Aripiprazole in the treatment of pediatric bipolar disorder: A systematic chart review

Joseph Biederman, Mary Ann McDonnell, Janet Wozniak, Thomas Spencer, Megan Aleardi, Richard Falzone, Eric Mick

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Background: Pediatric bipolar diorder is a serious neuropsychiatric disorder asociated with high levels of morbidity and disabilty. Objective: This is a systematic chart review of all outpatient youth with the diagnosis of bipolar disorder and bipolar spectrum disorder treated with aripiprazole either alone or as add-on to ongoing treatments. Method: Medical records were reviewed to identify all subjects with bipolar and bipolar spectrum disorder prescribed aripiprazole in our clinic. During the chart review, the Clinical Global Impression scale was completed by the treating clinicians to determine usefullness. Results: Forty-one youths (mean age ± SD: 11.4±3.5 years) with bipolar spectrum disorder who had been treated with aripiprazole were identified. These children received a mean daily dose of aripiprazole 16.0±7.9 mg over an average of 4.6 months. Using a Clinical Global Impression-Improvement scale score of <2 (very much/much improved) to define robust improvement, 71% showed improvement in manic symptoms. Treatment with aripiprazole was well tolerated. Conclusion: This study suggests that aripiprazole may be a useful and well-tolerated treatment for youth with bipolar disorder and it supports the need for controlled clinical trials of this compound in juvenile mania.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-148
Number of pages8
JournalCNS Spectrums
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2005
Externally publishedYes


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