Effexor and acupuncture can work together to relieve depression
While Effexor helps many patients overcome feelings of sadness, some patients need additional assistance. A common option is to treat depression with counseling.
While Effexor helps many patients overcome feelings of sadness, some patients need additional assistance. A common option is to treat depression with counseling. Talking through feelings can be a great supplement to this medication that helps people overcome that down-in-the-dumps feeling. However, new research has shown that acupuncture may be just as useful.
What professionals found
There were 755 patients who had been diagnosed with depression that were included in this study. Randomly, these individuals were split up into one of three groups with different treatments: acupuncture, counseling and "usual" depression care. Using the Patient Health Questionnaire at three months and with a 12-month follow-up, the effects of each were assessed by researchers.
Both acupuncture and counseling showed significantly better results than that of usual care. However, there was no indication that one of these two was better than the other. So, researchers concluded that based on their findings, acupuncture could be just as useful in treating depression as counseling. And when paired with antidepressants such as Effexor, patients may experience even greater results.
"For people who have depression, who have tried various medical options, who are still not getting the benefit they want, they should try acupuncture or counseling as options that are now known the be clinically effective," Hugh MacPherson, lead author of the study, said in a statement.
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"Clearly acupuncture is a new option," MacPherson acknowledged. "This is the first evidence that acupuncture really helps."
With that in mind, patients who are taking Effexor should talk to their doctors if they are considering adding either acupuncture or counseling to their treatment regime. If one doesn't work, perhaps it's time to try the other.