Fibromyalgia Medication

physician explaining fibromyalgia medicationThe pain from fibromyalgia is perhaps some of the most intense pain that you are ever going to have to suffer. It is not just a ‘one off’ type of pain either. It is a chronic condition which can crop up at the most inopportune moments. It is pretty much a ‘life changer’. Sadly, since doctors really do not understand what causes fibromyalgia there is no cure. It is unlikely there will ever be a cure too. Thankfully you can obtain relief from the pain. There are a couple of natural remedies and fibromyalgia medication options available on the market that can help. I want to talk to you about a few of these on this page.

Now, the symptoms for fibromyalgia vary wildly from person to person. The medications that you will be prescribed will be delivered on a ‘case by case’ basis and it is up to your doctor to determine what the best treatment for your needs are. As I go through the fibromyalgia medication treatment I will highlight the situations where a particular treatment may be used.

What Are The Different Types of Fibromyalgia Medication?

Painkillers

These are without a doubt the most popular fibromyalgia medication. The vast majority of painkillers can actually be obtained ‘over the counter’ from your Pharmacy. However, you need to realize that non-prescription painkillers are not that effective on serious pain. They are more to ‘tide’ you over whilst you wait for a doctor’s visit to get something more effective. Paracetamol and Ibuprofen are the ‘big’ ones here.

It is likely that your doctor will prescribe you something to deal with the pain on a more serious basis. The most popular painkillers are Codeine and Tramadol. Both are incredibly effective on the severe pain from fibromyalgia at an ‘early stage’. However both of these medications are actually quite addictive. It is unlikely your doctor will keep you on them for too long. In addition to this, the longer you use them, the less effective they become. This is because your body builds up a sort of immunity to them. You therefore may be given a fairly long break from the painkillers to ‘reset yourself’.

As with all fibromyalgia medication it is important that you follow the instructions to the letter for your painkiller. Far too many people do not and this is going to cause sickness…and in some cases the results can be fatal if you take too many over a long period of time. If you feel as though the treatment is not helping with the pain then do talk to your doctor as they will be in the best position to help you out.

Antidepressant Medication

antidepressant pills are a very common medicine for fybromyalgiaWhen you are first diagnosed with fibromyalgia, it is likely that the first thing the doctor suggests to you is the use of antidepressant medication. This is NOT because fibromyalgia is a result of being depressed. It is simply because the chemical changes that this medication can make to the body will actually have an impact on the condition.

It is believed that fibromyalgia is caused by a low count of certain neurotransmitters (these carry messages to and from the pain). It is believed that this low count is what leads to fibromyalgia. The job of the antidepressants is to boost the chemical levels in the brain and hopefully bring them to a more natural point.

Now, there are plenty of different types of antidepressant medication on the market. When the doctor is determining what fibromyalgia medication to prescribe you they will take a look at the symptoms that you are suffering from. The more intense your symptoms, the stronger the medication you will be prescribed.

As you may well know, antidepressants are not a pleasant type of medication. Quite often they can have quite severe side effects and it is not uncommon for people to have to use a multitude of different medications before they find one that is right for them. Antidepressant medication is of course addicting and it is unlikely you will be prescribed them for long periods of time due to this.

Sleeping Medication

Home remedies for fibromyalgia to tackle sleeplessnessSleeping medication is not so much to deal with the pain. It is more to help you get a much better night’s sleep. Those who are dealing with fibromyalgia will find that they wake up almost constantly throughout the night. As you may know, lack of good quality sleep can actually cause the condition to be a bit more severe in the long run. This is one of only a few of the fibromyalgia medications on this list which can be purchased ‘over the counter’. In most cases it is this ‘weaker’ medication that will help you get a good night of sleep. If you need something a bit stronger then it is likely your doctor will be able to prescribe you some. Again, this is something which will be given on a short term basis due to the problems of it.

Muscle Relaxants

Some people who suffer from fibromyalgia suffer from muscle stiffness or spasms from time to time. Muscle relaxants will help you with this. They are often used as sleeping medication too and thus if you are using muscle relaxants then you will not need sleeping medication for the condition due to their sleep inducing effect.

Anticonvulsants

Medication such as Pregabalin and Gabapentin have been shown to have a positive impact on those who are dealing with fibromyalgia. They will not work on everybody and thus they are often given as a ‘last resort’. If you find that other treatments are not working then do talk to your doctor.

Antipsychotics

This is a fibromyalgia medication which has not yet been studied for its long-term impact on the pain associated with fibromyalgia. Preliminary studies are quite positive though. It is unlikely that your doctor will prescribe this in the first instance.

Finally

There is a program called Treating and Beating Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A patient’s self-help manual and it’s already helped thousands of people with this syndrome. Dr. Rodger Murphree is responsible for this research and he has developed a program that reverses the symptoms and even better, the cause of fibromyalgia. Click Here to read more on Dr. Murphree`s official website.

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