Ask The Doctors: May 2011
Antidepressants as Pain Relievers . . . Risky Drug Combos . . . Tossing Old Meds
A number of studies have found that antidepressant medications also have an analgesic (pain-relieving) effect, so your doctor may prescribe an antidepressant to help control pain. Given in doses lower than what is generally used for antidepressant effects, these drugs can improve the quality of your sleep. They also can relax painful muscles and heighten the effects of endorphin-the bodys natural painkiller.