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Activity Dates: 04/24/2020 - 04/24/2023

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Target Audience

This course is designed for pharmacists, nurse practitioners or other health care professionals involved in the comprehensive medication management of psychiatric and/or neurological patients.

Session Summary

Bipolar I disorder occurs in approximately 1% of the population, with approximately 3-4% suffering from bipolar-spectrum disorders. The predominant polarity and reason for disability in bipolar disorder is bipolar depression. The identification, differentiation from unipolar depression and management of bipolar depression is complicated. In particular, “bimodal” mood stabilizers that are equally effective for mania and depression are rare and antidepressants run the risk of activation of induction of mania. This presentation will summarize the latest evidence on the identification and management of people with bipolar depression, including balancing efficacy and adverse effect considerations.

Course Requirements

You will proceed through the following steps to satisfactorily complete this course:

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  • Review the full content of the activity and reflect upon its teachings.
  • Complete the post-test at the end of the activity no later than the closing activity date. (sign in first)
  • Complete the evaluation at the end of the activity. (sign in first)
  • If necessary, complete the post-test retest no later than the closing activity date. (sign in first)
  • Receive a passing grade (70%).
  • Provide the necessary details in your profile to ensure correct reporting by CPNP to CPE Monitor. (sign in first)

Upon successful completion, ACPE credit is reported within 24 hours to CPE Monitor although transcripts can be retrieved by participants online in their ACPE Transcript.

Faculty Information and Disclosures

Learning Objectives

  1. Define the differences between bipolar depression and unipolar depression.
  2. Identify effective treatments for bipolar depression from different medication classes.
  3. Rank order the level of evidence and efficacy of different monotherapies and combination therapies.
  4. Interpret the different adverse effect risks associated with different treatment regimens.

Continuing Education Credit and Disclosures

Activity Dates: 04/24/2020 - 04/24/2023
ACPE Contact Hours: 1.0
ACPE Number: 0284-0000-20-022-H01-P (Knowledge)
Nursing Credit Reminder: Note that ACPE credit is accepted for certification renewal.

ACPEThe College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.