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How do antidepressants help treat pain?

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Dr. Sassan Hassassian
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Multiple ways: Antidepressants can address pain in multiple ways. They can be instrumental in various chronic pain states. Chronic pain takes an emotional toll, and a lot of chronic pain patients are depressed. These medications potentially can alleviate some of those symptoms. Also, a number of anti-depressants can decrease pain through their actions on specific nerve pathways.
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Dr. Paul Reynolds
Pain Management 37 years experience
Absolutely: They can help! sometimes finding the right dose of the right one is difficult. Work with your doctor to find the right medication at a dose that helps and causes minimal side effects.
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