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What antidepressants are used to treat fibromyalgia?

Dawn Marcus
Neurology
A variety of antidepressants may help reduce fibromyalgia symptoms, but the most effective ones are the serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) antidepressants, including duloxetine (Cymbalta) and milnacipran (Savella). The tricyclic antidepressant amitriptyline (Elavil) is also moderately helpful, although it has substantially more side effects than the SNRI antidepressants for most people. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), such as paroxetine (Paxil) and fluoxetine (Prozac), are generally less effective for reducing fibromyalgia symptoms than SNRI or tricyclic antidepressants.
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