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In The News, Spring 2018: Many Common Drugs Increase Risk of Depression or Suicide

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More than one-third of American adults may be using prescription medications with the potential to cause depression or increase suicide risk, a recent study from the University of Illinois at Chicago suggests. The researchers found that over 200 commonly prescribed drugs - including hormonal contraceptives, blood pressure and heart medications, proton pump inhibitors, antacids, and painkillers - include depression or suicide among their potential adverse effects. Analyzing the medication use patterns of more than 26,000 people, they determined that, from 2013 to 2014, about 38 percent used at...

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