Current Psychiatry Reports

, Volume 9, Issue 6, pp 521–528

Weight gain and metabolic issues of medicines used for bipolar disorder


DOI: 10.1007/s11920-007-0071-1

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Fagiolini, A. & Chengappa, K.N.R. Curr Psychiatry Rep (2007) 9: 521. doi:10.1007/s11920-007-0071-1


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.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Western Psychiatric Institute and ClinicUniversity of Pittsburgh Medical CenterPittsburghUSA