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Can medications for bipolar disorder cause sleepiness?

Ruth White, MPH
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Most bipolar medications can cause sedation and daytime fatigue. Often these side effects are seen to occur during the first few days or weeks after starting the medication. This side effect can be problematic, but can also be helpful, if the sedation occurs at night (and thus can help a person fall asleep). However, if the sedation lasts into the day, this may interfere with feeling alert (impacting one's ability to work or go to school). It is very rare that the sedation can interfere with the ability to drive safely.
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