Bipolar Disorder and Benzodiazepines
Effect of Benzodiazepines on Bipolar Disorder
Since agitation and insomnia can be symptoms of biopolar/manic depressive disorder, benzodiazepines can be useful in helping to treat those symptoms.
Some common types of benzodiazepines used for the treatment of biopolar disorder are:
Side Effects and Warnings
Do not take with alcohol or other sedating drugs. Do not take if you must drive a vehicle or operate machinery. Benzodiazepines should not be taken in combination with certain oral antifungal medications or by people with certain types of glaucoma.
Possible side effects of benzodiazepines include:
- Difficulty walking
- Respiratory depression (decreasing breathing)
These drugs should not be used more than prescribed since they may cause or worsen problems with memory, a symptom experienced by most people with Alzheimer’s disease. These drugs should also not be stopped abruptly since serious side effects, such as seizures, may result.