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21 Dec 2004

Bipolar Mood Disorder: Medication
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I'm being treated for Bipolar Mood Disorder. Use Ciprimal and Degranol. Have trouble sleeping. Can I use "Tripolene"? I'm Diabetic too... Use Insulin (Novomix) and Glucophage. (37 Male).
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CyberShrink
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01 Jan 0001

Let's see. As Liza says, best is to discuss this in some detail with your own psychiatrist, who has had the advantage of knowing you and your conditions in detail.
Cipramil is an effective SSRI antidepressant, and Degranol is a generic form of Carbamazepine, a mood-stabolizing drug used in treating Bipolar Disorder.
Trepiline is a generic form of Amitriptylene, a tricyclic, old-fashioned type of antidepressant, which has more side-effects that Cipramil, and can affect blood sugar levels, so maybe not the best choice in diabetes. It can be VERY sedative.
Better to try, first, non-drug methods of enhancing your sleeping ( check out the Archives of this Forum, as we've discussed these methods often ). Avoid stimulants, including COla, Tea, and coffee after around 4 pm, try warm milky drinks at night, etc. If medication is needed, briefly, specifically to help induce sleep, better to use one like Stilnox, which is safer, and designed to be gone before morning, avoiding hangover effects the next day.
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