Benicar and Depression
Benicar and Depression: What to Look ForWhile depression may not be a commonly reported side effect of Benicar, it is extremely common in society today. In fact, in any given one-year period, 9.5 percent of the population (about 18.8 million American adults) suffers from depression. Therefore, knowing the symptoms of depression can be helpful.
Possible symptoms may include:
- Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" mood
- Feelings of hopelessness and pessimism
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and helplessness
- Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities that were once enjoyed, including sex
- Decreased energy, fatigue, and being "slowed down"
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering, and making decisions
- Insomnia, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
- Appetite and/or weight loss; overeating and weight gain
- Thoughts of death or suicide; suicide attempts
- Restlessness and irritability
- Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders, and chronic pain.
Keep in mind that there are other conditions that can share similar symptoms with depression.
Benicar and Depression: A SummaryFor people taking Benicar, depression does not appear to be a common or rare side effect. However, if you notice any possible symptoms of depression while taking Benicar, or if something "just does not seem right," you should talk to your healthcare provider. He or she will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.