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Why can antidepressants for fibromyalgia not be the sole form of therapy?

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Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes possibly

There are two new drugs for the treatment of fibromyalgia that also seem to help depression-savella and cymbalta.
If these work for you, they can be the sole therapy. If not, consider adding lyrica (pregabalin).

In brief: Yes possibly

There are two new drugs for the treatment of fibromyalgia that also seem to help depression-savella and cymbalta.
If these work for you, they can be the sole therapy. If not, consider adding lyrica (pregabalin).
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology

In brief: Therapy

Psychotherapy in addition to meds is good for the anxiety and depression that comes with battling fibromyalgia.

In brief: Therapy

Psychotherapy in addition to meds is good for the anxiety and depression that comes with battling fibromyalgia.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Dr. Andrew Berry
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Dr. Betty Keller
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology

In brief: It is not depression

Fibromyalgia is not depression, so this is why antidepressants alone do not treat fibromyalgia.
They can provide some relief but rarely alone can they provide enough relief. Usually a combination of therapies lead to the most successful treatment of fibromyalgia.

In brief: It is not depression

Fibromyalgia is not depression, so this is why antidepressants alone do not treat fibromyalgia.
They can provide some relief but rarely alone can they provide enough relief. Usually a combination of therapies lead to the most successful treatment of fibromyalgia.
Dr. Betty Keller
Dr. Betty Keller
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