June 6, 2023

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Antidepressants: How Do They Relieve Chronic Pain?

  • Michael Roberts
  • Health Correspondent, BBC News

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A large study of the effect of antidepressants was given to people with chronic pain without sufficient scientific evidence of their effectiveness.

Studies of nearly 30,000 patients found “moderate” evidence for the effect of only one drug, duloxetine, in reducing pain in the short term.

Although the pills were prescribed for several months, there was a “shocking” lack of long-term data.

Doctors advise to continue taking the medication if it is effective.