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Use of anti-depressants for pain and sleep.
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Ra - January 13

My doctor has suggest I try Wellbutrin XL for my pain and sleep. I am not bothered with depression, so I am concerned about taking the anti-dpressants. I would appreiciate any feedback about your experiences with these drugs. Thanks


Jean - November 11

The chemicals in your brain are needing to be replenished. The stress on your body from day to day activities has gone it's route and it can do no more. An Antideressant is one of the first medications prescribed. Make sure yur doctor knows about these type of meds because you need to be monitored. I find a Psychologist is the person who knows these meds the best and that is who I see. there is more to Fibromyalgia than meets the mind but our bodies tell us if we just listen to it. I find Remeron 15mg to start is very gentle and it has less side affects than most.


adriane - November 18

Remeron made me soooo hungry. RA I am on Welbutrin, and I am not having great luck.Effexor was better for me.. Take Care


Renee - December 8

I take Wellbutrin XL. But I take it in the morning because it can keep you awake at night. I was on another antidepressant to help me sleep but it gave me daytime drowsiness so my doctor changed it to Wellbutrin. I take Flexiril (muscle relaxer) at night for pain and sleep. Studies have shown that it can help fibro. It is one thing you can try before taking antidepressants when you don't need them.


Jean - December 11

I fought about antidepressants too because I was not depressed and most everyone of my doctors did not think I was depressed. I was however very anxious because of this condition. Being in pain day in and day out is no picnic and nothing shows up on tests etc, but reading all the information it all comes down to neurotransmitters which includes antidepressants. I think it's the wrong name for this medication because it keeps people away from it stating I'm not crazy and you aren't, you just need to replenish the neurotransmitters and basicaly that is what it is and I'm still sure there is more to this with your many systems that it affects. I'm just saying! Everyone reacts to medications differently and it is trial and error to find the one that works best for you. After all the goal is feeling better.


KathywithaK - December 24

I asked to be put on an anti-depressant for my depression due to my health problems and not being able to conceive. I was put on Lexapro, and I noticed a big difference in the amount of pain I was eperiencing. It seemed to be much more manageable. If it works for you, I say it's worth a shot!


Jean - December 24

Hi Ra: I do not like antidepressants either so I went to a psychiatrist to help me with the proper medications that would best help me. We found Remeron was good however it can put weight on you but it did not for me thus far. This has very little side affects for me at least now it might give others symptoms and will not be able to take this medication. It does take time to get the right combination of medications that will help you best. I suggest to research these medications and sak your doctor or do see a psychiatrist who works with these drugs every day and is better able to monitor your progress with this type of medication. Happy Holidays.


meg - January 13

I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia at least 10 years ago and started Zoloft a few years after, it seemed to make me feel better overall. I went off of zoloft for many years and tried Lexapro and felt crazy for the 2 weeks on that. I have just started Zoloft again working my way up to 50mgs. I have been suffering from headaches daily and my PCP wants me to try Topamax however I am a bit nervous about the side effects. I will say that one of the best things I have done for fibro is taking a water aerobics class, this really helps with the joint pain and just made me feel happier!



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