Introduction Adverse events (AEs) monitoring of mood stabilizers (MS) is essential during the treatment of mood disorders as safety and tolerability profiles of MS may greatly influence treatment adherence, patient's compliance, and discontinuation rate. Therefore, clinicians should be aware of their AEs profile and tapering a variety of strategies to manage them, according to an evidence-based approach. Areas covered We aimed at critically summarizing the tolerability and safety profile for each nonantipsychotic MS, providing evidence-based strategies able to manage these AEs, in order to increase clinically useful strategies which may allow clinicians enhancing adherence and therapeutic compliance, the impact on quality of life and treatment efficacy in psychiatric conditions. Expert opinion The management of the safety and tolerability profile of each MS comprises an initial assessment of the symptoms/signs to be observed/measured during the therapy, including a psychoeducational activity, a periodical monitoring with a specific timing depending on clinical parameters and each prescribed MS, but also an evaluation if a treatment modification (in terms of dose adjustment, discontinuation or additional medication to be prescribed) is required as well as which combination therapy is allowed and which caution should be posed by clinicians in some special conditions, including pregnancy and breastfeeding.
The 'collateral side' of mood stabilizers: safety and evidence-based strategies for managing side effects / Orsolini, Laura; Pompili, Simone; Volpe, Umberto. - In: EXPERT OPINION ON DRUG SAFETY. - ISSN 1474-0338. - 19:11(2020), pp. 1461-1495. [10.1080/14740338.2020.1820984]