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

  • FDA Safety Alert: Reactions to Olanzapine (Zyprexa)

    June 02, 2016

    The FDA has issued a safety alert for olanzapine (Zyprexa), an antipsychotic medication used to treat mental health disorders.

    According to the FDA, medications containing olanzapine may cause a rare but serious skin reaction that can spread to affect other parts of the body—and even lead to death.

    What type of skin reaction can olanzapine cause?
    Olanzapine can cause a skin reaction known as Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms (DRESS). See More

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    November 16, 2015

    Pharmaceutical manufacturers released a number of new prescription drugs in 2015. Some of these new drugs are truly lifesavers . . . and some aren’t. Either way, pharmaceutical companies will be spending lots of money to let you know about them—you’ll be seeing them on the sides of buses and in TV commercials for quite a while.

    As a doctor, I’m always excited about improvements that help patients. See More

  • Generic Abilify Now in Pharmacies!

    May 06, 2015

    You may have seen the many commercials for Abilify (aripiprazole) or perhaps you or someone you know take it. Especially if that’s the case, you should know that the FDA has approved the first generic versions of Abilify to treat mental illness, which means it will now be available to you at a reduced cost, and looked at more favorably by insurance companies.

    On April 28, 2015, the FDA gave pharmaceutical companies Alembic, Hetero Labs, Teva, and Torrent the go-ahead to manufacture the generic version of Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Abilify oral tablets. See More

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Popular Bipolar Disorder Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Anti-epileptics 12 See Prices
Atypical Antipsychotics 12 See Prices
Atypical Antipsychotics 36 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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