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Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredA prescription medication is certainly part of your fibromyalgia treatment regimen. Right now there are three FDA approved fibromyalgia medications including duloxetine (Cymbalta), milnacipran (Savella), and pregabalin (Lyrica). These medications have brought relief to many men and women with fibromyalgia symptoms. Ask your doctor about prescriptions for fibromyalgia treatment. You may have to try two or three different prescription medications to find the one that works best for your symptoms. Once you find the right medication, you can enjoy reduced pain, less fatigue, better sleep, and an improved mood.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
Stacy Wiegman, PharmD, Pharmacy, answeredThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved three drugs for fibromyalgia: pregabalin, duloxetine and milnacipran. Your doctor may prescribe one of these drugs for you as well as other medicines for relieving pain, improving sleep, fighting depression, reducing stomach discomfort or relieving other symptoms you might be experiencing because of your fibromyalgia. Talk to your doctor about your symptoms. Together you can develop a treatment plan that's right for you.
Pfizer LYRICA™ (pregabalin) Team answered
There are many ways to manage the chronic widespread pain of fibromyalgia, including taking a prescription medicine. But your prescription is only part of a complete fibromyalgia treatment plan. One way to approach your treatment is to think of it as a series of steps:
- Learn all you can about fibromyalgia
- Work with your doctor to set a treatment goal—even one as simple as "be in less fibromyalgia pain"
- Work with your doctor to form a fibromyalgia treatment plan. Consider using more than one method—for instance, complement taking medicine with alternative treatment approaches
- Track progress over time—this will help you know when you’ve met your first goal
Many people can benefit from creating a fibromyalgia treatment plan that combines medicine and alternative treatment approaches.
- A healthy diet can make a difference
- Restful sleep can make a difference
- Being active can help
- Consider alternative treatment approaches, including physical therapy, chiropractic therapy, nutritional counseling, etc.
Talk to your doctor before making any changes to your diet, exercise routine, or treatment plan.
For many with fibromyalgia, prescription medicine is an important part of treatment. Ask your doctor if prescription medicine, such as LYRICA, could be a part of your fibromyalgia treatment plan. In clinical studies, LYRICA was proven to provide significant relief from fibromyalgia pain compared with a placebo, so patients felt better and could do more.*
*Individual results may vary.
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Important Safety Information (ISI)
LYRICA is not for everyone. LYRICA may cause serious, even life threatening, allergic reactions. Stop taking LYRICA and call your doctor right away if you have any signs of a serious allergic reaction. Some signs are swelling of your face, mouth, lips, gums, tongue, throat or neck, or if you have any trouble breathing, or have a rash, hives or blisters.
Drugs used to treat seizures increase the risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior. LYRICA may cause suicidal thoughts or actions in a very small number of people, about 1 in 500. Patients, family members or caregivers should call the doctor right away if they notice suicidal thoughts or actions, thoughts of self harm, or any unusual changes in mood or behavior. These changes may include new or worsening depression, anxiety, restlessness, trouble sleeping, panic attacks, anger, irritability, agitation, aggression, dangerous impulses or violence, or extreme increases in activity or talking. If you have suicidal thoughts or actions, do not stop LYRICA without first talking to your doctor.
LYRICA may cause swelling of your hands, legs and feet, which can be serious for people with heart problems. LYRICA may cause dizziness and sleepiness. You should not drive or work with machines until you know how LYRICA affects you. Also, tell your doctor right away about muscle pain or problems along with feeling sick and feverish, or any changes in your eyesight including blurry vision, or if you have any kidney problems or get dialysis.
Some of the most common side effects of LYRICA are dizziness, blurry vision, weight gain, sleepiness, trouble concentrating, swelling of your hands and feet, dry mouth, and feeling “high.” If you have diabetes, tell your doctor about any skin sores.
You may have a higher chance for swelling and hives if you are also taking angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors so tell your doctor if you are taking these medications. You may have a higher chance of swelling of your hands or feet or gaining weight if you are also taking certain diabetes medicines. Do not drink alcohol while on LYRICA. You may have a higher chance for dizziness and sleepiness if you take LYRICA with alcohol, narcotic pain medicines, or medicines for anxiety.
Before you start LYRICA, tell your doctor if you are planning to father a child, or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you have had a drug or alcohol problem, you may be more likely to misuse LYRICA.
In studies, a specific type of blood vessel tumor was seen in mice, but not in rats. The meaning of these findings in humans is not known.
Do not stop taking LYRICA without talking to your doctor. If you stop suddenly you may have headaches, nausea, diarrhea, trouble sleeping, increased sweating, or you may feel anxious. If you have epilepsy, you may have seizures more often.
LYRICA is indicated to treat fibromyalgia, diabetic nerve pain, spinal cord injury nerve pain, and pain after shingles. LYRICA is also indicated to treat partial onset seizures in adults with epilepsy who take 1 or more drugs for seizures.
Piedmont Heart Institute answeredPrescription medications for fibromyalgia patients can be recommended by your physician. Currently, both lyrica and cymbalta are approved for use by the FDA.
These medications need to be dosed and followed carefully by a physician and side effects noted and discussed openly with your physician.
These medications should be taken in combination with a comprehensive treatment strategy which includes reducing stress, getting plenty of sleep, exercise, a healthy diet and psychosocial therapy.
Jacob Teitelbaum, Integrative Medicine, answeredAbsolutely. People do best by combining a mix of natural and prescription therapies. My published research has shown that 91% of patients improve with an average 90% increase in quality of life by using this mix which we call "comprehensive medicine".