Mood Stabilisers

Lithium

Anticonvulsants

  • e.g. Carbamazepine; sodium valproate
  • Mode of action
    • Very unclear- perhaps block overactive pathways involved in bipolar disorder
  • Side effects
    • Carbamazapine
      • Drowsiness, ataxia, CVS effects, induces liver enzymes (drug interactions common)
    • Valproate
      • Liver failure, teratogenicity
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