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Medications are important. Despite the side effects, the cost, and the difficulty in finding an effective medication or combination of medications, for most people there is really no better way to achieve prolonged stability and minimize the anxiety, anger, impulsiveness and other neurological manifestations of the illness. People with bipolar disorder often lament the lower levels of spontaneity, creativity, energy, and exuberance that medical treatment sometimes entails. However, those whose symptoms are severe enough to get them into trouble usually accept this price for being able to stay out of prison or the hospital, hold a job or pursue a career, and sustain loving relationships. Loved ones of people with bipolar disorder need to be aware of what the medications do, and – since people with bipolar disorder, especially in the early stages following diagnosis, may be unable or unwilling to report problems accurately and completely – they can be helpful to psychiatrists by reporting adverse side effects or behaviors after medications or dosages have been changed.

General Information
Drug Treatment for People with Mood Disorders Discussions of issues in psychopharmacology
Treatment of Bipolar Disorder From the Expert Consensus Guideline series.
Use of Antidepressants in Treating Bipolar Disorder Judging from the experience of BPSO members, antidepressants often produce mania or hypomania in bipolars who are not also taking a mood stabilizer (although there are situations where their use is merited). This page presents a few authoritative references regarding antidepressants and bipolar disorder, as well as some excerpts from general discussion by members of BPSO on the subject.

Trade and Generic Names of Psychiatric Medications
Trade and Generic Names of Psychiatric Medications Compiled by, Ivan Goldberg, MD

Programs to Provide Drugs to Low Income Patients NeedyMeds is the place to learn about patient assistance programs and other programs designed to help those who can't afford their medicines.
Partnership for Prescription Assistance Patient Assistance Program. Patients can determine which programs they may be eligible for by answering questions and using the online application wizard. The Partnership for Prescription Assistance brings together America's pharmaceutical companies, doctors, other health care providers, patient advocacy organizations and community groups to help qualifying patients who lack prescription coverage get the medicines they need through the public or private program that's right for them. Many will get them free or nearly free.
Prescription Drug Patient Assistance Programs Free or low-cost medications provided by pharmaceutical companies. On the NAMI web site.

Look Up Information on Specific Medications
Crazy Meds You need meds. You need the right meds. That's why I put this site together, to help you and your doctor and your pharmacist, the people with whom you should be discussing medications before you go looking them up on some stupid Internet site, get you the right medications as quickly as possible. To help you collect the best available information and make an informed decision. Drug Search Look up prescription and over-the-counter drug information.
Medication Guide. Healthtouch Online.
Medications The most common psychiatric medications, and their pharmacology indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions, adverse effects, overdose dosage, supplied research. The information is from Canadian monographs. There can be differences in indications, dosage forms and warnings for these drugs in other countries. Site designed by Phillip W. Long, M.D.
RxList, the Internet Drug Index Look up information about prescription drugs. Also provides a useful pill identifier and medical dictionary.

More Detailed Information on Certain Medications
MedLine Search Medscape Medical Search
  • Medscape: Full-Text Articles, CME, Conference Coverage and News
  • eMedicine: Clinical overviews of 6,500 topics
  • MEDLINE: Optimized for Practicing Physicians
  • Drug Reference: Content from the FDA, First DataBank and AHFS Drug Information® published by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
PubMed National Library of Medicine. The U.S. National Library of Medicine's digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature, providing free access to the full text of articles.

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