El Paso, TEXAS (KDBC) — Researchers at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso were hoping to solve a mysterious stomach disorder, and their findings were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association this week.
Over the course of 15 weeks they gave increasing doses of antidepressants to those suffering from gastroparesis, a disease that causes the nerves controlling stomach muscles to stop working.
Specifically, the cause of the patients' gastroparesis was unknown.
The medication did not improve their conditions much better than the placebo group, but a lead researcher says there were still some major developments from the study...
"When we broke the symptoms up into parts, the nausea, the abdominal pain, the appetite, the ability to finish a meal, there were significant differences," said Dr. Richard McCallum, a professor of medicine at TTUHSC.
More than 80 percent of the patients observed in the study were middle-aged women in their 50's.