|Year : 2013 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 131-134
Prescription pattern of mood stabilizers for bipolar disorder at a tertiary health care centre in north India
JK Trivedi1, Himanshu Sareen2, Virendra Singh Yadav1, Shyam Bihari Rai1
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
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.
J K Trivedi
Department of Psychiatry, K. G. Medical University, Lucknow - 226 003, Uttar Pradesh
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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