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Can antidepressant medications help treat osteoarthritis (OA)?

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Your doctor may recommend the use of antidepressant medication to help treat chronic osteoarthritis (OA) pain whether or not you have depression. The exact way it helps curb pain is not known, but brain chemicals affected by antidepressant medications may play a role.

SOURCES:

News release, FDA.

American College of Rheumatology: Practice Guidelines: "Recommendations for the Medical Management of Osteoarthritis of the Hip and Knee."

The Arthritis Foundation: "What Can You Do About OA?" "2011 Drug Guide."

FDA: "Medication Guide for Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)."

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 11, 2019

SOURCES:

News release, FDA.

American College of Rheumatology: Practice Guidelines: "Recommendations for the Medical Management of Osteoarthritis of the Hip and Knee."

The Arthritis Foundation: "What Can You Do About OA?" "2011 Drug Guide."

FDA: "Medication Guide for Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)."

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 11, 2019

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