Re: How long?
This varies from person to person. It took me over a year and a half to become stabilized on Depakote with the addition of an anti-depressant and a benzo to help with my rapid cycling. It seems that once the 2 latter meds were added, it helped make all the difference. Hang in there. If you don't notice improvement in 6-8 weeks, I would notify your pdoc.
Atypical Bipolar I Disorder with Rapid Cycling
Risperdal 1mg titrating to 6mg/day
Klonopin .5mg (2x/day)
Trazodone 100mg or 200mg PRN