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What should you know about treating fibromyalgia?

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There's no cure-all pill for your fibromyalgia, but you've got lots of medicines to choose from to treat your symptoms. Some drugs ease the aches and pains, while others may boost your energy or improve your sleep. You may need to take more than one fibromyalgia medicine to find relief. The FDA has approved three drugs to treat fibromyalgia: the antidepressants duloxetine (Cymbalta) and milnacipran (Savella), plus the anti-seizure medicine pregabalin (Lyrica). But your doctor may prescribe other drugs that aren't specifically approved for fibromyalgia. Medicines like these are sometimes called "off-label" medications. Each fibromyalgia drug has its own side effects, ranging from mild to serious. You and your doctor will work together to figure out the right medicine to keep your symptoms under control.

From: What Medicines Treat Fibromyalgia? WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 7, 2019

Medically Reviewed on 9/7/2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Fibromyalgia," "Antidepressants: Another Weapon Against Chronic Pain."

FDA: "Living with Fibromyalgia, Drugs Approved to Manage Pain," "Medical Guide for Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS)."

Arthritis Foundation: "Fibromyalgia Treatment."

Johns Hopkins Lupus Center: "Fibromyalgia Medications."

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Reviewed by David Zelman on September 7, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Fibromyalgia," "Antidepressants: Another Weapon Against Chronic Pain."

FDA: "Living with Fibromyalgia, Drugs Approved to Manage Pain," "Medical Guide for Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS)."

Arthritis Foundation: "Fibromyalgia Treatment."

Johns Hopkins Lupus Center: "Fibromyalgia Medications."

American College of Rheumatology: "Fibromyalgia."

Journal of the American Medical Association : "Treatment of Fibromyalgia Syndrome With Antidepressants."

Medscape: "Fibromyalgia Medication."

Journal of Clinical Rheumatology : "Efficacy of Tramadol in Treatment of Pain of Fibromyalgia."

Pain Medicine : "The Effects of Tizanidine HCL (Zanaflex) in Patients With Fibromyalgia."

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 7, 2019

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