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APA: Most Bipolar Patients Start on Off-Label Antidepressants

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - SAN DIEGO, May 24 -- Antidepressants are widely used to treat the depression in bipolar disorder, despite their lack of approval for the indication and limited evidence of efficacy and safety, investigators reported here.

A review of nationwide prescribing patterns of psychotropic drugs for patients with diagnosed bipolar disorder revealed that more than half received antidepressants as initial monotherapy, with anticonvulsant drugs coming in a distant second, reported Ross J. Baldessarini, M.D., of Harvard, and colleagues.

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