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Types of Depression: Medication-Induced Depression

Many people do not realize that a number of common prescription drugs have side effects that can induce depression. Prescription drugs with depressive side effects include:

  • cardiac drugs and hypertensives
  • sedatives, steroids
  • stimulants
  • antibiotics
  • antifungal drugs
  • analgesics

Usually, once the offending medication is discontinued, the depressive symptoms stop as well. If depressive symptoms caused by the substance continue, psychological therapy may be necessary.

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