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How can antidepressants help with treating depression and chronic pain?

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Because chronic pain and depression can involve the same nerves and neurotransmitters, certain antidepressants are often used to treat both. Some antidepressants can reduce the perception of pain.

For example, antidepressants such as the serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (Cymbalta, Effexor) can work well for forms of neurologically-based pain like migraine headaches, herniated disks, and other spinal nerve root problems.

From: Depression and Chronic Pain WebMD Medical Reference

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Harvard Health Publications: "Depression and Pain." National Institute of Mental Health: "Depression and Chronic Pain."

 

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on October 16, 2018

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Harvard Health Publications: "Depression and Pain." National Institute of Mental Health: "Depression and Chronic Pain."

 

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on October 16, 2018

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