Relationship between anti-depressant use and lung cancer survival

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April 8, 2018 at 2:55 pm  #1294191    


The article linked below suggests that using specific types of anti-depressants (tricyclic and NDRI’s) increases survival in lung cancer in both clinically and statistically significant ways. No benefit is seen with SSRI’s however.

NDRI means norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake inhibitors, one of which is Wellbutrin, which happens to be a medication I have been taking now for about half a year. It seems like a really easy thing to try to extend survival so I thought maybe other people here would be interested.

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April 9, 2018 at 7:02 am  #1294193    
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Hi onthemark,

Thanks for sharing that very interesting study, which may be helpful to our other members. Any additional weapons in the fight against lung cancer are certainly of interest!

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