Over 200 Common Drugs May Cause Depression, Report Warns

CHICAGO, IL (CBS Local) – Health professionals are issuing a disturbing warning about common medications after finding that hundreds of drugs are putting people at risk for developing depression.

A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association estimates that more than a third of U.S. adults use prescription drugs that list depression or suicide as potential side effects. Over 200 commonly used medications studied include birth control pills, blood pressure medications, heart medications, antacids, and painkillers.

The study found that using multiple medications increased the risk of experiencing depression further. Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago examined 26,000 adult patients from 2005 to 2014. Fifteen percent of the adults who took three or more of these medications at the same…

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