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Chronic Headache and the Bipolar Patient

Dr. Bill McCarberg asks, “Do you think primary care physicians are capable of handling patients who require mood stabilizers and prescribing the appropriate doses?” Dr. Lawrence Robbins replies, “Primary care doctors are very well suited to do this.”

Three classes of medications:

  • Lithium (vastly underused, and probably the most effective)
  • Atypicals (eg, quetiapine, aripiprazole)
  • Anti-seizure drugs (eg, depakote)

Dr. Robbins shares his expertise about the use of these drugs, including combining medications for maximum patient benefit.

Last updated on: November 7, 2013
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