Many Adults Take Meds Linked Depression

More Than One-Third of Adults Take Meds That Have Depression Risk
More Than One-Third of Adults Take Meds That Have Depression Risk

Medications Where Depression is a Potential Side Effect

An estimated 37% of adults use medications where depression is a potential side effect, according to a new study. Researchers looked at 26,192 adults who participated in a national survey between 2005-2014.

Results, published in JAMA, indicated that more than one-third (37.2%) of adults use medications that have depression as a possible side effect. Over time, the percentage of people using these medications has steadily increased, going from 35% in 2005-2006 to 38.4% in 2013–2014. People were more likely to experience depression while using multiple medications that listed depressive symptoms as a side effect.

Additionally, the percentage of people using medications that are associated with suicidal symptoms increased from 17.3% in 2005-2006 to 23.5% in 2013-2014.

Overall, adults reported using more than 200 medications that have been associated with depression or suicidal behavior as adverse effects, including anti-hypertensives (blood pressure meds), proton pump inhibitors (used to control acid reflux), pain medications and hormonal contraceptives.

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