I currently am prescribed ritalin for my fatigue problem. Been on it for 10 years and it always helped. Unfortunately I seem to be developing a tolerance and the fatigue is again controlling my days more and more. Has anyone been on other meds for fatigue that work? I can't take any of the "fibro drugs" cuz of the side effects so I must rely on symptom management.
Also if you know of any research or articles on the topic I can print for my doc I'd much appreciate it.
Hello, I was also prescribed Ritalin for fatigue from fibro. I only took it sparingly and when I did it seemed to work. My most recent rheumatologist found it bizzare that I had been prescribed it. I would think any med prescribed for ADD which Ritalin is primarily used for might work. I have read extensively about a medication called LDN - Low Dose Naltrexone which is supposed to be a miracle drug for FMS, however, I have had no luck in finding an MD who will prescribe it. Look it up online. I think the site I went on was curetogether.com Maybe you will have luck with it. I too cannot take the new meds (Cymbalta, Savella) due to awful side effects and must take management meds. Let us know what you find. BRuthD
4 Mar 2014
Fatigue is a common comorbidity of Fibromyalgia, however in the USA fibromyalgia is defined only in terms of pain. Thus any research is confined to pain management. However ritalin, Adderall, provigil and nuvigil have helped the fatigue associated with fibromyalgia, used off label. Another comorbidity of fibromyalgia is ADD/ADHD. If you are diagnosed with this condition, you may more readily be given the meds above for the ADD/ADHD and treat both sets of symptoms. I encountered several deaths per year of patients who apparently fell asleep or were inattentive when driving due to fatigue. Many of my patients reported driving off the road, across lanes and falling asleep driving w & w/o accidents. No formal studies will be done until fatigue is recognized as part of the fibromyalgia diagnosis by the FDA. However physicians can prescribe off label uses for medications. Few physicians are very knowledgeable of FM unfortunately. Google Fibromyalgia and ADD and find a MD (frequently a psychiatrist) who can diagnose it, and you can have both treated, the drugs for ADD are often the same as those which work for the fatigue of FM. I am currently retired but treated thousands of men, women and adolescents with FM.
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