Bipolar Disorder

What is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a psychological condition in which a person goes through mood swings. There are periods of depression and periods of mania. Symptoms of depression include sadness, fatigue, feelings of worthlessness, and thoughts of death or suicide. Symptoms of mania include high energy levels, promiscuity, high self-esteem, poor judgment, little temper control and reckless behavior.

There is no cure for bipolar disorder; however, medications and therapy are used to treat the symptoms. Treatments such as psychotherapy have also been shown to be effective. Common drug classes used to treat bipolar disorder are typical antipsychotics, atypical antipsychotic / SSRI combinations, anti-epileptics, atypical antipsychotics, and mood stabilizers.

Savings Tips for Bipolar Disorder

  • Abilify: Is It Worth Paying For?

    November 05, 2013

    What’s the deal with the best selling mood medicine of the year?

    Abilify. This tiny little pill, an atypical antipsychotic, made the drug company over 6 billion dollars this past year. It’s an expensive drug and there are many patient assistance programs out there for Abilify but the question you should ask first: is it worth paying for? Let’s find out.

    1. Schizophrenia.

    Abilify (aripiprazole) is indicated for the treatment of schizophrenia. See More

  • Drug Shortage: Fluphenazine

    April 29, 2013

    APP Pharmaceuticals has announced a shortage of both forms of their fluphenazine injection, used for the long-term management of conditions such as schizophrenia.

    The fluphenazine decanoate 25mg/ml 5 ml vial is currently backordered, with an estimated rerelease in the third quarter of 2013. The fluphenazine hydrochloride 2.5mg/ml 20 ml vial is also backordered, with a new shipment due in late May 2013—although some vials expiring in the next seven months (through 11/30/2013) may be available now. See More

  • Risperdal and Other Antipsychotics Prescribed for Unapproved Indications

    January 18, 2012

    Three to four years ago those of us in primary care started to see more and more of our adult and elderly patients on Risperdal (risperidone) for many different uses. As it turns out, the drug company making that drug, Johnson and Johnson, will now be paying $158 million to settle claims that it inappropriately marketed Risperdal for non-FDA-approved uses. They aren’t the only ones; several other antipsychotic drug makers are paying big bucks for doing the same thing, specifically for Geodon and ZyprexaSee More

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Popular Bipolar Disorder Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Lamictal
(lamotrigine)
Anti-epileptics 12 See Prices
Seroquel
(quetiapine)
Atypical Antipsychotics 17 See Prices
Risperdal
(risperidone)
Atypical Antipsychotics 18 See Prices
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Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug, regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.

Bipolar Disorder Drug Classes

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