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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:

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If you have bipolar disorder, no one needs to tell you how challenging this mental illness can be. You are among millions of American adults who may also find that the extreme mood swings of bipolar disorder can be very disruptive at work. Take heart. There are many steps you can take to find meaningful work and develop successful relationships on -- and off -- the job.

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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.

 

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Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on October 02, 2012

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