10006054 J Clin Psychiatry / Document Archive

Psychiatrist.com Home    Keyword Search

Close [X]

Search Our Sites

Enter search terms below (keywords, titles, authors, or subjects). Then select a category to search and press the Search button. All words are assumed to be required. To search for an exact phrase, put it in quotes. To exclude a term, precede it with a minus sign (-).

Keyword search:

Choose a category:

Choosing the appropriate category will greatly improve your chances of finding the best match.

All files at our sites: J Clin Psychiatry, Primary Care Companion, CME Institute, and MedFair

Search materials from our journals:

Abstracts from The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 1996–present, both regular issues and supplements

PDFs of the full text of The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 1996–present, both regular issues and supplements (Net Society Platinum [paid subscribers])

PDFs of the full text of The Primary Care Companion to The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 1999–present

Search CME offerings:

CME Institute, including CME from journals , supplements, and Web activities for instant CME credit (Net Society Gold [registered users]); also includes information about our CME program

CME activities from regular issues of The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry (Net Society Gold [registered users])

CME Supplements from The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry (Net Society Gold [registered users])

 

The article you requested is

Rapid Titration of Mood Stabilizers Predicts Remission From Mixed or Pure Mania in Bipolar Patients

J Clin Psychiatry 1998;59:151-158
Copyright 1998 Physicians Postgraduate Press, Inc.

To view this item, select one of the options below.

  1. NONSUBSCRIBERS
    1. Purchase this PDF for $30
      If you are not a paid subscriber, you may purchase the PDF.
      (You'll need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.)
    2. Subscribe
      Receive immediate full-text access to JCP. You can subscribe to JCP online-only ($129) or print + online ($166 individual).
    3. Celebrate JCP's 75th Anniversary with a special online-only subscription price of $75.
  2. PAID SUBSCRIBERS
    1. Activate
      If you are a paid subscriber to JCP and do not yet have a username and password, activate your subscription now.
    2. Sign in
      As a paid subscriber who has activated your subscription, you have access to the HTML and PDF versions of this item.
  1. Did you forget your password?

Still can't log in? Contact the Circulation Department at 1-800-489-1001 x4 or send an email

| 67.202.4.225

Background: Recent investigations have suggested that the antimanic agents divalproex sodium and carbamazepine may each hasten hospital discharge and be especially beneficial in treating mixed-state mania. This study retrospectively compared the time to remission for pure versus mixed manic bipolar inpatients who were taking lithium, divalproex, or carbamazepine, or their combination, under naturalistic conditions.

Method: Records were reviewed for 120 bipolar inpatients from 1991 to 1995. Research DSM-III-R diagnoses of pure or mixed mania were assigned along standardized guidelines. Data were obtained on daily symptoms, medication doses, and blood levels. Weekly improvement was evaluated by Kaplan-Meier survival analysis of Clinical Global Impressions scale scores. Variables associated with "remission" versus "nonremission" were examined by logistic regression.

Results: Mixed mania (N=70) was more common than pure mania (N=50). No significant differences were observed in the time to remission for mixed or pure manic bipolar patients who took lithium compared with those who took divalproex or carbamazepine. In patients who remained symptomatic with lithium as a single-agent mood stabilizer despite therapeutic serum lithium levels, the addition of a second mood stabilizer led to rapid symptom improvement. Among all medication subgroups, the speed with which patients achieved therapeutic blood levels of any of these agents significantly affected the time to remission.

Conclusion: Mixed manic bipolar patients taking lithium, divalproex, or carbamazepine under naturalistic conditions remit at comparable rates. Those failing to respond to single-agent mood stabilizers often receive combinations of mood stabilizers. However, delays in optimizing
a medication regimen may attenuate short-term outcome, regardless of the mood stabilizer selected. Rapid achievement of therapeutic blood levels of any antimanic agent appears to be strongly related to swift symptom remission.