Typical BiPolar Medications


Mood Stabilizers
Generic NameTypeBrand NameDosageMajor Side Effects
Lithium Carbonate Lithobid, Eskalith900 mg Nausea, Diarrhea, Tremor, Rash, Confusion
Carbamazepine Tegretol600 mg Dizziness, Unsteadiness, Nausea, Vision
Valproic Acid Depakote, Depakene1000 mg Drowsiness, Cramps, Weight, Diarrhea
Lamotrigine Lamictal600 mg Dizziness, Sedation, Fatigue, Weight loss
Gabapentin, Tiagabine Neurantin, Gabitril 56 mg Drowsiness, Dizziness, Fatigue, Nausea
Oxcarbazepine Trileptal2400 mg Dizziness, Sedation, Fatigue, Alertness
Topiramate Topomax 400 mg Fatigue, Dizziness, Sedation, Coordination, Memory

AntiAnxiety
Generic NameTypeBrand NameDosageMajor Potential Side Effects
AlprazolamBenzo.Xanax 4 mg Dizziness, Fatigue, Memory, Depression
ChlordiazepoxideBenzo.Librium, Libritabs 100 mg Dizziness, Fatigue, Memory, Depression
ClonazepamBenzo.Klonopin 4 mg Dizziness, Fatigue, Memory, Depression
ClorazepateBenzo.Tranxene 60 mg Dizziness, Fatigue, Memory, Depression
DiazepamBenzo.Valium, Diastat 20 mg Dizziness, Fatigue, Memory, Depression
HalazepamBenzo.Paxipam 20 mg Dizziness, Fatigue, Memory, Depression
LorazepamBenzo.Ativan 20 mg Dizziness, Fatigue, Memory, Depression
OxazepamBenzo.Serax 20 mg Dizziness, Fatigue, Memory, Depression
BuspironeBuSpar 60 mg Nausea, Dizziness, Drowsiness
EstazolamBenzo.ProSam 2 mg Dizziness, Fatigue, Memory, Depression
FlurazepamBenzo.Dalmane 30 mg Dizziness, Fatigue, Memory, Depression
QuazepamBenzo.Doral 15 mg Dizziness, Fatigue, Memory, Depression
TemazepamBenzo.Restoril 15 mg Dizziness, Fatigue, Memory, Depression
TiazolamBenzo.Halcion 15 mg Dizziness, Fatigue, Memory, Depression

AntiDepressants
Generic NameTypeBrand NameDosageMajor Potential Side Effects
AmitriptylineTricylicElavil 100 mg Sedating, Cardiovascular, Sexual issues
AmoxapineTricylicAsendin 400 mg Sedating, Sexual issues, Seisure
ClomipramineTricylicAnafranil 250 mg Sedating, Cardiovascular, Sexual issues
DesipramineTricylicNorpramin 300 mg
DoxepinTricylicSinequan, Adapin 200 mg Sedating, Cardiovascular, Sexual issues
ImipramineTricylicTofranil 200 mg Sedating, Cardiovascular, Sexual issues
Maprotiline, MirtazapineTricylicLudimil 225 mg Sedating, Sexual issues Seisure
NortypylineTricylicPamelor 150 mg Sedating, Sexual issues
ProtriptylineTricylicVivactil 60 mg Agitation, Sexual issues
TrimipramineTricylicSurmontil 200 mg Sedating, Cardiovascular, Sexual issues

For addition on medications visit: The National Institute of Health: www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus (especially USP DI option)

This information is derived from: A Sourcebook for Families Coping with Mental Illness, Edited by Michael R Berren, Ph.D. 2002 (This book is written for Arizona programs and is highly recommended-- now out of print)

Input also obtained from The Pill Book May 2000 and other sources

This information was not prepared by a Physician or Pharmacist, and is intended for general information only

Dosages are intended for general comaparisions only, and are not the dosage for any particular individual

W. Philip Sawyer and the BiPolar Bears may not be held responsible for its content 12/25/2002 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED