Medications

A92C1445C04AA0548E6441E4A181-1 The following is a list of the FDA approved medications to treat Fibromyalgia:

Lyrica (Pregabalin)
Lyrica is indicated for:
Management of neuropathic pain associated with diabetic peripheral neuropathy
Management of postherpetic neuralgia
Adjunctive therapy for adult patients with partial onset seizures
Management of fibromyalgia. (via)
The very first medication the FDA approved for the treatment of Fibromyalgia, on June 21, 2007.
By Pfizer Inc

Cymbalta (duloxetine hydrochloride)
Cymbalta is approved for the treatment of depression and generalized anxiety disorder, and for the management of diabetic peripheral neuropathic pain and fibromyalgia. (via)
FDA approved: June 2008
By Eli Lilly and Co.

Savella (milnacipran HCl)
a selective serotonin and norepinephrine dual reuptake inhibitor
FDA approved: January 16, 2009
by Forest Laboratories, Inc. and Cypress Bioscience, Inc.
Read the press release here:http://frx.com/news/PressRelease.aspx?ID=1244788

Updated press release on Savella from MedPage Today, published 02/05/2010

These are the only medications that right now are approved by the FDA for treatment of fibromyalgia. Please consult with your doctor to find the best treatment for you.

6 Responses to Medications

  1. Mare says:

    Do you know anything about essential oils for fibro? I suspect I have fibro….still getting tested. I want to find natural methods of dealing with it. Oils of thyme, clover, and lavender are supposed to be good for inflammation. What do you think? I’m popping in from the a-z, and am so glad to find you. I did not see that you had a facebook page. I will stay connected to you through google+ Here is my fb page link: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Adventures-in-the-Ballpark-Marianne-Ball/394038163950377?ref=hl
    OR, for my blog, click on my name. Come visit me, if you’d like. :0)

  2. I went to a Psychiatrist who works a lot with fibro patients and in conjunction with information he had received from the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) fibro clinic, he recommend Geodon (which is an anti-psychotic) it helps fibro patients with their pain levels. I tried to go off of it and felt terrible, so I’m staying on it. I current take 60 mg nightly. I also take Seroquel (another anti-psychotic) at night (50 mg) which helps me sleep. As with Geodon, I tried to go off of it, and it didn’t work. These two medications have helped me so much to manage my pain and to help with insomnia. Please note neither of these are FDA approved for fibro, but they sure work for me!

    p.s. I tried Lyrica and it didn’t help me at all…it gave me horrible nightmares and messed with my sleep, plus did nothing for the pain.

  3. Mary Castle says:

    I read in one of the previous posts that the individual is recommending Dr.Teitelbaum’s site for meds, etc. As someone who tried the fibro & fatigue center located in one eastern city, I would not recommend either the doctor or the locations that use his “protocol”. I was so sick after a month on his meds, that I had to cancel a scheduled trip that involved air travel. I subsequently discovered that a doctor whom I had seen in the past, had returned to practising medicine after a short sabbatical and took all of the info I had received from the center. First of all, she had known the doc running the center as they had attended the same med school and she did not have many positive remarks about him. And of all of the many drugs, supplements, etc. that they had prescribed for me, she found only one or two that might have been beneficial.

    Also, the cost of going to one of the Fibro & Fatique centers is prohibitively high — yes, they will charge it to your credit card, but does one need several thousand dollars a month??? And while my insurance at the time did cover the cost of the 50 + plus lab tests were covered, many were unnecessary. To me the centers remind me of the Snake Oil Salesmen of the past — I well remember my uncle telling about the number of bottles of so called “heart meds” they found in my grandmother’s medicine cabinet after her death in 1937! And her death followed a fall, so how do we know her heart was even the cause???? To think that an educated woman had spent so much money for various patent medicines during the depression is rather sad!!!

  4. Unfortunately, you’ll have a pretty short list because there are very few approved by FDA specifically for FM. But many others, such as muscle relaxants that work on substance P, gabapentin (much cheaper than the FDA approved Lyrica, but to my knowledge not approved specifically for FM), Ultram ….. Perhaps linking people to Dr. Teitelbaum’s site, where he lists 30 medications I believe. ? Rather than recreate the wheel, use a wheel that is a good one IF you think it’s a good one.

    Your overview about FM is excellent… I would rather refer people to it than recreate it!

    • flourishwithfibro says:

      Thanks Mardy for the comments on medications. I am in the process of researching a list. You are correct, there are only a couple of FDA approved medications for FM. The hardest part about FM is that the the condition is different for everyone. There is no set “happy pill” or magical cure” for it. I think over the past decade, I have taken over 20 different medications. Add to the list vitamins and homeopathic therapies, and I could write a book on just what I have tried. The overall message is that in the end, it doesn’t matter what the FDA says, it’s down to you, and how you feel about your body. Do what is right for you.
      Thank you for your comment about my FM overview. New reports are coming out everyday. I will update this site as I find them.

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