One-third of adults in U.S. taking drugs that may cause depression

“More than one-third of adults in the U.S. take prescription drugs not knowing they could potentially cause depression or increase the risk of suicide, a new study finds” writes Brett Molina for They found that more than 200 commonly used prescription drugs have depression or suicide listed as potential side effects.Qato hopes the research leads to improved warnings on how these prescription medications could lead to depression.Researchers found about 15% of adults who simultaneously used three or more of these medications experienced depression, compared to 5% of people who did not use any of the drugs.The types of medications include hormonal birth control medications, blood pressure and heart medications, proton pump inhibitors, antacids and painkillers.

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