Medications for Fibromyalgia
Once diagnosed with fibromyalgia your doctor will no doubt start you off on over-the-counter (OTC) pain relief. Sometimes muscle relaxants will be prescribed or recommended for OTC purchase. Occasionally they may also specify a mild sedative for night time use only, just to get you into a sleeping pattern. The next step is NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) As mentioned in Fibromyalgia Treatment. It is somewhat hit and miss. These medications for fibromyalgia do not work very well for fibro patients.
New Medications for Fibromyalgia.
It took them long enough, but suddenly everyone is scrambling to dig deep into our pockets! For years I have heard fibromyalgia is all in your head, now suddenly the big pharmaceuticals believe us and are jumping on the fibromyalgia bandwagon.
New medications for fibromyalgia are springing up when in fact these drugs are not new! They are medications used for other illnesses but someone has decided they are good for fibro too! Lyrica, Cymbalta, Savella, the television adverts make them sound like a miracle cure, but they are not!
They have horrific side effects. They work by altering your brain chemistry to change how your brain perceives the symptoms you are experiencing.
These drugs are costly, and many with fibromyalgia are disabled and unable to work, so funds are naturally tight.
Fibromyalgics then worry and look at these drugs as being their elusive cure, and many go into debt to obtain these meds. The truth is these new medications for fibromyalgia only showed modest results in clinical trials compared to a placebo. Give me a sugar pill any day!
Seriously though, we need to be vigilant. Don’t accept their claims just because they appear on television adverts. If you have tried any of these medications for fibromyalgia and they worked for you fine. I am happy you found something that helped.
I know several people who tried Lyrica. Some, it didn’t do anything for, others it helped for a week or two then back to square one. A couple felt it worked for them, but they found it far too expensive to continue usage.
Narcotic/Opioid Medication for Fibromyalgia.
When all else fails…
Narcotics are usually the last resort for relieving the symptoms of fibromyalgia. As a general rule, only rheumatologists or pain clinics will prescribe you with morphine or other narcotics to ease your chronic pain.
Again, you are in control of your health. We have the final decision to make whether or not we will take this medication. My concern with this type of drugs is that we build up a tolerance to it and to achieve the same effect, over time, we need more and more of it to be pain-free.
Also, I have been with fibromyalgia that has been doped to the eyeballs and kept falling asleep on me. They stopped mid-sentence and dozed off. I decided there, and then I didn’t want to end up like that.
But, we are all different, and we all experience various symptoms and pain levels. Some can cope better than others.
Medications that may be prescribed for fibromyalgia are:
- Anticonvulsants to relieve pain, assist in sleep and stabilize mood.
- Antidepressants for depression, pain and sleep.
- Analgesics for pain -NSAIDs, Cox-II inhibitor, topical or opioid)
- Muscle Relaxants for anxiety and sleep.
- Stimulants mental activity and energy
It is easy to give in to this illness and become disabled and live a miserable life. We have to be firm in our belief that yes, we have fibromyalgia but fibro does not have me!
The bottom line?
Medications for fibromyalgia are a matter of personal choice. I would encourage everyone to research natural ways of dealing with this illness.
We have more than enough to contend with without the nasty side-effects of these drugs, drugs that are making pharmaceutical companies rich.
Side Note; there is a natural protocol that claims to work well for fibromyalgia. It reverses fibro, and we shall go into more depth on that under Alternative Therapies soon. Be sure to bookmark us.