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Can illicit drug use affect bipolar disorder?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Some illegal drugs can cause or exacerbate symptoms and episodes of bipolar disorder. Drugs such as cocaine and amphetamines have been known to cause mania. If someone already has bipolar disorder, use of these drugs can trigger an episode. It is important that a person with bipolar disorder reports all drugs and medication to their doctor because these an even some legal drugs, such as many anti-depressants, can worsen this condition.

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