Current Psychiatry Reports

, Volume 9, Issue 6, pp 521-528

First online:

Weight gain and metabolic issues of medicines used for bipolar disorder

  • Andrea FagioliniAffiliated withWestern Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Email author 
  • , K. N. Roy Chengappa

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Patients with bipolar disorder are at high risk of gaining weight and developing metabolic illnesses, and pharmacologic treatment for the disorder may significantly increase this risk. This paper reviews the literature on the metabolic consequences of the medications used in bipolar disorder and describes the possible strategies to prevent, monitor, and treat the common metabolic illnesses that patients with bipolar disorder may develop during treatment.