For many Baby Boomers and seniors, medications are a daily part of their lives, helping ease their pain, prevent disease, or simply to strengthen their bones.
But there are often hidden risks behind many medications; risks which may cause physical side effects, but also risks which could cause people taking the medications to have emotional side-effects.
As reported recently on AARP.com, there are seven major types of medications which can cause depression, so identifying these types of drugs can make a big difference for many people:
1/ Beta blockers- Often used for people with high blood pressure, these can cause depression and fatigue.
2/ Anti-seizure drugs- Also known as anticonvulsants, these are also used to treat bipolar disorder and related illnesses.
3/ Anti-anxiety drugs- This medication can help with insomnia and acts as a muscle relaxant, but a side effect can make users feel like they’re having a hangover.
4/ Drugs for Parkinson’s- AARP reports that as many as one in four people diagnosed with Parkinson’s do not have the illness, so a second opinion is always a good idea.
5/ Blood thinners- Also diagnosed for rheumatoid arthritis, blood thinners can increase the odds of mental illness.
6/ Menopause medication- Often used to regulate hormones for menopausal women suffering from hot flashes, ask your doctor for any alternative suggestions.
7/ Stimulants- To help boost energy, these drugs are frequently used by people suffering from fatigue, but it can have a detrimental long-term effect.