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Codeine for depression? New thoughts

Posted by Barbara on September 6, 1998, at 15:00:58

In reply to Codeine for depression?, posted by Delphine on June 12, 1998, at 18:28:05

> Am I crazy, or did I read some obscure posting that mentioned that codeine might relieve depression in some individuals? I truly thought I read that somewhere.
> Thanks for any comments.
I'm currently taking Wellbutron for depression, have been on various SSRI's, etc. Codeine hurts my stomach, but I've found that taking hydrocodone can bring me out of a depressive funk almost immediately. Which begs the question: is there any research being done on the opiate receptors role in depression? I know that Effexor (venlafaxine) is the only(?) phenylethylamide out there which ties into the opiate pathways, but are there other similar avenues being pursued? Seem a likely candiate since 'absence of pleasure' is so prevalent in depression.




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