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Suggest drugs for bipolar disorder

I have bipolar 1 disorder and had been taking lithium for the last 3 years and it worked but I had stop taking it because of the side effects it caused such as low thyroids and kidney problems.I would like to know what other drug can I take to help me with my mood swings and mania I am rarely depressed what drugs do you that can help
Mon, 14 Jul 2014
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Hi,

Thanks for writing to us,

In bipolar illness, options for mood stabilizers other than lithium are quite a few including Valproate, Carbamazapine, Lamotrigine, Topiramate etc. But these have their own unique profile of side effects. These drugs have to be prescribed and monitored under the strict supervision of a psychiatrist.

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Dr A Rao
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