Monday, December 04, 2006

antidepressants and chronic pain

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The Mayo Clinic website has an excellent article on the use of antidepressants to treat the symptoms of chronic pain for such conditions as diabetes, fibromyalgia, and migraine, even when depression is not a factor. Don't be suprised if your doctor recommends one of these medications for your condition. They are commonly prescribed for treating other conditions in addition to depression.

Antidepressants: Another weapon against chronic pain
The painkilling mechanism of these drugs is still not fully understood. Tricyclic antidepressants may increase neurotransmitters in the spinal cord that reduce pain signals. But they don't work immediately. You may have to take a tricyclic antidepressant for several weeks before it starts reducing your pain.

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