About Fibromyalgia Medications
Are you wondering what exactly it is that your fibromyalgia medications do? Have you ever wondered what led to your diagnosis of fibromyalgia and what are the most common fibromyalgia causes?
The treatment for fibromyalgia that your doctor prescribes will be much less confusing and much more effective if you have a full understanding of the condition.
What is Fibromyalgia?
Your fibromyalgia is defined by pain that is chronic and spread throughout your entire body. That said, your symptoms with fibromyalgia may go far beyond your chronic pain.
You may have numbness, tingling sensation, TMJ, grinding of the teeth, irritable bowel syndrome, bladder irregularities, sleep pattern disturbances, extreme fatigue, headache and unexplained weight loss.
Your physical symptoms may also be coupled with emotional problems such as stress, depression and anxiety. There are medication for both physical and emotional symptoms.
Pain Relievers for Fibromyalgia
The pain from fibromyalgia causes many people to seek relief with the help of a fibromyalgia medication. Once you have received your diagnosis of fibromyalgia your doctor can help you find a pain reliever that works for you. There are many different types of pain relievers that can be used when you are in treatment for fibromyalgia.
The most common fibromyalgia medications used for pain relief would include analgesics, anti-inflammatories, anti-depressants, and anti-convulsants.
Analgesics and Anti-inflammatories
It would not be uncommon for your doctor to recommend that you try an over the counter pain reliever like Tylenol. They may also suggest that you take an anti-inflammatory of NSAID drug like aspirin or ibuprofen.
That said, these over the counter pain relievers may not be effective for you and your doctor might need to prescribe you something stronger like tramadol.
Anti-depressants and Anti-convulsants
Don't be surprised if your doctor prescribes you a drug that seems less than conventional after your diagnosis of fibromyalgia. Drugs that are used to treat seizures and depression are also used when you are in treatment for fibromyalgia.
These drugs make excellent fibromyalgia medications because they work within the chemistry of your brain to block pain signals. This means that your pain is prevented rather than relived. The reason these drugs are dual purpose is because the same neurotransmitters in your brain that relay pain messages are also used for mood and seizure.
Anti-depressants that are used as medication vary, but may include amitriptyline, doxepin, and noritriptyline. Your doctor may also prescribe Prozac in combination with one of the aforementioned antidepressant drugs.
They may also prescribe an SSRI anti-depressant such a Zoloft or Paxil to ease any depression or anxiety you are experiencing.
Anti-convulsants are commonly used as medication. In fact, you may find that anti-convulsants like Lyrica work best for you when you are in treatment for fibromyalgia because they relieve pain and help improve every day function.
In fact, Lyrica is the first drug that is approved by the Food and Drug Administration in the treat of people who have fibromyalgia.
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