Study finds many common medications can cause depression

There are new concerns about prescription medications after a study found that depression could be a side-effect of more than 200 commonly prescribed medications.

The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, warns that depression is a potential side effect of more than 200 commonly prescribed medications, including beta blockers for blood pressure, birth control pills, antacids, and painkillers.

Researchers analysed data from a survey of more than 26,000 Americans over the course of nine years. They asked the participants to look at their medicine cabinets at the prescription drugs they had used within the last month and screened them for depression.

Watch above as Sunrise GP Dr Ginni Mansberg explains what this means and how we concerned we should be about it.