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A 32-year-old member asked:

If i stop taking my bipolar medications, will i become depressed or manic right away?

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Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 26 years experience
Hard to know: Some people would become ill right away and others would not. In general side effects of medications go away rapidly but the effectiveness of medications takes longer to fade so often people feel somewhat better when they first go off medications but then can become as sick or sicker then they were before. Part of the challenge is that people are sometimes unaware that they are ill (anosognosia).
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 52 years experience
Maybe: It depends on the medication(s). Some may take a few days to offset, others may offset longer. Why are you asking about stopping your bipolar medications? Are you having side effects? Are they not working? Please discuss this with your doctor.
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