Feb 17, 2008
my friend is bi-polar and takes effexor but not lithium.his mood swings are very bad,should he be on any other type of drug to control his moods
Response from Dr. Horwath
Yes, he should. The standard of care for bipolar disorder nowadays is to use a mood stabilizer (like lithium) as the basis of treatment. Antidepressants are sometimes needed, but they should usually be used in combination with a mood stabilizer.
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