AARP posted an informational piece online of a checklist of drugs to monitor if you began feeling depressed after starting them. So, let's go over what those medications are, and please do not discontinue the medication until you discuss this with your physician.
1) Beta-blockers typically are prescribed to treat high blood pressure, angina, migraines, tremors, irregular heartbeat and certain kinds of glaucoma.
2) Corticosteroids are used to treat inflammation of blood vessels and muscles as well as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and gout.
3) Benzodiazepines are typically prescribed to treat anxiety, insomnia and to relax muscles.
4) Parkinson's drugs are those to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease to adjust the levels of dopamine in the brain.
5) Hormone-altering drugs are used to treat hot flashes and other postmenopausal symptoms.
6) Stimulants often are prescribed to treat excessive daytime sleepiness or for attention deficit hyperactive disorder and fatigue.
7) Anticonvulsants, used to treat seizures, are being used to treat other medical conditions such as neuropathic pain, bipolar disorder, mood disorders and mania.
8) Proton pump inhibitors and H2 blockers, which are typically prescribed to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease.
9) Statins and other lipid-lowering drugs are prescribed to lower cholesterol levels.
10) Anticholinergic drugs used to treat stomach cramps and other gastrointestinal disorders.
The Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties is committed to sharing information and resources for better mental health and the prevention of substance abuse. It now has a website,
www.mhrsbssw.org, with a link to our Facebook page. If you would like more information, please call the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties at (419) 448-0640 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. The board's hotline is available 24/7 at (800) 826-1306.