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What are the most common side effects of fibromyalgia drugs?

Expert:   Betty Keller, MD, FACR, Board Certified Internal Medicine & Rheumatology »

Every drug has their side effects and that includes fibromyalgia prescriptions. Watch this to see what the common ones are.

Transcript: There are three medications FDA approved to manage fibromyalgia: Lyrica, Cymbalta and Savella. Although each one is effective for some people, they also can cause side effects. The most common side effects of Lyrica include mild to moderate dizziness and sleepiness. And the higher your dose, the more likely you are to experience these side effects. Less common side effects of Lyrica can include blurred vision, dry mouth and swelling of the hands and feet. In rare cases, a severe allergic reaction can cause hives, swelling of the face and trouble breathing. You should avoid drinking alcohol while taking Lyrica.The most common side effects associated with Cymbalta are constipation, dry mouth and nausea. When first starting Cymbalta, you may experience dizziness upon standing. This is due to a drop in blood pressure, so your doctor may want to check your blood pressure from time to time while you’re on the drug. Other side effects include: decreased appetite and sex drive, drowsiness and increased sweating.In trials, the most common side effect of Savella was nausea. But other mild-to-moderate side effects did appear, such as: constipation, dizziness, sweating, insomnia, high blood pressure, increased heart rate and excessive sweating.Before you choose to take any medication for your fibromyalgia pain, you should discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. In rare cases, a fibromyalgia medication may cause suicidal thoughts and actions, particularly in teens and young adults. If this applies to you, both you and those close to you should be particularly alert to any behavior indicating such moods.For more answers to your fibromyalgia questions, check out other videos in this series. More »

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