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Could Zoloft trigger a severe manic episode if given to someone with bipolar disorder?

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suzanne66 14 Feb 2010

Yes... and should be used with caution in bipolar patients

This from the FDA Zoloft monograph

"... Screening Patients for Bipolar Disorder
A major depressive episode may be the initial presentation of bipolar disorder. It is generally believed (though not established in controlled trials) that treating such an episode with an antidepressant alone may increase the likelihood of precipitation of a mixed/manic episode in patients at risk for bipolar disorder. Whether any of the symptoms described above represent such a conversion is unknown. However, prior to initiating treatment with an antidepressant, patients with depressive symptoms should be adequately screened to determine if they are at risk for bipolar disorder; such screening should include a detailed psychiatric history, including a family history of suicide, bipolar disorder, and depression. It should be noted that Zoloft is not approved for use in treating bipolar depression."

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