Fibromyalgia Medications

Fibromyalgia Medications

Learn more about medications, such as SNRIs and SSRIs, to treat fibromylgia pain and other fibro symptoms.

You may already be intimately familiar with the trial-and-error process involved in finding medications that help relieve your fibro symptoms. There are literally dozens of fibromyalgia medications you could try. Take a strategic approach by working closely with a doctor so you can monitor, modify, and fine-tune your fibromyalgia treatment program.

Fibromyalgia Medications for Pain
Several different classes of medications may reduce fibromyalgia pain, including over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers like acetaminophen, aspirin, and ibuprofen. Prescription antidepressants and anticonvulsants also may help relieve fibro pain if OTC products don't cut it.

Fibromyalgia Medications for Sleep Problems
Pain medications may also help with sleep problems—but not always. If you're having trouble sleeping, ask your doctor about adjusting your current fibromyalgia medications. You can also ask about the risks and benefits of adding an OTC sleep aid or a stronger prescription sleep aid, such as a muscle relaxant or central nervous system depressant.

Fibromyalgia Medications for Anxiety and Depression
Not surprisingly, anxiety and depression often accompany fibromyalgia. But there are several classes of medications that may help with depression and pain, such as tricyclic antidepressants, serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).

Medically reviewed in January 2019.

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