One in 3 Americans Takes Meds That May Cause Depression

One in 3 Americans Takes Meds That May Cause Depression

New study results released by the University of IL indicate that one in three adults in the U.S.is unknowingly taking prescriptions that can potentially increase their risk of depression and suicides, reports USA Today.

"About 15% of adults who take three or more of these medications simultaneously experience depression while taking the medications, compared to only 5% of those taking no medication and 7% of those taking a single drug", reports the study.

For this study, researchers looked at 26,000 American adults and their prescription drug use from 2005 to 2014. And they found that people who took three or more of the medications were three times as likely to be depressed.

"The take away message of this study is that polypharmacy can lead to depressive symptoms and that patients and health care providers need to be aware of the risk of depression that comes with all kinds of common prescription drugs - many of which are also available over the counter", said lead author Professor Dima Qato, from the University of IL at Chicago, in a statement. The overall estimated prevalence was 37.2 percent for use of medications with depression as an adverse effect, which increased from 35.0 to 38.4 percent from 2005-2006 to 2013-2014.

The study also found that the numbers of Americans taking medications that have side effects listed as depression increased over the nine-year period.

Lead author Dima Qato, PharmD, PhD, an assistant professor at the University of IL at Chicago College of Pharmacy, said many physicians may not understand the depression risks linked to some prescription drugs. About a third of this type of medicine can have serious adverse effects, such as anxiety, depression, or suicidal tendencies.

Researchers cautioned that the survey approach meant conclusions could not be drawn about cause-and-effect, and that questionnaires did not account for a history of depression.

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Patients who do develop depression as a drug side effect can often switch to different prescriptions, said Dr. Barbara Mintzes, a pharmacy researcher at the University of Sydney in Australia who wasn't involved in the study.

And because many of these drugs aren't labeled accordingly, even health care providers may not be realize the risks to their patients, according to the researchers. This discovery may explain why psychedelic drugs appear to be a valuable treatment for a wide range of psychiatric diseases, scientists said.

And almost 5 percent of USA adults are estimated to have depression symptoms.

But study authors say the results do not prove meds with depression as a possible side effect actually cause depression or increase suicide risk.

To bring down the rate of depression, Qato suggests that the physicians may have to think, consider, and evaluate the role the medications prescribed.

More and more Americans are using such prescription drugs, according to the study published this week in the journal JAMA.

"It should up the ante about having the conversation about whether a medication is really helpful", Steinman said.

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