In 3 Americans Take Medication With Depression As Potential Side Effect

Is your antacid making you depressed? Study shows alarming effects from common medications

A new study shows that many Americans are unaware of the depressive side effects of many common medications

The researchers discovered that 200 commonly used medications have depression and suicide listed as side effects, including common birth control, painkillers, and antacid drugs.

The researchers, from the University of IL at Chicago, looked at how more than 26,000 people from 2005 to 2014 used medications.

Health professionals are issuing a disturbing warning about common medications after finding that hundreds of drugs are putting people at risk for developing depression. The researchers warned that this approach meant that conclusions could not be drawn about cause-and-effect relationships, pointing out that the questionnaires did not take into account possible antecedents of depression.

The study authors looked at more than 26,000 adults between 2005 and 2014, and found that those using the drugs had significantly higher rates of depression than those who did not.

"Many may be surprised to learn that their medications, despite having nothing to do with mood or anxiety or any other condition normally associated with depression, can increase their risk of experiencing depressive symptoms, and may lead to a depression diagnosis", said Dima Qato, the study's lead author and a pharmacy researcher and assistant professor at the University of IL at Chicago, in a released statement. "We're just showing that if you're already taking them, you are more likely to be depressed", he says.

He also advised people not to stop taking medication out of fear they may develop depression, particularly because so many on the list are used for long-term treatment. The risk for depression also increases when taking several of these drugs at the same time.

"The use of multiple medications associated with a potential risk for depression or suicidal symptoms is increasing and may be contributing to the growing problem of depression", said lead researcher Dima Mazen Qato.

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This study does not prove medications with depression as a potential side effect actually cause the disorder or increase suicidal risk.

Roane cautioned, however, "that while a medication may contribute to depression, stopping the drug is not going to be enough to treat the depression".

"If you were not taking a medication that had [depression] listed as a side effect, in that survey you had a 5 percent chance of depression", CBS News medical contributor Dr. Tara Narula told "CBS This Morning" on Wednesday. "Many may be surprised to learn that their medications, despite having nothing to do with mood or anxiety or any other condition normally associated with depression, can increase their risk of experiencing depressive symptoms, and may lead to a depression diagnosis", she said in a statement.

AUBREY: The findings are notable given how many people take drugs that are linked to depression. He's national leader for mental health and wellness at Kaiser Permanente.

AUBREY: Mordecai says if you start a new medicine, keep track of changes and how you feel.

AUBREY: Strategies that could help you feel better and reduce the risk of depression.

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