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Depression Is A Potential Side Effect Of Over 200 Common Prescription Drugs, Scientists Warn

Depression Is A Potential Side Effect Of Over 200 Common Prescription Drugs, Scientists Warn


Chicago, 13 June 2018: One-third of adults in the U.S. may be unwittingly using prescription drugs that could cause depression or raise the risk of suicide, a study has found.
 
A team of scientists at the University of Illinois at Chicago warned that over 200 commonly prescribed drugs carry warnings that depression or suicide are potential side effects.
 
But patients and clinicians may be unaware of this link because the drugs may treat conditions unrelated to depression or mental health. Those include some painkillers; blood pressure and heart medication; hormonal birth control pills; proton pump inhibitors; and antacids.
 
The study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association is thought to be the first to reveal that polypharmacy—where several drugs are taken at once—is associated with a heightened risk of depressive symptoms.Newsweek