Mini-quiz: Bipolar Depression in Women

October 23, 2013

Why is it important to exercise caution in the treatment of bipolar depression, especially in young women? Take the quiz and learn more.

Why is it important to exercise caution in the treatment of bipolar depression, especially in young women? Take the quiz and learn more.

 

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Answer: C. Divalproex. Although divalproex is often prescribed for bipolar depression, it is also considered by some clinicians to be contraindicated in young women. The medication may increase the rate of polycystic ovary syndrome, and-given the impulsivity often associated with bipolar disorder-the relatively high teratogenicity of divalproex can pose a potential problem.

For more on information, please see “Understanding and Treating Bipolar Depression,” by Caleb Adler, MD, on which this quiz is based.