Why is Sadie so sad?
Sadie is depressed and really does not know why. Your doctor has even suggested an antidepressant.
Sadie does not know that her "safe" prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications could cause depression. See, Sadie has birth control. She also uses a prescription sleep aid and a drug for her allergies. And, like many people, she sometimes brings out ibuprofen for a headache.
That seems pretty normal, but a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association has shown that many common drugs – even those that you would not suspect – can cause depression. And the more of these medications you stack, the higher the chance you'll suffer from serious messes.
University of Illinois researchers in Chicago have put together a large list of all drugs (prescription and OTC) that can lead to depression. Sometimes these drugs had "depression" or "suicide" on the list of possible side effects, but not always. About 200 drugs made the list.
The researchers then examined the usage patterns of 26,000 adults. In short, a third of them did not even know that their medications could cause or worsen depressive symptoms. While one of these medications may not lead to depression, taking two or more seems to increase the likelihood.
Dima Qato, the lead author, notes, "Many are surprised to learn their medications, even though they have nothing to do with mood or anxiety or other conditions that are usually associated with depression, which may increase the risk of depressive symptoms increase and lead to a diagnosis of depression. "
Use of this information
The list of common drugs below is searched. Which MUST you use now? Some may be necessary, but maybe not all.
- Heartburn Cleanse your diet. Do you really need to eat chili dogs and Flamin Hot Doritos?
- birth control? If you're married and already have a basketball team with offspring, you might talk to the husband about a vasectomy. [1
- Do you have slight pain? Check out curcumin (which is also helpful in case of depressive symptoms)
- Common Headache Make sure that there is no vitamin D deficiency before you place more painkillers.
Remember to use more than one of the drugs listed below at the same time, and depression may become a problem.
Antihypertensives (blood pressure medicines):
Hormones / Hormone Modifiers:
- Ethinyl estradiol (birth control)
- Estradiol (estrogen)
- Finasteride (Propecia for hair loss)
Anxiolytics (anti-anxiety drugs), hypnotics and sedatives:
- ] zolpidem (hypnotics)
- hydrocodone  tramadol [194
Gastro-intestinal agents (acid reflux, heartburn):
- omeprazole (Prilosec)
- ranitidine (Zantac)
Respiratory protection (asthma and allergy medicines):
- Montelukast (Singulair)
- Cetirizine (Zyrtec)
Anticonvulsants (Seizure medicaments):
The mineral that treats depression and anxiety
The true cause of depression
- Dima Mazen Qato, et al. Prevalence of prescription drugs with depression as a potentially unwanted effect in adults in the United States. JAMA. 2018; 319 (22): 2289-2298. doi: 10.1001 / jama.2018.6741