While medications that have been proven to include “thoughts of suicide” as a a possible side effect, such as anti-smoking cessation medications, there is reason to believe that medicines that treat such conditions as asthma, epilepsy, and influenza could also cause this side effect, according to the LA Times.
Whether or not the symptom is listed, patients should pay attention to any changes in feelings when they start taking a new medication. If you suddenly feel sad, depressed, anxious, or have suicidal thoughts talk to your doctor and discuss if any of the medications you are taking could be directly causing these feelings or thoughts.
In most cases, someone who is feeling suicidal will not ask for help. That’s why it is important to look for signs that point to suicidal thoughts, such as:
- constantly talking about death and/or suicide
- feelings of hopelessness
- dramatic mood swings
- drug or alcohol dependence
- previous suicide attempts
- personality shifts, such as shy to rebellious or outgoing to withdrawn
- change in eating and/or sleeping habits, such as overeating and/or sleeping all day
- seeking access to ways to commit suicide, such as purchasing new guns
- getting their affairs in order
- giving away all their stuff
How to Talk to Someone About Suicide
It can be difficult to talk to someone you love about their thoughts of suicide. However, you’ll never know if your suspicions are correct unless you ask them. Having the opportunity to talk about how they are feeling just might save their lives. If you or someone you know has thoughts of suicide, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You can also visit here to learn more about recognizing the signs of suicidal thoughts and how to prevent it.