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Tratamiento de mantenimiento eficaz: romper el ciclo del trastorno bipolar

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  12 May 2020

Guy Goodwin
Departamento de Psiquiatría, Hospital Warneford, Universidad de Oxford, Oxford, Reino Unido
Eduard Vieta
Hospital Clínico, Universidad de Barcelona, Barcelona, España
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Las directrices clínicas para el tratamiento y la investigation del trastorno bipolar se benefician mucho de la síntesis de datos de los estudios individuales. La Asociación Británica para la Psicofarmacología basa sus directrices en datos que van desde las opiniones (nivel D) hasta las revisiones sistemáticas de datos de ensayos primarios (nivel A). El informe detalla las conclusiones de su reunión de consenso de un día para el desarrollo de directrices que cubran el diagnóstico, el tratamiento clínico, la farmacoterapia para los episodios agudos, la prevención de recaídas y la interrupción del tratamiento. Se prefiere la monoterapia para el tratamiento a largo plazo, al haber reducido los efectos secundarios y las interacciones farmacológicas y mejorado el cumplimiento. Para los episodios agudos, se prefiere a menudo terapia de combinatión, utilizando antipsicóticos para la manía o antidepresivos para la depresión. El aumento de eficacia se puede atribuir a mecanismos múltiples de actión y las dosis potencialmente más bajas. En la práctica chínica, la monoterapia de mantenimiento tiene éxito limitado para los episodios crónicos y se utiliza con frecuencia la polifarmacia, aunque no está claro cuál es la mejor combinación. Se requiere un nuevo enfoque en colaboración basado en ensayos chínicos simples para cambiar la práctica médica actual.

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