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Can Antidepressants Help Arthritis?

June 21, 2012 by Estella.

New studies have shown that antidepressant medications can provide pain relief for people with arthritis as the most commonly prescribed anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs).

Duloxetine (brand named Cymbalta), originally used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder, was approved by the FDA for chronic pain treatment including osteoarthritis.

According to Arthritis UK, people with chronic arthritis diseases are twice likely to experience depression.

The antidepressant medications are effective in alleviating the painful condition and result in fewer side effects than traditionally pain killers, such as anti-inflammatory drugs. NSAIDs can lead to gastrointestinal bleeding, and opiates such as morphine , which can cause constipation.

In comparison, the most common side effects of antidepressants were less severe:

- Blurred vision
- Constipation
- Drowsiness
- Dry mouth
- Weight gain

For many patients, a prescription to buy Cymbalta or Zoloft is an effective way for treatment of depression and relieving this painful condition.

Filed under: Gout Arthritis.

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