doctor gave me Celexa for chronic debilitating pain. I haven't tried
it yet because I found out it is an anti-depressant and I am an
active person who doesn't need this. However, I am beyond desperation
with my pain. Is 10 mg. of Celexa a viable treatment for chronic
pain? - Scarlette
lot of people wonder, "If I am not a depressed person, is it
worth the risk in side effects to take an anti-depressant for pain?"
It is not unusual for one drug to have more than one use. Aspirin
is an example of a versatile drug used to treat headaches, reduce
fevers, prevent heart attacks, and calm inflammation. Even if you
don't suffer from headaches, you might try aspirin if you are at
risk for a heart attack.
have been several studies showing that certain medications used
to fight depression are also effective in the treatment of chronic
pain. In fact, antidepressants are over 74% more effective than
placebo (sugar pill) in chronic pain studies. It is now common practice
to try these medications to relieve pain.
any drug might cause side effects and you are wise to consider that
possibility. Common side effects of the serotonin-boosting antidepressants
such as Celexa may include nausea, drowsiness or restlessness, and
sexual dysfunction. These side effects can occur even if you are
taking the medication for pain rather than depression.
As with most
medications, you might experience no side effects at all, mild side
effects, or side effects that you find to be intolerable. There
is no way to predict which ones you may experience-if any. Once
your doctor has determined that an antidepressant would be safe
and possibly helpful, the next step is up to you.
If you decide
to take the medication, it doesn't have to be forever. Give it time
to work, then re-evaluate. Do you feel better overall? Always arrange
a follow-up visit to determine whether a medication should be continued,
adjusted, or stopped.
Chai, MD, MS, is an Internal Medicine Specialist with additional
training in the area of medical research methods. Her experiences
as a patient helped to redirect her priorities to home life and