Antara and Depression

Certain side effects may develop with the use of Antara, and depression, while rare, has been reported in about 1 percent of patients. However, because depression is so common, it is difficult to determine whether it is actually a side effect of Antara or caused by something else. Possible signs of a link between Antara and depression include feelings of worthlessness, decreased energy, and thoughts of suicide.

Antara and Depression: An Overview

There are many possible side effects people taking Antara® (fenofibrate) need to be aware of. One rare side effect is depression, occurring in less than 1 percent of patients. Given how infrequently depression occurs in people who are using Antara, it is difficult to say whether depression is actually caused by the medicine or by something else. This is especially true, since in any given one-year period, 9.5 percent of the population (about 18.8 million American adults) suffer from depression.

Antara and Depression: What to Look For

Possible symptoms of depression 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 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 other conditions can share these symptoms. If you experience any of these symptoms while taking Antara, you should visit your healthcare provider so that the problem can be properly diagnosed and treated.
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