Depression and Aceon
A potential side effect of some medications is depression, and Aceon is a drug that may cause this serious condition. However, since only 2 percent of patients taking the medicine report this, it is difficult to determine whether depression is actually caused by Aceon or by other factors. Possible signs of a link between depression and Aceon include feelings of hopelessness, insomnia, and thoughts of suicide.
There are several possible side effects people taking Aceon® (perindopril erbumine) can experience. Depression appears to be rare. In clinical studies, depression was reported in about 2 percent of people who took the medicine. However, it was just as common in people who did not take Aceon.
Given how common depression is in the general population and the fact that it was not seen more often in the group that took Aceon, it is difficult to say whether depression is actually caused by the medicine, other specific factors, or a combination of factors.
While depression may not be a commonly reported side effect of Aceon, 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) suffer from depression. Therefore, knowing the symptoms of depression can be helpful.
Possible depression 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 feeling "slowed down"
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering, and making decisions
- Insomnia, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
- Appetite and/or weight loss or 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.