Medication for Fibromyalgia

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Medication can be an important part of living with fibromyalgia. While medication cannot cure fibromyalgia, it can, for many people, help to effectively many of symptoms associated with fibromyalgia. Some types of medications often prescribed include:

Pain reliever, or analgesics, both over the counter and prescription may help relieve the pain associated with fibromyalgia. Naltrexone, used for years to treat drug addiction, is showing promise in patients with fibromyalgia, and the FDA has approved Cymbalta (duloxetine) for fibro pain as well.

Antidepressants are also used to treat pain and to alleviate some of the depressive symptoms that may occur when living with a chronic health condition.

Sleep aids are sometimes prescribed as insomnia is a common complaint of fibromyalgia sufferers.

Some patients with fibromyalgia suffer from gastrointestinal disturbances and may need additional medication for those symptoms as well.

One of the difficulties in effectively treating your fibromyalgia with medication may be paying for that prescription. A number of major retailers have a list of medications that are only $4. Take the list with you to the physician and see if any of the medications he or she prescribes are on that list, or might be substituted with a medication on that list.

Plus, the Partnership for Prescription Assistance helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need through the program that is right for them. Many will get their medications free or nearly free. For more information, contact http://www.pparx.org/.

There are also a number of nutritional supplements and vitamins and minerals that may effective in treating your fibromyalgia symptoms.


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Fibromyalgia is a prevalent condition that affects many people in the United States. Approximately 3.7 million Americans have Fibromyalgia. That is 1 in every 73 people.

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