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Is it very uncommon for a benzodiazepine to trigger mania/hypomania?

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Dr. Robert Isaacs
undefined 39 years experience
No.: Benzodiazepines tend to be calming, but excessive use can actually cause a manic or hypomanic state.
Dr. Robert Grieco
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Yes: Many things can trigger a manic / hypomanic episode but generally not benzodiazepines except in a few situations. Some can effect the metabolism of other meds, over sedation causing sleep apnea, withdrawal response if tolerance developed or abusive use. More often a manic episode is developing and the benzo hasn't helped. First symptoms mania may be mistaken for anxiety and rex with benzo.

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