A third of U.S. adults take medications that can cause depression, study finds

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Susan Perry More than a third of adults in the United States may be taking prescription medications that have depression or suicidal thoughts as possible side effects, according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).The study also found that people who take these medications are more likely to be depressed than those not taking them — and the risk increases with each additional drug they’re prescribed. This is the first study to show that the concurrent use of prescription drugs — a situation known medically as polypharmacy — heightens the risk of developing depression.The finding is troubling, particularly given that drugs with either depression or suicidal thoughts as potential...

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A third of U.S. adults take medications that can cause depression, study finds

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