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New perspectives in the treatment of acute mania: a single case report.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, University of Munich, Germany.


1. There is increasing evidence that standard treatment of mania with lithium or neuroleptics fails in many subtypes of mania, e.g. dysphoric mania or rapid cycling, and new strategies are needed. 2. This single case report reports on possibilities and pitfalls in alternative attempts to tackle a severe manic syndrome successfully. 3. In this patient, lamotrigine and valproate, the latter only in an i.v. formulation, led to a relief from mania. 4. It is concluded that the success of this treatment may be due to a common underlying mechanism of action of these drugs, most likely on the level of ion channel regulation, and that further experience with alternative formulations of standard treatments such as valproate i.v. should be collected.

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