Antipsychotics for Child and Teen Bipolar Disorder
Why It Is Used
Antipsychotics are used to treat manic symptoms, such as reckless and impulsive behavior, and to help stabilize moods. Antipsychotics may be used in combination with other medicines to treat bipolar disorder, like Reference mood stabilizers.
Your doctor may prescribe an antipsychotic for only a short time to help your child deal with immediate symptoms. After other long-term medicines begin to work and symptoms improve, your child may be able to taper off and stop the short-term medicine.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: May 14, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Reference David A. Axelson, MD - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry