Over one-third of adults in the US are taking prescription medicines which could increase their risk of depression.
The study, conducted by the researchers of Illinois University, Chicago showed that people that are using medications which are most commonly prescribed may have a high risk of depression.
The study went through the medication consumption pattern of over 26000 adults between the years 2005 to 2014. The findings revealed that over 200 commonly taken drugs, which include high blood pressure medications, heart medications, hormonal birth control drugs, proton pump inhibitors, painkillers and anxiety drugs, had suicide or depression as a potential side effects.
The researchers discovered that around 15% adults who took three or even more of these medications experienced more of depression as a side effect while 5% who did not take the medications, 7% who took just one medication and 9% who took two medications all at one time were estimated to suffer from depression.
The study is the first one to reveal that the side effects from the use of such drugs at the same time had a link to likelihood of being depressed.
However, the researchers say that the study does not prove whether the drugs actually caused depression. It just shows that if you are already consuming the drugs then you more likely have the chance of suffering from depression.
As per the lead author of the study, Dima Mazen Qato from the Illinois University the use of drugs having suicidal or depression as the possible side effects has been on a rise.
Qato says that people should now consider talking to their physicians and evaluating the medications they take. She suggests that one of the best strategy to curb depression rates may be the health care providers giving more thought to the impact these drugs could play in developing a risk of depression.
The study was published in the American Medical Association journal on Wednesday.