How is depression treated in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS)?

Updated: Oct 08, 2019
  • Author: Christopher Luzzio, MD; Chief Editor: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA  more...
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Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors are preferred for treating depressive symptoms in patients with MS. Second-line treatment options include the use of tricyclic antidepressants. The anticholinergic side effects of tricyclic antidepressants may be helpful to patients with symptoms of bladder spasticity or chronic pain. For more information, see the Medscape Reference article Depression.


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