Sanctuary and Serenity

Medicines that May Cause Depression

Posted on: March 27, 2010


Medicines that May Cause Depression

Certain drugs prescribed for various medical conditions have been found to cause depression (feeling of sadness, despair, and discouragement) or mania (excessive happiness and joy), in some people. The following drugs have been reported to cause mania in some patients.

  • Anticholinergics — A group of medicines used to relieve cramps or spasms of the stomach, intestines, and bladder. Examples include Anaspaz, Bentyl, Gastrosed, Levbid, and Symax.
  • Cogentin — A medicine used to treat the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
  • Corticosteroids — A group of medicines that decrease inflammation (swelling) and reduce the activity of the immune system (cells that fight infection). Examples include hydrocortisone, Triamcinolone, Prednisone Flonase, Nasocort, Nasonex, Flovent, and Azmacort.
  • Cyclosporine — A drug used to suppress the immune system to prevent the rejection of transplanted organs.
  • Lioresal– A muscle relaxant and antispastic agent often used to treat multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injuries.
  • Bromocriptine — A drug used to treat Parkinson’s disease.
  • Capoten — A medicine used to treat high blood pressure.
  • Tagamet — This drug is used to prevent and treat ulcers, heartburn, acid indigestion, and sour stomach.
  • Antabuse –A medicine used to treat alcoholism.
  • Dopar — A medicine used to treat Parkinson’s disease.
  • Synthroid — A drug commonly prescribed as a thyroid hormone replacement.
    MAOIs — A group of medicines used to treat depression. Examples include Nardil and Parnate.
  • Ritalin –This drug is used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
    Opioids — A group of narcotics used to relieve moderate to severe pain. These drugs have a high potential for abuse and addiction. Examples include Codeine, Demerol, Darvocet, Morphine, and Percodan.
  • Trihexyphenidyl (Artane) — A medicine used to treat Parkinson’s disease.
  • Yohimbine — A drug used to treat male impotence. Drugs That Can Cause Depression The following drugs have been reported to cause depression in some patients. Elderly people are particularly at risk.
  • Zovirax — A drug used to treat shingles and herpes.
  • Alcohol
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