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A 27-year-old member asked:

will a tricyclic antidepressant help with sleeping with chronic back pain?

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Dr. Michael Joseph
Pain Management 28 years experience
Possibly: There is good evidence that tricyclic antidepressants are helpful in many chronic pain conditions. In addition they can be helpful for sleep. This class of medication does have adverse effects and should be discussed with your physician. Medication in combination with physical therapy, exercise and healthy diet is always more effective.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
TCA & insomnia: Some are used for such, ex. Elavil (amitriptyline) at bedtime.

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Can antidepressants such as Zoloft and wellbutrin (bupropion) cause a flare up of ulcerative colitis?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Little data: Sorry, but there's little available data to answer this question. I found 1 study that tried to review antidepressants in inflammatory bowel disease: http://tinyurl.Com/92lwmmt a couple of the patients did better on wellbutrin -- the authors thought maybe it decreased tumor necrosis factors. 1 patient on Paxil (paroxetine) did have a flare of diarrhea, and several others had less functional disability.

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