Although the types and dosage of medications vary according to symptoms, mood stabilizers are usually prescribed for both Bipolar I and Bipolar II. Examples of these type medications include lithium, known as Lithobid; valproic acid, called Depakene; divalproex sodium, known as Depakote, and lamotrigine, called Lamictal.
Antidepressants are sometimes used if the mood stabilizer is not enough to control depression. Common antidepressants include Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil and Wellbutrin. However, caution must be used when taking antidepressants. They can sometimes trigger a manic episode, although this is more common in Bipolar I than Bipolar II. Treating the depression that accompanies Bipolar II is usually of more concern than hypomania.
Antipsychotic medications are sometimes used if other treatments do not resolve the problem. Zyprexa, Risperdal and Seroquel are examples.
It is important that you follow up with your doctor with regular blood tests to ensure that your medication levels are right for you. Sometimes it is a delicate balance, so close supervision is necessary. As you start to feel better, don't discontinue your medication. Most people need to take medication long-term, even though it will not solve all the problems associated with the disorder. Having a healthy lifestyle and getting enough rest is important, along with psychotherapy and the support of others.