A new study shows that anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen and aspirin could effectively help treat depression without some of the adverse side-effects of traditional antidepressants.
Researchers from the University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, China, reviewed 26 existing studies to research how different anti-inflammatories affected depression. The anti-inflammatories included medications like ibuprofen and aspirin, statins, steroids, cytokine inhibitors, antiboitics, and omega 3 fatty acids often found in fish oils. It also included modafinil, which is used to treat sleep disorders, and N-acetyl cysteine, which is used to loosen excess phlegm in people with cystic fibrosis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder.
Researchers found that the anti-inflammatories were 52 percent more effective at reducing overall symptoms of depression than placebos and 79 percent more effective at eliminating them. The results were even better when anti-inflammatories were coupled with antidepressants