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Many drugs may increase risk of depression: Study

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Health Desk-- 14th June, 2018: A new US study said many commonly-prescribed drugs may increase the risk of depression.

The list includes heart medications, birth control pills and some painkillers - things lots of people in the UK are also prescribed.

More than a third of the drugs the 26,000 participants took had depression as a possible side-effect.

The study looked only at people in the US who were 18 or older and taking at least one type of prescription medication between 2005 to 2014.

It found that 37% of these prescription drugs, which also included some painkillers and antacids, had depression listed as one of the potential adverse effects.

The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.