I have been on a multitude of antidepressants over the years with no positive results just negative ones. Depression runs in my family too and is ruining my marriage. Last week we changed my anti-depression one again. I've been changing them for 10 years now. He also gave me a script for tramadol for shoulder and back pain it really helped with my depression too. I'm considering asking him for a larger script of tramadol. Hopefully he agrees. Anyone have suggestions on how to talk with him?
Tramadol acts as a mild SSRI, you just have not found the right medication yet. Tramadol for depression will just lead to drug dependancy.
I would be as honest and open with your GP as you have been here. I do know that SSRI's don't work for everyone with depression. Which is not a surprise, as research continues to find that there are quite a few different types & causes of depression. Physical & psychological pain have a close relationship. Pain can be a direct result of psychological distress, and some chronic pain can be prolonged by your attitude and thinking patterns around it. However, I don't know if Tramadol has been approved for long-term use for depression, though, especially because of dependency. So it may depend on how 'flexible' your GP is. But ultimately, the most effective long term treatment is re-training the brain, as in Cognitive -Behavoural Therapy, as SSRI's commonly lose their effectiveness after a while. The same thing could happen with Tramadol. I hope you can find some long -term relief.
- Tramadol Information for Consumers
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