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Freedom1964: only Bipolar because of sertraline


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Hi, I've been medication-free for 14 years and I've just written to the psychiatrist who originally diagnosed me with Bipolar 1 in 2002 to see if I can get the diagnosis overturned because my mania was caused by sertraline.

I'd be very interested to hear from other members who were never manic before being on antidepressants.

2000-2002 sertraline

2002 sodium valproate

2002-2004 sertraline

2004-2007 lithium

2007 lithium taper beginning July, completed September.

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Hello, and welcome to the forum. Congratulations on being psych med free!  That is a major accomplishment.  


Here is a thread on this forum where members talk about mania and bipolar: 


Bipolar, Mood Swings, Mania, Hypomania, Depression


We also have an extensive forum called "Introductions and Updates" where all the members share their stories and drug and tapering history.  To find information there, I suggest you do the following google searches: 


survivingantidepressants.org mania

survivingantidepressants.org mania SSRI 

survivingantidepressants.org mania adverse effect

survivingantidepressants.org mania sertraline


You may think of some other google searches.  Good luck, and I'll bet you will find plenty of other people who had mania while on antidepressants.  


Edited by getofflex

Please do not tag me, unless it is an urgent question about tapering or reinstatement. 


***Please note this is not medical advice.  Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a doctor who understands psych meds and how to withdraw from them, if you can find one.


Lexapro   Started Apr 15 '02 - 10 mg;  Apr 2 '20  0.18 mg; Jul 16  0.17 mg, Aug 23  0.16 mg, Oct 7  0.15 mg, Nov 8 - 0.14, Jan 16 '21 - 0.13, Feb 7 - 0.12, Feb 22 - 0.11, Mar 26 - 0.10, May 21 - 0.09, June 15 - 0.08 Aug 16 - 0.07, Oct 6 - 0.06, Nov 21 0.05, Dec. 17 0.04, Jan 14 '22 0.03, Feb 19 0.02, Apr 18 0.01, May 15 0.005,  Jul 8, 0.00.  Psych Drug Free as of July 8, 2022!!  Woohoo!!!

Ibuprofen 800 mg, or Tylenol 1000 mg as needed

other meds: Levothyroxine 75 mg

Trazodone on occasion, stopped in late 2019

Xanax on occasion, stopped in late 2019

magnesium in small amounts at 4 AM, breakfast, 3 PM, before bed

suppl AM: fish oil, flax oil, vit C, vit E, calcium

suppl PM: magnesium 350 mg, GABA 750 mg, Estroven, melatonin 2.5 mg

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