I have degenerative disc disease and have had several fusions and my first surgery was 2000 and last so far was 2008 so I have been on pain killers since then. I have found that the past few years I have been so depressed on the drugs. I tried going off of them for 3 months and felt better mentally but had to get back on due to the pain and the depression started again a month or so later. I have been on it all, Oxycontin (until they changed the formula), MSContin, Kadian, etc. along with Norco or Percocet for breakthrough. It is like a catch 22. Anyone have any advice besides antidepressants because I just tried Wellbutrin this past three months to no avail-maybe a better one out there? Ahhhh help! I'm also on disability so I can't work like I used to love to do. Thank you for reading if you took the time to do so. Hope you all are doing well.
Yes, unfortunately depression is a side effect of opiate use and chronic pain. You may find that an antidepressant in the SSRI or SNRI category works better for you than the Wellbutrin which is a DNRI. Some SSRI's that you may want to consider are Lexapro and Celexa. SNRI's that you may investigate are Cymbalta or Pristiq. The Cymbalta has the added benefit of reducing nerve pain along with depression so it may really benefit you. Ask the doctor about Cymbalta and see if you can give it a try.
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