On Sunday mornings I try to catch Dr. Rosenfeld on Fox News. He is from Cornell University Medical Center. Today he spoke about medications that can cause depression and even suicidal thoughts. These medications are anti-epileptic drugs but are used for other illnesses, including fibromyalgia. Here is the list he gave out that can cause these problems.
Neurontin, Lyrica, Tegretol, Topamax, Lamictal, Keppra, and Depakote.
He said if you are taking these medications and are now experiencing depression or even suicidal thoughts, you need to talk to you doctor about it. He said there are other medications they could put you on that wouldn't cause these problems. I know many members are on some of these meds.
I have been severely depressed only once in my lifetime and that was when my husband died. It is a horrible feeling. Many with fibro can have depression...just thinking about this illness can cause depression! So, many who may be taking these medications might be thinking it is fibromyalgia that is causing their problem with depression BUT it could be drug-induced! So, if you are on any of these medications, it might be good to speak to your doctor. Wouldn't it be wonderful if you could rid a lot of your depression just by changing medications? Just wanted to let all of you know about this.
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Post Edited (Sherrine) : 2/15/2009 1:36:14 PM (GMT-7)