Other Mood Stabilizing Agents

Several anticonvulsant medications have mood-stabilizing properties. Valproic acid and carbamazepine are the best studied to date. In 1995, valproic acid was approved by the FDA for treatment of acute mania and is now considered a first-line agent. Other anticonvul-sants under investigation include lamotrigine and top-iramate, which are covered in Chapter 32. The atypical antipsychotic agent olanzapine received FDA approval in 2000 for use in acute mania and mixed episodes associated with bipolar disorder; it is covered in Chapter 34.

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