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Fibro Medications

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What medications treat fibromyalgia?

Expert:   Harry D. Fischer, MD, Chief of Rheumatology, Beth Israel Medical Center New York »

Drugs have the ability to treat your FM pain and symptoms successfully. Check out this video to learn which ones are FDA-approved for fibromyalgia.

Transcript: Fibromyalgia patients may use painkillers to relieve their aches. Although fibromyalgia isn’t caused by any sort of inflammation, NSAIDs, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, are taken for their pain relief component. Ibuprofen, aspirin and naproxen are all NSAIDs. Acetaminophen, or Tylenol is also an over-the-counter option. Sometimes, doctors will prescribe a stronger painkiller, although this is rare. There are THREE drugs specifically approved by the Food & Drug Administration for use against fibromyalgia symptoms. The FIRST, pregabalin, was originally developed to treat pain caused by nervous system damage. The SECOND to be approved, duloxetine, is used as both an anti-depressant and to treat nerve pain associated with fibromyalgia. Milnacipran a dual serotonin‐norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor, is ONLY approved for fibro treatment. All three of these drugs lessen pain and improve function. These aren’t the ONLY med options -- each person with fibromyalgia has a drug therapy plan tailored to their distinctive symptoms and complications. Head to a doctor for more specifics. More »

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