Skip to content

    Medicines and Other Substances That Can Cause Symptoms of Depression

    Font Size
    A
    A
    A

    Topic Overview

    Many medicines can cause changes in how we feel. Some can cause symptoms of depression. These include:

    Symptoms of depression can also be caused by the use of or withdrawal from alcohol and illegal drugs. Cocaine, amphetamines (methamphetamines, crystal meth, or crack), heroin, and marijuana can all cause symptoms of depression.

    Did You Know?

    Under the Affordable Care Act, many health insurance plans will cover preventive mental health services, including screening tests for depression and alcohol misuse, at no cost to you. Learn more.

    Health Insurance Center

    If you think that your feelings of depression may be caused by a medicine:

    • Call the doctor who prescribed the medicine. Ask if you should stop taking it or take a different one.
    • If you are taking a nonprescription medicine, stop taking it. If you feel you need to keep taking it, call your doctor. There might be a different medicine you can take.
    1

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
    Next Article:

    Medicines and Other Substances That Can Cause Symptoms of Depression Topics

    Hot Topics

    WebMD Video: Now Playing

    Click here to wach video: Dirty Truth About Hand Washing

    Which sex is the worst about washing up? Why is it so important? We’ve got the dirty truth on how and when to wash your hands.

    Click here to watch video: Dirty Truth About Hand Washing

    Popular Slideshows & Tools on WebMD

    disciplining a boy
    Types, symptoms, causes.
    fruit drinks
    Eat these to think better.
    embarrassed woman
    Do you feel guilty after eating?
    diabetes supply kit
    Pack and prepare.
    Balding man in mirror
    Treatments & solutions.
    birth control pills
    Which kind is right for you?
    Remember your finger
    Are you getting more forgetful?
    sticky notes on face
    10 tips to clear your brain fog.
    Close up of eye
    12 reasons you're distracted.
    Trainer demonstrating exercise for RA
    Exercises for your joints.
    apple slices with peanut butter
    What goes best with workouts?
    Pink badge on woman chest to support breat cancer
    Myths and facts.

    Women's Health Newsletter

    Find out what women really need.