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A patient with rapid-cycling bipolar disorder is not responding to lithium therapy. At the next multidisciplinary team meeting, the nurse should point out that many rapid-cycling patients have been effectively treated using
 
  a. sertraline (Zoloft).
  b. phenytoin (Dilantin).
  c. benztropine (Cogentin).
  d. divalproex (Depakote).
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Valproates (like divalproex) are considered first-line agents in the treatment of mania. Valproates are especially effective in the treatment of rapid-cycling bipolar disorders. None of the other drugs mentioned are indicated for treatment of manic states.
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