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Selective Serotonin And Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitor (SSNRI) For Spinal Disc Pain
Dr. Ron Daulton, Jr.
In most cases, Selective Serotonin and Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors (SSNRI) are used to treat major depression, mood disorders, anxiety, obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD), and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). However, it is sometimes used for chronic neuropathic pain, which is nerve pain that has been there for a long time.
Because disc problems cause neuropathic pain, some doctors will recommend this type of medication if other medications are not working and if the problem has been there for some time.
These types of medications are also used for fibromyalgia and other types of muscle and bone pain.
The one SSNRI that is sometimes recommended in the case of chronic neuropathic pain is Duloxetine (Cymbalta).
How Do These Medications Work?
This type of medicine will increase the amount of Serotonin and Norepinephrine in the brain, which are two neurotransmitters that affect your mood (they make you feel happier). However, one thing that Norepinephrine will also do is stop you from feeling pain. This is why this medication is sometimes prescribed in these cases.
One major concern with this medication, though, is that these neurotransmitters can become depleted and one of the more serious side effects is that it can make you feel suicidal.
So, as with any medication, you have to keep in mind that the benefits may not outweigh the risks and it’s important that you consider the potential side effects before deciding to start taking this medication.
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