Depression is the most common mental
health problem in people who have
multiple sclerosis (MS). It may result from having a
chronic disease or may be a side effect of certain MS medicines, such as
interferon beta. Depression may be treated with:
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), such as
fluoxetine (Prozac) or sertraline (Zoloft). These medicines may also
make the person more alert and help reduce fatigue.
Selective serotonin/norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) such as duloxetine (Cymbalta) and venlafaxine (Effexor). These medicines are mainly used as antidepressants. Duloxetine may also help with some types of pain.
Tricyclic antidepressants, such as amitriptyline,
desipramine (Norpramin), or imipramine (Tofranil).
There are other antidepressant medicines in addition
to those listed above. Your doctor can help identify ones
that are best for your situation, based on your symptoms, other medicines you
are taking, and other health problems you may have.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an advisory on antidepressant medicines and the risk of suicide. Talk to your doctor about these possible side effects and the warning signs of suicide.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerBarrie J. Hurwitz, MD - Neurology