Anti-inflammatories May Help Ease Depression

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Anti-inflammatory drugs may help ease depressive symptoms along with antidepressants, according to a new study.

The study, published online in JAMA Psychiatry, found that the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) could be linked to people having better responses to antidepressants without a higher risk of side effects. For the study, researchers, led by Ole Kohler, MD, of Aarhus University Hospital, Risskov, Denmark, reviewed 14 trials that reviewed the effects of anti-inflammatory drug treatment in a total of 6,262 adults with depressive symptoms or depression. Study authors say most studies were small and lasted a short time and that the studies also "tended to exaggerate treatment effects."

Researchers ultimately determined that specific anti-inflammatory drugs, particularly celecoxib, showed promise and said that research should continue.

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