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Information About Bipolar Disorder Treatment

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Before your child starts taking any medications, it is helpful to make a list, with your child’s doctor or another member of the treating team, of the symptoms you and your child have observed.

You should know which symptoms the medications are expected to help so that you can observe which symptoms are getting better, which are staying the same, or which are getting worse as bipolar disorder treatment proceeds.

In addition, record the emergence of any new symptoms, and discuss these with your child’s doctor. The list of symptoms will also help you differentiate between the symptoms that existed before starting bipolar disorder treatment and the symptoms that are side effects of the medications.

Once a medication has been prescribed, it is up to you to monitor its safe use. A prescribed bipolar disorder treatment often needs to be adjusted or changed before the most effective plan is found. Your child’s doctor cannot know how your child reacts to the treatment without your constant supervision and feedback. The following general tips will guide you as you work with your child’s health care team to find the right treatment program for your child.

– Before starting treatment with medications, inform your child’s doctor if your child has a history of any significant medical problems and is he or she is taking any other medications.

– If your child has been on medications for psychiatric problems before, let your child’s doctor know which medications, dosages, and the length of time your child took the medication(s)

– The medication dosage will depend on the specific medication being used, the child’s response to the medication, the presence of side effects, and sometimes the medication blood levels and the child’s weight. Most of these medications are started at very low dosage that are then slowly increased over several weeks until symptoms begin to improve. Some children may need higher or lower dosages in order to show progress in symptoms.

– Many psychiatric medications, including the medications used to treat bipolar disorder, take several weeks before a noticeable improvement in symptoms becomes evident. Discontinuing the medications prematurely may result in the loss of any improvements made, a significant delay in illness treatment, and a reemergence or worsening of symptoms. Don’t be alarmed if you and your child don’t notice improvement in symptoms right away.

– Do not change the dosage or schedule of medication without talking to your child’s doctor. It is very important that your child take his medication every day as prescribed. Ask you doctor what to do if a dosage is missed. For most medications, if a dosage is missed, wait until the next dosage is due and resume the usual schedule. Do not give your child two dosages at once. If missing dosages becomes a regular problem, contact your child’s doctor to discuss alternate treatment options.

– Do not stop a medication abruptly. Suddenly stopping a medication may result in unpleasant withdrawal symptoms and may lead to a relapse of your child’s disorder. Most medications require a gradual reduction in dosage, which should be supervised by your child’s doctor.

– The potential for accidental or purposeful overdose is present with all medications. Medication use should be supervised by an adult, and medication should be kept out of reach of young children. If you suspect that your child have an overdose contact the poison center, cal your doctor and take the child to a hospital immediately.

– Consult with your child’s doctor or nurse or pharmacist to determine whether the prescribed medications need to be stored at room temperature or in the refrigerator, if the medications should be taken with food or on an empty stomach, and if the tables can be broken in half or if the capsule’s contents can be sprinkled on food.

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