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How sedatiing is the effect of the medication for bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness)?

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Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry
6 doctors agree

In brief: Variable

Some of the medications used as mood stabilizers (eg seroquel) can be quite sedating which may be of benefit for mania when someone may have a decreased need for sleep.
Other mood stabilizers are usually not sedating (eg Abilify (aripiprazole) and lamictal). Others may be sedating for some individuals and not for others (eg lithium, depakote, trileptal, tegretol, or topomax).

In brief: Variable

Some of the medications used as mood stabilizers (eg seroquel) can be quite sedating which may be of benefit for mania when someone may have a decreased need for sleep.
Other mood stabilizers are usually not sedating (eg Abilify (aripiprazole) and lamictal). Others may be sedating for some individuals and not for others (eg lithium, depakote, trileptal, tegretol, or topomax).
Dr. John Moranville
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Dr. QH TRAN
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Many

Mood stabilizers are sedating but could be given at night to help with sedation.
Sometimes the sedative effect helps for manic patients who have insomnia.

In brief: Many

Mood stabilizers are sedating but could be given at night to help with sedation.
Sometimes the sedative effect helps for manic patients who have insomnia.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry

In brief: Totally depends onw

which medications are used.
Meds fall into classes of mood stabilizers (Lithium?/ anticonvulsants like valproic acid, divalproex or lamotrigine) & atypical antipsychotics (Quetiapine, aripiprazole, olanzapine or risperidone).

In brief: Totally depends onw

which medications are used.
Meds fall into classes of mood stabilizers (Lithium?/ anticonvulsants like valproic acid, divalproex or lamotrigine) & atypical antipsychotics (Quetiapine, aripiprazole, olanzapine or risperidone).
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry

In brief: Bipolar

Depends on the medication.
Some psychotropics are sedating, such as seroquel (quetiapine) or risperdal.

In brief: Bipolar

Depends on the medication.
Some psychotropics are sedating, such as seroquel (quetiapine) or risperdal.
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