Identifying Profiles of Patients With Bipolar I Disorder Who Would Benefit From Maintenance Therapy With a Long-Acting Injectable Antipsychotic.J Clin Psychiatry. 2020 06 16; 81(4)JC
People with bipolar I disorder experience an illness course marked by potentially disastrous manic episodes, disabling depressive episodes, and functional impairment. A frequent obstacle to wellness in these individuals is nonadherence to treatment. Long-acting injectable (LAI) antipsychotics have the potential to address nonadherence and thereby increase patients' chances at sustained recovery and normal psychosocial functioning. LAI formulations of 2 second-generation antipsychotics-aripiprazole monohydrate and risperidone-have received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration as monotherapy or adjunctive therapy to lithium or valproate for the maintenance treatment of bipolar I disorder in adult patients. In a recent roundtable meeting, a panel of 4 experts discussed the use of these medications in bipolar I disorder. This Academic Highlights summarizes their discussion, which included the impact of functional impairment, the potential benefits of employing an LAI antipsychotic at earlier stages of bipolar illness, and the characteristics of patients who may be good candidates for treatment with an LAI antipsychotic.