I take the max dose of Trazodone which has made a tremendous difference. But even at the lowest dose it helped me some. It's also a fairly strong sleeping pill--at least for me. I also take Effexor, now the newer version of Pristiq, which doesn't affect my sex drive. But everyone is different. A number of people claim that Savella took away their fibromyalgia completely. Unfortunately I wasn't able to tolerate the nausea even taking anti-nausea pills every day.
Treating fibromyalgia is really a trial and error experience. What helps with one person doesn't help for another and vice versa. I took Lyrica years ago (before it was FDA approved for fibromyalgia, while it was in clinical trials for fibromyalgia use) and it did absolutely nothing for me, so I was switched over to gabapentin (Neurontin, Gralise) and it worked much, much better for me, not so much for the basic pain (I have other things going on with me than just fibromyalgia that cause me pain) but it calms down the overactivity in my nerve endings considerably, to the point that if I miss a dose, it's extremely noticeable.
Some people have found great success from taking the antidepressants that are approved for fibromyalgia, Cymbalta and Savella (in fact, the only thing that Savella's approved to treat in the US is fibromyalgia), though I had tried Cymbalta a few years ago and it actually increased my pain level and gave me panic attacks even worse than the ones that I was already getting and was trying to treat with the Cymbalta (thought I'd try to bring down the number of medications I was on by taking one drug for two purposes, didn't work though), so I stopped taking it. I never did try Savella because I've been on a handful of antidepressants and none other than the old tricyclic antidepressants (amitriptyline, nortriptyline) ever worked for my pain, so I figured it would be a waste to try the Savella. But from what I've gathered, the Savella seems to work for more people for fibromyalgia pain than the Cymbalta. Some people have success with trazadone, many more have success by taking muscle relaxers, either alone or in combination with other medications. And if a doctor ever tries to tell you that opioid pain relievers don't work for fibromyalgia pain, don't believe them! They DO help for fibro pain! I hope you find a medication, or combination of medications, that work well for you. Also, don't discount things like light exercise, water physical therapy, yoga, and such things, they seem to be effective for combating fibro pain, and probably more so for the fatigue, too. I can't personally do much because of my back and my knee, but on the days that I feel well enough, I'll take a short, brisk walk and I always feel pretty good, though perhaps slightly sore, afterwards.
Medications for Fibromyalgia are prescribed on an individual basis. It is a trial and error situation. For me I went through 3 or 4 different meds before they found something that helped. I am currently taking Cymbalta & Sulindac with multiple supplements (magnesium, folic acid, iron & B12). Try multiple cocktails until you find what works for you.
HELLO LYNN, Lyrica caused me to become delirious and I ended up in the hospital for 4 days. Nuerontin caused me to go into kidney failure and Savella caused a hepatic liver. I cannot take any of these types of meds. I cannot find a doc that will prescribe any type of narcotic thanks to people who abuse and OD. So I've filed for medical marijuana. This is my last resort. I don't know what to so. I hope you don't have the problems that I did and you can find some relief. God Bless you and yours, Teresa
- Lyrica Information for Consumers
- Lyrica Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Lyrica (detailed)
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