Anti-depressants are known for treating depression.
So why would you be prescribed an anti-depressant medication if you have ME/CFS but are not depressed?
Please note: Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are believed to fall under the umbrella term 'ME/CFS'. To make it easier for you to read through this page, Sleepydust will use the term 'ME/CFS' to refer to them collectively. But it's worth bearing in mind that each of these separate terms have overlapping but different definitions.
The world of ME/CFS and treatment can be confusing. What works for one ME/CFS sufferer may not necessarily work for another. What's more, there are lots of 'miracle cures' out there, claiming to be the answer for curing ME/CFS, even though no standard cure has yet been found.
No wonder why many ME/CFS sufferers are skeptical when they are prescribed anti-depressants when they are not necessarily depressed. But there is a reason why your doctor might prescribe antidepressants for you...
Anti-Depressants Can Help To Alleviate Fatigue...
Research suggests that anti-depressants can actually help to alleviate fatigue. Certain types of antidepressants have been known to help alleviate the fatigue of ME/CFS sufferers, even if they are not depressed. In some ME/CFS patients, signs of improvement show after only a few weeks.
For example, according to doctors, a low dose of a tricyclic antidepressant such as Amitriptylline at bedtime can help promote sleep and improve disturbed sleeping patterns.