Drugs with Side Effects of Depression
Depression is a common side effect of drug use and may occur with legal as well as illegal drugs. Depression often co-occurs with addiction and is often related to situational factors caused by or exacerbated by the addiction. Continued drug use usually makes the depression worse.
Depression is a common withdrawal symptom of drugs that produce physical dependence. This is true of illicit drugs such as heroin and cocaine as well as prescription medications. A patient using a drug under a doctor’s orders may become dependent on the drug and will suffer withdrawal symptoms that may include depression when use of the drug is stopped.
Many Drugs Cause Depression
Depression is a common side effect of a wide variety of drugs. Depression is common in cases of addiction to illicit or prescription drugs and may be a side effect of the drug itself or a withdrawal symptom when use of the drug is stopped. However, it is not only illicit drugs and drugs that are abused recreationally that may cause depression. Many legal prescription drugs and even some over-the-counter drugs may cause depression.
Drugs May Cause Depression
Drugs that commonly cause depression either directly or as a side effect of withdrawal include the following:
- Anti-convulsants such as Celontin and Zarontin used to treat epilepsy
- Asthma medications such as Singulair
- Barbiturates such as phenobarbital and Secobarbital
- Benzodiazepines such as Halcion, Klonopin, Valium and Xanax
- Calcium channel blockers such as Cardizem
- Procardia and Tiazac used to treat high blood pressure and heart conditions
- Drugs such as Lipitor, Mevacor and Zocor that are used to treat high cholesterol and coronary artery conditions
- Opiates (heroin, morphine)
- Opioid pain medications such as hydrocodone (Lorcet, Lortab, Vicodin), hydromorphone (Dilaudid) and oxycodone (Percocet, Percodan, OxyContin)
- Stimulants such as amphetamine, cocaine, methamphetamine and Ritalin
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