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It may be stressful to think about the future when your loved one is facing bipolar I disorder, but management is possible. A long-term treatment plan can help people with bipolar I disorder manage their symptoms, which in turn can help them return and/or continue participating in activities such as socializing, and going to school or work.

There is no single treatment that is right for everybody, so each patient and their psychiatrist will work together to find the best medication and lifestyle choices for their situation.

Some medications for bipolar I disorder can help manage or treat the symptoms of depression and/or mania associated with this disease, while others reduce the risk and frequency of symptom relapse.

BPI medication options to consider

Oral medications can be prescribed for both acute and maintenance treatment, and are taken every day, once a day or more, depending on the chosen medication.

Long-acting injectable medication options are also available for maintenance treatment.
These injections are given in the buttock muscles or in the upper arm/shoulder, and they need to be administered by a nurse or doctor every month or every 2 weeks, depending on the chosen medication.

Regardless of the chosen medication, it is important to keep taking it as prescribed, even when feeling well.

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All treatments have side effects. Talk to your loved one’s psychiatrist for complete medication information.


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