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Treatments for ME/CFS

We asked about 29 common (in 1994) treatments for ME/CFS. Efficacy ratings for the treatments for the combined long and short-term groups revealed that the highest percentage of "moderate to major improvements" were reported for Ampligen (100%, n=3), anti-allergy diet (32%, n=186), antidepressant medication (28%, n=249), anti-yeast diet (27%, n=183), and stress reduction/biofeedback (26%, n =133).

Treatments most likely to be rated "felt worse" were IV antibiotics (39%, n = 38), oral antibiotics (36%, n= 195) and antidepressant medication (31 %, n=249). So, more people got worse on antidepressant medication than got better.