have high blood sugar and am trying to combat the problem at the same time
Is there any drug used for bipolar that does not raise blood sugar?
Question posted by randy53 on 28 May 2012
Last updated on 30 May 2012
Hi, obviously everyone reacts to medications differently, but i just wanted to tell you that i take Seroquel XR/Quetiapine(sp?) and have never had a problem with raised blood sugar levels. Maybe you could ask you doctor/pharmacist about this medication?
To my knowledge, none of the SSRI's or SNRI meds increase blood sugar levels.
As the previous poster stated, a lot of other meds do. In my bipolar life time, a lot of treatment regimes have changed.
Best person to ask about that issue would be your favorite pharmacist. It's their job to know.
All atypical antipsychotics carry a black box warning on their prescribing labels advising that these drugs can increase the risk of high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) and diabetes. (Olanzapine is more likely to cause high blood sugar levels than other atypical antipsychotic medicines.) Atypical antipsychotics include clozapine, olanzapine, risperidone , paliperidone , quetiapine, aripiprazole, and ziprasidone.
Other options are Lithium and the anti-seizure drugs Valproate, Lamotrigine and Carbamazepine. Other anti-seizure drugs used for bipolar include Gabapentin , Zonisamide and Topiramate . To date, it is not clear if any of these newer drugs are useful for the treatment of acute mania.
Antidepressants including SSRI's (eg Fluoxetine) and Bupropion may be on benefit in certain patients.
You are best to discuss your treatment options with your doctor.
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