Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Bipolar Disorder Health Center

Font Size

Tricyclic Antidepressants for Bipolar Disorder

Older tricyclic antidepressants used for treating bipolar disorder may be more likely to trigger a manic episode or rapid cycling than other depression drugs. They are prescribed with mood stabilizers to minimize this chance.

Tricyclic antidepressants include:

Recommended Related to Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder and Sleep Problems

Changes in sleep that last for more than two weeks or interfere with your life can point to an underlying condition. Of course, many things may contribute to sleep problems. Here's what you need to know about the many connections between bipolar disorder and sleep and what you can do to improve your sleep.

Read the Bipolar Disorder and Sleep Problems article > >

Tricyclic antidepressants work by increasing levels of the mood chemicals serotonin and norepinephrine in the brain. However, because they increase the risk of mania or rapid cycling -- as well as heart problems if you take heart medication -- these drugs are not always recommended for bipolar disorder.

 

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on October 02, 2012

Today on WebMD

bipolar overview slideshow
Article
brain food
SLIDESHOW
 
Bipolar or Schizophrenia
Article
Woman lost in thought at the beach
Article
 
Feeling Ups and Downs
HEALTH CHECK
Foods to Avoid
Article
 
Anger And Depression
Video
Bipolar or Schizo
Video
 
Women and Bipolar
Article
Bipolar Symptoms
VIDEO
 
What is Mania
Article
MRI of a human brain
Slideshow