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do antidepressants help with cfs?

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Old 04-04-2007, 03:40 PM   #1
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do antidepressants help with cfs?

I have not been diagnosed but I have symptoms of cfs. I am also bipolar, so I go on antidepressants occasionally and I recall feeling better when taking them. Is anyone taking an ad as part of treatment for cfs?
I'm curious as to whether I should be on one regularly.

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Old 04-20-2007, 08:22 PM   #2
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Re: do antidepressants help with cfs?


I have suffered with cfs for 4 years and have been on paxtine (aropax) for about 3.5 years of that 4. I initially suffered depression and anxiety when I was first diagnosed with cfs and so the anti-deps got me through that time. I have stayed on them since as my body was not strong enough physically or mentally to come off them. About 12 months ago I went down from 1 tablet to half a tab, and then was horrible (but worth it). It took me 3 months to withdraw that half a tablet. I am now 26 weeks pregnant and the doctor recommended I stay on the half a tablet throughout my pregnancy as my cfs symptoms have worsened during my pregnancy and he said that the paxtine will give me some added energy (umm still waiting for that though lol).

Anyway hope this helps.

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