How do some medications for medical conditions affect depression?

Certain medications used in the treatment of medical conditions may induce or contribute to depressive symptoms. Some of the alleged links between certain medications and depression are based on a small number of cases and may not be generalized to the majority of people taking those medications. However, evidence supports a potential link between depressive symptoms and certain types of prescription medications. These are:
  • corticosteroids
  • calcium channel blockers
  • digoxin
  • antihyperlipidemic agents
  • angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors
  • sedative hypnotics
  • psychostimulants
  • certain hormones

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