Common Prescription Drugs Trigger Depression

When Richard Farina wrote “Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me” in 1966, he knew the Beat and Hippie subcultures from the inside out, and felt the world was so topsy-turvy that feeling down was a kind of new normal — fueled in part by drugs.

Depression is a new normal because of common drugs they take is something an astounding 37 percent of American adults can relate to, according to a study published in JAMA.

Researchers looked at the medication use of more than 26,000 adults from 2005 to 2014. It turns out that 203 often-used prescription drugs — some of which are also available over-the-counter — have depression and/or suicide listed as side effects.  more

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