With Vrylar’s new approval, there are now four atypicals antipsychotics with an indication in bipolar depression. Only two of these, however, are known to work in mania as well as depression. None of the atypicals stands out as the perfect choice for bipolar depression, but there are pros and cons to each that make them fitter better with certain patients.
Folic acid and l-methylfolate are two versions of the same vitamin. Both are popular for antidepressant augmentation, but one is a expensive prescription. We compared them side-by-side and found that one has a slight advantage.
Dr. Aiken is the Editor in Chief of The Carlat Psychiatry Report; director of the Mood Treatment Center in North Carolina, where he maintains a private practice combining medication and therapy along with evidence-based complementary and alternative treatments; and Assistant Professor NYU Langone Department of Psychiatry. He has worked as a research assistant at the NIMH and a sub-investigator on clinical trials, and conducts research on a shoestring budget out of his private practice. Follow him on Twitter and find him on LinkedIn.