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What are medications for Fibromyalgia?


Fibromyalgia affects 2 to 4 percent of the population, according to the American College of Rheumatology (ACR). And it mostly affects women, and tends to develop in early to middle adulthood. There are many different medications available and used to treat fibromyalgia symptoms, including pain medicines, sleeping pills, and antidepressants because people with fibromyalgia have typically turned to these medicines. Some fibromyalgia medicines help ease pain for the patient and others medicine boost mood and improve sleep. Medication aims to ease your symptoms as much as possible and to improve your quality of life. So Working with your doctor will help you find the right fibromyalgia medication to add to your treatment. Here are some medications for fibromyalgia so that you can manage your symptoms effectively.

Painkillers

Simple painkiller medicine such as paracetamol and other weak opioids can also be considered in the treatment of fibromyalgia. These drugs are designed to take the edge off less severe pain. Analgesics are also painkillers. They range from over-the-counter drugs, such as acetaminophen, to prescription drugs, such as tramadol, and even stronger narcotic drugs. For a subset of people with fibromyalgia, narcotic medications are prescribed for severe muscle pain.

Antidepressants Medications

In treating fibromyalgia, tricyclic antidepressants are taken at bedtime in doses that are a fraction of those used for treating depression and actually can be beneficial as sleep aids. Tricyclic antidepressants reduce fatigue, relieve muscle pain and spasm, and promote deep, restorative sleep in patients with fibromyalgia. Examples of tricyclic antidepressants commonly used in treating fibromyalgia include amitriptyline (Elavil) and doxepin (Sinequan).

Nerve pain Medicine or anti-seizure medicine

In 2007, Pregabalin (Lyrica) became the first medication approved specifically for treating fibromyalgia. Lyrica may work by blocking nerve pain in patients with fibromyalgia. Lyrica has the advantages of flexible dosing that can be adjusted according to persisting symptoms. In the United States for FM treatment pregabalin is an anti-seizure medicine that has been found to be effective in treating several fibromyalgia symptoms, including pain and sleeping problem. A related medication, gabapentin (Neurontin), is also used to treat fibromyalgia.

Muscle relaxants and sleep medicines

if you have stiffness, or spasms, in your muscles as a result of fibromyalgia, professional, may prescribe a muscle relaxant to help ease your symptoms and are commonly taken at bedtime. Muscle relaxants include medicines called tizanidine (Zanaflex) and methocarbamol (Robaxin). Muscle stiffness and spasms can also affect your ability to sleep, and then your doctor may prescribe an over-the-counter sleep medicine, or herbal supplement. One of the muscle relaxant medicines mentioned above may help you to sleep more deeply at night because they have a sedative effect. Stronger medicines, such as zopiclone and zolpidem, which can help you sleep.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

These drugs are used to treat inflammation and pain. These include aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen medicine. NSAIDs work by inhibiting prostaglandins, which play a role in pain and inflammation. They may also relieve menstrual cramps and the headaches often associated with fibromyalgia.

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