Foreign Affairs
Medicines can increase the risk of depression

It is a known fact that medications have side-effects on humans. Many believe the effects are only physical, such as a rash or a headache.

A  study carried out in the US, however, shows that a number of common medicines prescribed by doctors can increase the risk of depression. Medications which can increase this risk include heart medicines, birth control pills and painkillers.

The study has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, and analysed persons aged 18 and over who had taken at least one medication between 2005 and 2014.  The study found that 37% of prescribed medicines, which included painkillers and antacids, had depression included in their side-effects.

The author of the study, Dima Qato from the University of illinois, stated that many may be surprised that medicines they would be taking, although having no connection with moods and anxiety, can increase the risk of a person suffering symptoms of depression which can lead to depression.

A UK expert has stated, however, that the study shows a connection between medicines and the increase in risk of depression, but does not show that they cause it.


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