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Which over-the-counter pain relievers can help with fibromyalgia?

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Over-the-counter medicines that can help with fibromyalgia include acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen. Check with your doctor before taking NSAIDs regularly. Over a long period of time, they may raise your chances of getting a heart attack or stroke. They may also cause ulcers and bleeding in the stomach or intestines. Acetaminophen has fewer side effects, but it's important to stick to the dose your doctor recommends. Taking too much of the drug can lead to liver damage.

From: What Medicines Treat Fibromyalgia? WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 9, 2017

Medically Reviewed on 9/9/2017

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 9, 2017

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 9, 2017

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