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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 55  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 131-134

Prescription pattern of mood stabilizers for bipolar disorder at a tertiary health care centre in north India

1 Department of Psychiatry, Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University, Gandhi Memorial and Associated Hospital, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences Medical College and Hospital, Jalandhar, Punjab, India

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J K Trivedi
Department of Psychiatry, K. G. Medical University, Lucknow - 226 003, Uttar Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.111449

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Background: Mood stabilizers are drugs used to steady/balance the mood, and are also used to manage symptoms of aggression and impulsivity. There is disparity in prescription pattern across the globe. Aim: The aim of this study was to observe prescription pattern of mood stabilizers for the treatment of bipolar disorder with or without psychotic symptoms. Materials and Methods: A sample of 100 adult patients was selected to participate in the study. First 5 patients of bipolar disorder with or without psychotic symptoms from twenty out-patient departments of various consultant psychiatrists of Department of Psychiatry (C.S.M. Medical University, Lucknow) were included in the sample. A written informed consent was obtained and survey method was adopted to conduct the study. Results and Conclusion: Lithium was found to be the most frequently prescribed mood stabilizer, sodium valproate ranked second while carbamazepine was least frequently prescribed.



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