Comparison of carbamazepine and lithium in treatment of birolar disorder: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials

Comparison of carbamazepine and lithium in treatment of birolar disorder: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials

Author Ceron-Litvoc, Daniela Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Soares, Bernardo Garcia Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Geddes, John Google Scholar
Litvoc, Julio Google Scholar
Lima, Mauricio Silva de Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Institution Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Univ Oxford
Universidade de São Paulo (USP)
Abstract Objectives To review data from randomized controlled trials (RCTs) assessing the comparative efficacy of carbamazepine and lithium in treatment of acute manic and maintenance phase of bipolar disorder (BD).Design RCTs were identified through a search strategy that included: electronic databases, reference cross-checking, hand search of non-indexed publications. and book chapters on the treatment of BD comparing carbamazepine with lithium. Outcomes investigated were antimanic effect. trial withdrawal, relapse, hospitalization, need for rescue medication, and presence of adverse effects. Selection of studies and data analysis were performed independently by authors. Whenever possible, data from trials were combined through meta-analyses. Relative risks (RR) were estimated for dichotomous data.Results in acute mania. carbamazepine was similar to lithium oil the following Outcomes: trial withdrawal due to adverse effects, number of participants with at least one adverse effect. improvement in the Clinical Global Impression (CGI). in acute mania, carbamazepine was associated with fewer trial withdrawals. in maintenance treatment. carbamazepine was similar to lithium in relapses and hospitalization. but there were fewer trial withdrawals due to adverse effects on lithium.Conclusion This review suggests that carbamazepine might be comparable to lithium in terms of efficacy and safety. and therefore it valuable option in the treatment of both manic and maintenance phases. Copyright (c) 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Keywords carbamzepine
mood disorder
Language English
Date 2009-01-01
Published in Human Psychopharmacology-clinical and Experimental. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons Ltd, v. 24, n. 1, p. 19-28, 2009.
ISSN 0885-6222 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Extent 19-28
Access rights Closed access
Type Review
Web of Science ID WOS:000262707100002

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