One in three Americans take meds with depressive side effects

Alto  Getty Images Stock image of woman holding birth control pills

Alto Getty Images Stock image of woman holding birth control pills

Since the drugs are so common, people may be unaware of their potential depressive effects, said the report in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Researchers at the University of IL at Chicago analyzed data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, a large and nationally representative dataset, which contains information on the medications used by 26,00 American adults between 2005 and 2014.

Prescriptions for drugs including painkillers and blood pressure medications may carry a risk for depression, a new study finds.

The report was released one week after USA health authorities said suicides have risen 30 percent in the past two decades, with about half of suicides among people who were not known to suffer from mental illness.

The study numerous drugs listed were used concurrently, which increased the risk of experiencing depression.

For example, 15 percent who took three or more of these drugs reported depression, compared to 7 percent who took only one drug with ties to the mood disorder, Qato said. Earlier research from the same team showed that hormonal birth control is linked with a 70% higher risk of depression (that's relative risk; it means if 10 women not taking the drugs develop depression, then 17 women on the medication will).

According to a new study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, about one-third of United States adults may unknowingly be taking meds that have depression or suicide as a side effect. However, they often come with side effects.

"Use of antacids with potential depression adverse effects, like proton pump inhibitors and H2 antagonists, increased from five percent to 10 percent in the same period", said the study.

In the year 2005-2006, 35 percent of the participants had been taking a prescription drug with depression listed as a potential side effect, but less decade a later, in 2013-2014, this figure jumped to 38.4 percent. The researchers have not established any causal relationship between the drugs they identified in the study and depression - they merely pointed out a correlation.

"People are not only increasingly using these medicines alone, but are increasingly using them simultaneously, yet very few of these drugs have warning labels, so until we have public or system-level solutions, it is left up to patients and health care professionals to be aware of the risks", Qato added.

"With depression as one of the leading causes of disability and increasing national suicide rates, we need to think innovatively about depression as a public health issue, and this study provides evidence that patterns of medication use should be considered in strategies that seek to eliminate, reduce or minimize the impact of depression in our daily lives", she said.

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