I was put on Amorilride (sp?) a diuretic about 5 and a half months ago. It has lowered the blood pressure and I seem to be getting along well except for one thing that all of a sudden dawned on me. Recently I have been suffering some depression which seems to be getting worse. Crying all the time and do not find pleasure in anything and don't want to do anything. Yes I have some stress in my life but this weepiness and lack of finding anything interesting seems not related to the stress. I would like to know if anyone has had this problem with the diuretics and could this very well be the culprit? I see the doctor in a couple of weeks so I am going to mention it. It seems I suffer depression with every new med I try for the blood pressure or terrible lethargy. What on earth can I be trying next? Would really like to hear from people if this could be the problem. This depression is terrible and it just seems like it could be the meds.
Hormones can do that. You sound like me after I had each of my babies. My last one is a year old and I feel like my hormones are finally starting to stabalize. this also happens to us when we reach menopause.
I do not think it's caused from your diuretic. have you talked to your doctor about it?
Not hormones because I had a total hysterectomy in 03 and have gone through menopause. I did have a surgery in December though and I am wondering if it could be after affects of that. But I still think its the diurectic.
I was put on Amorilride (sp?) a diuretic ... Recently I have been suffering some depression which seems to be getting worse. Crying all the time and do not find pleasure in anything and don't want to do anything. ... This depression is terrible and it just seems like it could be the meds.
Diuretics can definitely cause depression. How much diuretic do you take?
I would have to check the bottle at home. I can't remember the mg's but it is only once a day. It seems to get worse towards evening. This is terrible. This is not like me at all, I mean I can't get down in the dumps but not to where I feel everything is hopeless and crying all the time and I have to say at times suicidal. I should have guessed right away that it might be the meds but it has come on gradual. I get side effects from everything. I had the Lisinopril cough and had to stop taking that and the cough went away.
You were smart to consider the depression as a possible side effect of the diuretic....as it is a common problem. Don't assume your doctor will agree with you but assert yourself and request another med.
There are many "undocumented" side effects from medications, and many MANY interactions between medications, other medications, foods and drinks. As far as diuretics go....... just as Bethsheba has posted, depression is a documented possible problem related to the use of diuretics. (Hi Bethsheba! )
One of the best research sources, for medication problems, is a forum like HealthBoards, where you can ignore what some mediocre doctors tell you, and ignore the sales-hype from the drug companies, and read about the problems that other patients have had to endure.
So good to see you are still posting here, ! As usual, you make some very good points!!
As far as the diuretics go, if an electrolyte imbalance resulting from the diurectic is causing the depression, adequate fluid intake and nutrition may remedy the problem. But based on my own personal experience, some of us just aren't cut out for a diuretic---athletes for instance, and those of us who just sweat alot.
I don't want to give diuretics a bad name as they can be wonderful, effective, and inexpensive meds...but other meds may have fewer side effects for some of us.
Diuretics are only one class of about 5, is it??, families of antihypertensive blood pressure medication. Before getting a new rx from the doctor, I would tell the doc that I had problems with depression with some meds. When the doc gives you a new rx, BEFORE having it filled, check with the pharmacist and do some reading to see if depression is a side effect. If it is, have the pharmacist call the doc and write a new rx for something else.
Again, from personal experience, for me, a beta blocker (atenolol) caused me the fastest onset, most intense depression I had ever experienced...but it went away completely about 6 weeks after discoing the med.