Meds With Depression as Adverse Side Effect Commonly Used

Millions are taking drugs, including birth control, that increase the risk of suicide

Millions are taking drugs, including birth control, that increase the risk of suicide

"The takeaway message of this study is that polypharmacy can lead to depressive symptoms and that patients and health care providers need to be aware of the risk of depression that comes with all kinds of common prescription drugs - many of which are also available over the counter", said Dima Qato, the lead author of the study. Among the most common drugs in the study, there were pills for heart and blood pressure, birth control, or painkillers.

Patients who do develop depression as a drug side effect can often switch to different prescriptions, said Dr. Barbara Mintzes, a pharmacy researcher at the University of Sydney in Australia who wasn't involved in the study. But little research has looked at the role commonly used medications may play in its development. Sometimes, the risk stems from taking several drugs at the same time. "Basically, it's saying if you take more medicines that have depression reported as a side effect, you are more likely to exhibit symptoms of depression, which I think is a bit of a no-brainer".

According to Qato, what people could take away from the study was that polypharmacy may lead to depressive symptoms.

As Americans are living longer with multiple chronic health problems, they're also becoming more likely to take a variety of prescription medications, and the potential for serious or even life-threatening side effects can rise with the number of daily pills. The likelihood of experiencing depression while taking one drug was about 7 percent compared to 5 percent if no drugs were taken.

For the study, she and her colleagues collected data on men and women who took part in the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 2005 and 2014.

More than a third of the people who took the survey were taking medications known to have depression or suicidal thoughts as potential side effects.


These include drugs for birth control, heartburn, allergies, pain and high blood pressure. These findings persisted when the researchers excluded anyone using psychotropic medications, considered an indicator of underlying depression unrelated to medication use. The PHQ-9 is used to ask the study participants about appetite, mood, and their sleep habits.

According to the AFP, the JAMA report was released one week after United States health authorities said suicides have risen 30 percent in the past two decades, with about half of the suicides among people who had no history of mental illness.

AUBREY: The findings are notable given how many people take drugs that are linked to depression.

Over the decade, Qato and colleagues found that 37 percent of USA adults, on average, took medications associated with depression. He's national leader for mental health and wellness at Kaiser Permanente.

"The best thing people can do if they're concerned is to go and have a talk to their GP", Dr Kyle said.

MORDECAI: Such as changing your diet, limiting your salt intake, increasing exercise.

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