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Three Common Fibromyalgia Treatments

September 8, 2014

Fibromyalgia pic A disorder characterized by musculoskeletal pain throughout the body, fibromyalgia is a complicated condition that researchers have yet to fully understand. Because there is currently no cure for fibromyalgia, treatment focuses primarily on symptom management. Here are three common fibromyalgia treatments:

Pain relievers—Because fibromyalgia patients typically experience high levels of pain, over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen, are commonly prescribed. Doctors may also recommend a prescription pain reliever such as tramadol. Narcotics like oxycodone are rarely used, as they can actually worsen pain over time and lead to dependence.

Antidepressants—In recent years, physicians have begun prescribing antidepressants like milnacipran and duloxetine to relieve much of the fatigue and pain caused by fibromyalgia. For individuals experiencing difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, doctors may also prescribe a sedative, such as fluoxetine or amitriptyline.

Anti-seizure medication—Some fibromyalgia patients respond well to epilepsy drugs, such as gabapentin and pregabalin, which was the first fibromyalgia drug to earn apAnti-seizure medicationproval from the Food and Drug Administration.