Medicines and Other Substances That Can Cause Symptoms of Depression Topic Overview
Many medicines and other substances can cause changes in
how we feel. Medicines that can cause symptoms of
depression include: Antihypertensives, such as clonidine
( Catapres). Barbiturates, such as pentobarbital
(Nembutal), phenobarbital, and secobarbital ( Seconal). Benzodiazepines, such as
alprazolam ( Xanax), diazepam ( Valium), or lorazepam
(Ativan). Calcium channel blockers, such as verapamil
( Calan). Corticosteroids, such as prednisone. Hormonal
medicines, such as birth control pills (oral contraceptives) and hormone
therapy used to treat the symptoms of menopause. Isotretinoin ( Claravis), the acne medicine. Medicines used to treat Parkinson's disease or other neurological
disorders, such as restless legs syndrome. Medicines used to treat
seizures, such as phenytoin (Dilantin). Pain medicines, such as
codeine or meperidine ( Demerol). Symptoms of depression can also be caused by the use of or
withdrawal from alcohol and illegal drugs, such as cocaine, amphetamines
(methamphetamines, crystal meth, or crack), heroin, and cannabis
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, to find out whether you should stop taking it or take a different
one. If you are taking a nonprescription medicine, stop taking it.
Call your doctor if you feel you need to continue taking the
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
January 11, 2013
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