Inositol monophosphatase is widely held to be the therapeutic target for inhibition by lithium ion in the treatment of bipolar disorder. In a continued effort to improve the bioavailability of alternative inhibitors, we have designed and tested two new series of compounds; phosphonates and product-like mimics. Phosphonate substrate mimics were competitive inhibitors of reduced potency as compared to phosphate based inhibitors. Product mimics however, showed various inhibitory modes of action. The 6-butylamino derivative 6p was an uncompetitive inhibitor when acting alone (K(i)= 0.3 mM) but displayed non-competitive inhibition in the presence of inorganic phosphate. This compound represents a new lead in the search for a viable replacement for lithium ion therapy.