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One Third of Americans Take Medicines that Can Cause Depression or Suicide

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD By June 5, 2018

The Journal of the American Medical Association has just published a horrifying report: a whole third of American adults are prescribed to medicine that can cause depression or suicide. Included among these are painkillers, many of which have proven to be addictive and difficult to wean off of. Also included in the list of common prescribed medicines are heart and blood pressure meds, birth control pills, and antacids. So far there has been no reaction from the Congress on this information, though time may still tell, as it has been only days since the report was released.

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More than one-third of American adults may be using prescription medications that can potentially cause depression or increase the risk of suicide, according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.


Some hormonal birth control pills, heart and blood pressure medications, proton-pump inhibitors, antacids and painkillers were among the more than 200 commonly used prescription drugs that researchers said have depression or suicide listed as a potential side effect.

The researchers, from the University of Illinois at Chicago, looked at how more than 26,000 people from 2005 to 2014 used medications. Click Here to Continue Reading

Article Reviewed by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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