Psychotropic medications for patients with bipolar disorder in the United States: polytherapy and adherence.

@article{Baldessarini2008PsychotropicMF,
  title={Psychotropic medications for patients with bipolar disorder in the United States: polytherapy and adherence.},
  author={Ross J. Baldessarini and Henry J. Henk and Ami R Sklar and Jane E. Myers Chang and Leslie Leahy},
  journal={Psychiatric services},
  year={2008},
  volume={59 10},
  pages={1175-83}
}
OBJECTIVE Because treatments for bipolar disorder include a growing number of psychotropic agents, the authors evaluated psychotropic polytherapy and adherence to treatment among U.S. patients with bipolar disorder. METHODS National health plan claims data (2000-2004) were used to identify patients diagnosed as having bipolar disorder who had continuous benefits and had not been prescribed medication for bipolar disorder for six months or more. The study compared drugs dispensed to these… CONTINUE READING