Bipolar patients have high Rx burden

Complex polypharmacy

A study of patients admitted to a psychiatric hospital for bipolar disorder showed that 36 percent were taking four or more psychotropic drugs. The rate was higher for women.

A new study of patients with bipolar disorder finds that 36 percent of those who were admitted to a Rhode Island psychiatric hospital  in 2010 were receiving “complex polypharmacy” — four or more psychotropic medications — from their community providers. The polypharmacy rate was significantly higher for women. Including prescriptions for other conditions the patients may have had, the average patient was on six medications.