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can a sudden switch in medication cause mania?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Sometimes: Some types of medication have been known to trigger mania/ hypomania in patients with bipolar disorder or bipolar predisposition. Stimulants and antidepressants can sometimes be a trigger.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

What does a manic episode consist of?

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Dr. Alfredo Soto
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Many symptoms: Symptoms of a mania include loss of sleep for over 3 days with increased and excessive energy. Often there are racing thoughts, pressured speech and difficulties explaining yourself due to too many thoughts. Other symptoms include grandiose thoughts (like beliefs of having special powers or strength), a tendency to engage in dangerous and risk-taking behaviors, and at times hallucinations.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Why do I always smoke during my manic episodes?

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Dr. Leonard Spishakoff
Specializes in Addiction Medicine
Calming effect: Nicotine (smoking) xauses release of Dopamine and activation of GABA receptors which has a calming effect. Before trying to cut down smoking control of mood with mood stabilizers is of paramount importance.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to have a mania relapse?

4 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Momen El Nesr
Addiction Medicine 39 years experience
Yes: Especially, without maintenance treatment.
A 33-year-old member asked:

If 2 manic depressives are dating, do they end up cycling in sync?

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Dr. Eddie Nakhuda
Geriatrics 54 years experience
Dont know: Interesting i guess could go from complementing to contradicting each other.
A 46-year-old member asked:

How do you trigger a manic episode?

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Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 45 years experience
Complex question: Mania is characterized by racing thoughts, increased energy & sex drive, multi-tasking, decreased need for sleep & euphoria. Mania can be cause by drug abuse, lack of sleep, medications such as steroids or prescription of the wrong antidepressant, bipolar disorder & medical conditions such as thyroid problems. Lupus, some infectious diseases, and ms. Meds such as lithium and Depakote can help.

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