Author: BJGP Life

New NICE Guideline – Antidepressants and chronic pain: chicken or egg?

New NICE guidelines suggest that patients with chronic primary pain should be withdrawn from ‘addictive’ analgesic and benzodiazepine medicines – and that ‘non-addictive’ antidepressants should be the only pharmacological option ‘recommended’. For Marion Brown this scenario is fraught with problems – might it just be changing one set of harmful medications for another?

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