In the following section we’ll go into the major classes of medications that are commonly prescribed in bipolar disorder. These include:
• Mood stabilizers: Lithium, and lamotrigine (Lamictal), and other medications that are frequently used “off label” for the treatment of serious mood episodes, as well as for maintenance treatment or prophylactic treatment, when someone is not experiencing symptoms.
• Antipsychotic medications: These includes a large number of both older medications such as chlorpromazine (Thorazine) and haloperidol (Haldol) and more recently approved medications such as risperidone (Risperdal), quetiapine (Seroquel), and aripiprazole (Abilify).
• Medications for anxiety
• Medications to help with sleep