Saturday, September 19, 2009

Ziprasidone Plus Lithium or Divalproex Is More Effective Than Monotherapy in Bipolar Disorder: Presented at ECNP

Ziprasidone as adjunctive treatment of bipolar disorder yields better efficacy than monotherapy and does not have the side effect of weight gain, according to researchers here at the 22nd European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) Congress.

Eduard Vieta, MD, Bipolar Disorders Program, Clinical Institute of Neuroscience, Barcelona, Spain, and colleagues investigated the efficacy of combining ziprasidone with standard mood stabilisers. Because few bipolar patients experience adequate symptom control with long-term lithium or divalproex therapy, the use of adjunctive treatment with atypical antipsychotics is being investigated.


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