Outcome of mood stabilizer discontinuation in bipolar disorder after 5 years of euthymia

P. S V N Sharma, Sreejayan Kongasseri, Samir Kumar Praharaj

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OBJECTIVE: The objective was to study the outcome of mood stabilizer discontinuation on recurrence in patients with bipolar disorder after at least 5 years of euthymia. METHODS: Twenty-three patients diagnosed with bipolar affective disorder according to the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision Diagnostic Criteria for Research, receiving mood stabilizer prophylaxis for at least 5 years, had undergone planned discontinuation, and the rates and time to recurrence were studied. RESULTS: Twenty (87%) of 23 patients had recurrence, and all of the episodes were manic. Kaplan-Meier survival analysis showed median time to recurrence following discontinuation of mood stabilizer prophylaxis was 10 months (SE, 6.06 months; 95% confidence interval, 0 to 21.89 months). CONCLUSION: Four fifths of our patients had recurrence following discontinuation of mood stabilizer prophylaxis within 10 months.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)504-507
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychopharmacology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2014


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Medicine(all)

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