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18 Do certain drugs work best with certain depressive illnesses? What are the guidelines for choosing a drug?




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This article is from the Depression FAQ, by Cynthia Frazier with numerous contributions by others.

18 Do certain drugs work best with certain depressive illnesses? What are the guidelines for choosing a drug?

There are very few kinds of depression for which there are specific antidepressant treatments. When it comes to people with Bipolar Disorder who are depressed there are some major problems. Most importantly, with any antidepressant, there is a possibility that the antidepressant treatment will cause depressed bipolar people not just to come out of their depressions, but to develop manic episodes. The possibility of an antidepressant causing mania is least when the antidepressant is bupropion (Wellbutrin). The possibility of mania is greatly reduced if depressed bipolar folks are on a mood stabilizer such as lithium, Tegretol or Depakote when they are started on an antidepressant.

 

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