These common prescriptions come with a deadly side effect

These common prescriptions come with a deadly side effect

During the study, the proportion of adults taking at least one prescription with suicidal symptoms as a potential side effect also increased, from about 17 percent in the beginning to nearly 24 percent by the end. The study also noted the increased practice of polypharmacy among adults. Additionally, from the 17.3 percent of people taking drugs that listed suicide as a possible effect in the start of the study, 23.5 percent were already ingesting them over the course of the study.

The study found that using multiple medications increased the risk of experiencing depression further.

Some of the medication on the list are well known for their depression-like side effects, such as beta-blockers and interferon.

Depression rates were seven per cent for those individuals who took only one drug, nine per cent for patients on two different medications, and about fifteen per cent for patients on three different medications.

"People are not only increasingly using these medicines alone, but are increasingly using them simultaneously, yet very few of these drugs have warning labels, so until we have public of system-level solutions, it is left up to patients and health care professionals to be aware of the risks", Qato said.

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. Around 5 % of people not taking any of the medicines suffered depression - but this rose to 7 %for those on one of the 200 treatments.

These include drugs for birth control, heartburn, allergies, pain and high blood pressure.

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This study is observational, which means it can't prove a cause-and-effect relationship between the use of prescription medications and depression.

"Even if the same doctor is prescribing drugs, the fact is that it's really hard - there's no software that tells a doctor, 'your patient is on three drugs that predispose them or are associated potentially with depression or suicidal symptoms", Qato said. The overall estimated prevalence was 37.2% for use of medications with depression as an adverse effect, which increased from 35.0 to 38.4% from 2005-2006 to 2013-2014. It's a complicated medical issue with no singular, universal cause - and that's all the more reason scientists are still searching for potential factors for depression. Here's physician Don Mordecai.

DON MORDECAI: People should always be ready to ask, what are the risks and benefits of me taking this medication?

"The best thing people can do if they're concerned is to go and have a talk to their GP", Dr Kyle said.

MORDECAI: Such as changing your diet, limiting your salt intake, increasing exercise.

If you are depressed, don't feel ashamed.

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