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About Bipolar Disorder in Pediatric Patients (10 to 17 Years)

For many patients with bipolar depression, the need for diagnosis and appropriate treatment starts before adulthood

Among adults diagnosed with bipolar disorder, onset in childhood or adolescence is common1-3

Adult Patients Experiencing Bipolar Disorder - Onset During Childhood or Adolescence Chart

  • Early-onset bipolar disorder is associated with poorer long-term prognosis and increased risk of suicide compared with adult-onset bipolar disorder.3

Earlier onset of bipolar disorder is associated with significantly longer delay to treatment2,4,5

Onset of Bipolar Disorder Before 19 Years of Age Delays Treatment Chart

  • Delay to first treatment of bipolar disorder is independently associated with more time depressed, greater severity of depression, greater number of episodes, more days of rapid cycling, and fewer days stable2,4
  • Prolonged delays to treatment may also be associated with increased risk of relapse and treatment resistance, particularly in depressive symptoms4

Symptoms of bipolar disorder may be misattributed or misdiagnosed in children and adolescents1,6

  • Bipolar disorder in children and adolescents can be misdiagnosed, often as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder or major depressive disorder5
  • Childhood and adolescent bipolar disorder may be marked by extreme irritability, which can be a manifestation of both depression and mania1,7
    • In a depressive episode, irritability may be associated with expressions of self-hatred, low self-esteem, and self-destructive statements and actions7
    • In a manic episode, irritability may have a more hostile quality7
  • Furthermore, rapid cycling and mixed episodes are common in children and adolescents with bipolar disorder.1

Depressive symptoms are typically experienced first—and more frequently—in the course of bipolar disorder8-11

Relapse for Bipolar Disorder in Pediatric Patients Rates Chart

  • Similar to the adult population, bipolar disorder in children and adolescents often presents with an initial depressive episode8-11
  • Rates of relapse are high among children and adolescents with bipolar disorder, typically associated with depressive symptoms11 


1. Chang K. Challenges in the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric bipolar depression. Dialogues Clin Neurosci. 2009;11:73-80.
2. Leverich GS, Post RM, Keck PE Jr, et al. The poor prognosis of childhood-onset bipolar disorder. J Pediatr. 2007;150:485-490.
3. Perlis RH, Miyahara S, Marangell LB, et al. Long-term implications of early onset in bipolar disorder: data from the first 1000 participants in the Systematic Treatment Enhancement Program for Bipolar Disorder (STEP-BD). Biol Psychiatry. 2004;55:875-881.
4. Post RM, Leverich GS, Kupka RW, et al. Early-onset bipolar disorder and treatment delay are risk factors for poor outcome in adulthood. J Clin Psychiatry. 2010;71:864-872.
5. Post RM, Altshuler LL, Kupka R, et al. More childhood onset bipolar disorder in the United States than Canada or Europe: implications for treatment and prevention. Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 2017;74:204-213.
6. Chilakamarri JK, Filkowski MM, Ghaemi SN. Misdiagnosis of bipolar disorder in children and adolescents: a comparison with ADHD and major depressive disorder. Ann Clin Psychiatry. 2011;23:25-29.
7. Wozniak J, Biederman J, Richards JA. Diagnostic and therapeutic dilemmas in the management of pediatric-onset bipolar disorder. J Clin Psychiatry. 2001;62(suppl 14):10-15.
8. Suppes T, Leverich GS, Keck PE Jr, et al. The Stanley Foundation Bipolar Treatment Outcome Network II: demographics and illness characteristics of the first 261 patients. J Affect Disord. 2001;67:45-59.
9. Judd LL, Akiskal HS, Schettler PJ, et al. The long-term natural history of the weekly symptomatic status of bipolar I disorder. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2002;59:530-537.
10. Etain B, Lajnef M, Bellivier F, et al. Clinical expression of bipolar disorder type I as a function of age and polarity at onset: convergent findings in samples from France and the United States. J Clin Psychiatry. 2012;73:e561-e566.
11. Birmaher B, Axelson D, Goldstein B, et al. Four-year longitudinal course of children and adolescents with bipolar spectrum disorders: the Course and Outcome of Bipolar Youth (COBY) study. Am J Psychiatry. 2009;166:795-804.



Increased Mortality in Elderly Patients with Dementia-Related Psychosis
Elderly patients with dementia-related psychosis treated with antipsychotic drugs are at an increased risk of death. LATUDA is not approved for the treatment of patients with dementia-related psychosis.

Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors
Antidepressants increased the risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior in pediatric and young adults in short-term studies. Closely monitor all antidepressant-treated patients for clinical worsening, and for emergence of suicidal thoughts and behaviors.


CONTRAINDICATIONS: LATUDA is contraindicated in the following:

Cerebrovascular Adverse Reactions, Including Stroke: In clinical trials, elderly subjects with dementia randomized to risperidone, aripiprazole, and olanzapine had a higher incidence of stroke and transient ischemic attack, including fatal stroke. LATUDA is not approved for the treatment of patients with dementia-related psychosis.

Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS): NMS is a potentially fatal symptom complex reported with administration of antipsychotic drugs. Clinical signs of NMS are hyperpyrexia, muscle rigidity, altered mental status, and evidence of autonomic instability. Additional signs may include elevated creatine phosphokinase, myoglobinuria (rhabdomyolysis), and acute renal failure. Manage NMS with immediate discontinuation of antipsychotic drugs, including LATUDA, intensive symptomatic treatment and monitoring.

Tardive Dyskinesia (TD): The risk of developing TD (a syndrome of abnormal involuntary movements) and the potential for it to become irreversible are believed to increase as the duration of treatment and total cumulative dose of antipsychotic increase. The syndrome can develop, although much less commonly, after relatively brief treatment periods at low doses or may even arise after discontinuation of treatment. The syndrome may remit, partially or completely, if antipsychotic treatment is withdrawn.

Metabolic Changes Atypical antipsychotic drugs have caused metabolic changes including:

Hyperglycemia and Diabetes Mellitus: Hyperglycemia, in some cases extreme and associated with ketoacidosis or hyperosmolar coma or death, has been reported in patients treated with atypical antipsychotics. Patients with diabetes should be regularly monitored for worsening of glucose control; those with risk factors for diabetes should undergo fasting blood glucose testing at the beginning of and periodically during treatment. Any patient treated with atypical antipsychotics should be monitored for symptoms of hyperglycemia, including polydipsia, polyuria, polyphagia, and weakness. Patients who develop symptoms of hyperglycemia should undergo fasting blood glucose testing. In some cases, hyperglycemia has resolved when the atypical antipsychotic was discontinued; however, some patients required continuation of anti-diabetic treatment despite discontinuation of the suspect drug.

Dyslipidemia: Undesirable alterations in lipids have been observed in patients treated with atypical antipsychotics.

Weight Gain: Weight gain has been observed with atypical antipsychotic use. Clinical monitoring of weight is recommended.

Hyperprolactinemia: As with other drugs that antagonize dopamine D2 receptors, LATUDA elevates prolactin levels. Galactorrhea, amenorrhea, gynecomastia, and impotence have been reported in patients receiving prolactin-elevating compounds.

Leukopenia, Neutropenia, and Agranulocytosis: Leukopenia/neutropenia has been reported with antipsychotics. Agranulocytosis (including fatal cases) has been reported with other agents in the class. Monitor complete blood count in patients with a pre-existing low white blood cell count (WBC)/absolute neutrophil count (ANC) or history of drug-induced leukopenia/neutropenia. Discontinue LATUDA at the first sign of a decline in WBC in the absence of other causative factors.

Orthostatic Hypotension and Syncope: Atypical antipsychotics cause orthostatic hypotension and syncope. Generally, the risk is greatest at the beginning of treatment and when increasing the dose. Monitor patients vulnerable to hypotension and those with cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease.

Falls: Antipsychotics may cause somnolence, postural hypotension, or motor and sensory instability, which may lead to falls, causing fractures or other injuries. For patients with disease, conditions, or medications that could exacerbate these effects, complete fall risk assessments when initiating treatment and recurrently during therapy.

Seizures: LATUDA should be used cautiously in patients with a history of seizures or with conditions that lower seizure threshold.

Potential for Cognitive and Motor Impairment: Patients should be cautioned about operating hazardous machinery, including motor vehicles, until they are reasonably certain that therapy with LATUDA does not affect them adversely.

Body Temperature Regulation: Use LATUDA with caution in patients who may experience conditions that increase body temperature (e.g., exercising strenuously, exposure to extreme heat, concomitant medication with anticholinergic activity, or being subject to dehydration).

Dysphagia: Antipsychotics, including LATUDA, have been associated with esophageal dysmotility and aspiration, and should be used with caution in patients at risk for aspiration pneumonia.

Most Commonly Observed Adverse Reactions: Commonly observed adverse reactions (≥5% incidence and at least twice the rate of placebo) for LATUDA:

To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. at 877-737-7226 or FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (


LATUDA is indicated for:

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