Antidepressants as Sleeping Aids

If you are suffering from chronic back pain, some of your bigger problems aside from the great discomfort itself are likely to be insomnia and depression. The pain you are feeling, coupled with the fact that you cannot work or enjoy many of your favorite activities, can take its toll on your emotions, and can frequently prevent restful sleep. Many people with back pain therefore take antidepressants, which can treat both issues.

Indeed, certain antidepressants can be very effective in helping you sleep even as it relieves your emotional pain. The antidepressants that are most effective in this area are the ones with sedative properties. Taken in small doses, they usually offer several benefits as a sleeping aid, in that they are not addicting, they come with few and mild side-effects, and their use is not associated with either tolerance or physical dependence. Side effects generally include nausea, constipation, dry mouth, urinary retention, and a hangover-like effect in the morning.

Whichever medication you use to remedy your back pain symptoms, it is important to assure that you are using it right. Talk to our Edmonds chiropractic clinic for more information.