than one class of drug to manage their symptoms.
Bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that causes changes in a person’s mood, energy, and ability to function. People with bipolar disorder experience intense emotional states that typically occur during distinct periods of days to weeks, called mood episodes. These mood episodes are categorized as manic/hypomanic (abnormally happy or irritable mood) or depressive (sad mood). People with bipolar disorder generally have periods of neutral mood as well. When treated, people with bipolar disorder can lead full and productive lives. People without bipolar disorder experience mood fluctuations as well. However, these mood changes typically last hours rather than days. Also, these changes are not usually accompanied by the extreme degree of behavior change or difficulty with daily routines and social interactions that people with bipolar disorder demonstrate during mood episodes. Bipolar disorder can disrupt a person’s relationships with loved ones and cause difficulty in working or going to school.
Several types of medications are used to treat bipolar disorder. These include mood stabilizers, antidepressants, and drugs that relieve anxiety. Your doctor may prescribe one or a combination of medications for maximum effect. Lithium (such as Lithobid) is a mood-stabilizing drug that’s been used since the 1970s. It helps control symptoms of acute mania. It’s also effective at preventing the recurrence of periods of mania and depression Anticonvulsants are mood stabilizers used to treat bipolar disorder. They have been used since the mid-1990s. Anticonvulsant drugs include: divalproex sodium (Depakote), lamotrigine (Lamictal), valproic acid (Depakene). Common side effects of anticonvulsants include weight gain, drowsiness, and an inability to sit still. Anticonvulsants are also associated with increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior. Antipsychotic drugs are another treatment option. Some commonly prescribed antipsychotics include: Aripiprazole (Abilify), Olanzapine (Zyprexa), Quetiapine (Seroquel), Lurasidone (Latuda), Asenapine (Saphris) and Risperidone (Risperdal).. Common side effects include weight gain, drowsiness, dry mouth, decreased libido, and blurred vision. Antipsychotics may also affect memory and attention. They are also known to cause involuntary facial or body movements. Antidepressants, antidepressant medications, which regulate brain chemicals associated with emotion, may be used during an episode of bipolar depression. Common antidepressants include: Bupropion (Wellbutrin),Sertraline (Zoloft) and Escitalopram (Lexapro).
Nearly all medications that people take to treat bipolar disorders have potential side effects. Some of the most common of these side effects include: sleepiness, constipation, dry mouth, sexual dysfunction, blurred vision, weight gain or loss and dizziness. Some of the side effects are temporary and go away within a few days to weeks of taking the drug, while others are long-term. A person can ask their doctor about ways to reduce side effects, such as taking medications at different times of the day or with food. Always talk to a doctor about any severe, concerning, or persistent side effects. A doctor may suggest changing doses or trying a different drug. Finding the right medication or combination of drugs to manage bipolar disorder can be a challenging and frustrating process. There are different classes of drugs, and each of these contains several medications that can safely and effectively treat bipolar disorders. Connect with a psychiatrist to discuss medication options and what might be the best fit and to discuss potential side effects. Have regular appointments to monitor progress and adjust treatment over time as needed.
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