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What medications are prescribed for fibromyalgia?

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The FDA has approved 3 drugs to treat fibromyalgia. Doctors sometimes also prescribe antidepressants. Other medications used to treat some fibromyalgia symptoms include:

  • Local anesthetics that are injected into especially tender areas can provide temporary relief, usually for no longer than three months.
  • Anticonvulsants or seizure medications such as Neurontin are effective for reducing pain and anxiety. It is unclear how these medications work to relieve the symptoms in fibromyalgia.
  • Muscle relaxants are occasionally prescribed to help alleviate pain associated with muscle strain in those with fibromyalgia.

SOURCES:

Mease, P. , Spring 2008; vol 18: pp 26-35. The Pain Practitioner

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: “Fibromyalgia and CAM: At a Glance.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Questions and Answers about Fibromyalgia.”

WebMD Medical Reference: “What is Fibromyalgia?;” “Fibromyalgia Medications;” “Fibromyalgia and Exercise;" “Fibromyalgia Treatments;” “Fibromyalgia and Alternative Treatments;” and “Herbs and Supplements for Fibromyalgia.”

National Fibromyalgia Association.  

WebMD Health News: "A Blood Test for Fibromyalgia?"

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on April 27, 2019

SOURCES:

Mease, P. , Spring 2008; vol 18: pp 26-35. The Pain Practitioner

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: “Fibromyalgia and CAM: At a Glance.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Questions and Answers about Fibromyalgia.”

WebMD Medical Reference: “What is Fibromyalgia?;” “Fibromyalgia Medications;” “Fibromyalgia and Exercise;" “Fibromyalgia Treatments;” “Fibromyalgia and Alternative Treatments;” and “Herbs and Supplements for Fibromyalgia.”

National Fibromyalgia Association.  

WebMD Health News: "A Blood Test for Fibromyalgia?"

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on April 27, 2019

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