Coreg and Depression

Coreg and Depression: What to Look For

Depression 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) suffer from this condition. 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
  • Decreased appetite and/or weight loss or overeating and weight gain
  • Thoughts of death or suicide and 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 other conditions can share similar symptoms with depression.
 

Final Thoughts

For people taking Coreg, depression may or may not be a side effect of the drug. Because the research is unclear, it is important to understand the signs and symptoms of depression if you are using a beta blocker. If you have any of these symptoms, 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.
 
Also, if you have a history of depression and are prescribed Coreg, talk to your healthcare provider. Together, you can decide whether a beta blocker such as this makes sense for your particular situation.
 
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