Study: adults use medications that lead to depression and suicide

(Alexa Lardieri/ US News and World Report) — More than one-third of adults in the United States are using prescription medications that could potentially cause depression or increase the risk of suicide.

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago found that people may be using medications with these potential risks, but because they are so common and many times don’t have anything to do with depression, health care providers and patients are unaware of the dangerous side effects.

Published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the study examined the medication-use patterns of more than 26,000 adults from 2005 to 2014. Researchers discovered that more than 200 commonly used prescription drugs, including hormonal birth control medications, blood pressure and heart medications, proton pump inhibitors, antacids and painkillers, have depression or suicide listed as potential side effects.

Researchers found that approximately 15 percent of adults who used three or more of these medications simultaneously experienced depression, compared to 5 percent not taking the drugs, 7 percent taking only one drug and 9 percent taking two drugs at the same time. (…)

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