Fibromyalgia: An Environmental Scan

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APPENDIX I

Common Treatment for Fibromyalgia

Medication

Description

Addresses

Side Effects

Approved for Use in FM (Yes/No)

Tricyclic anti-depressants Common Tricylclic Anti-Depressants Approved by FDA: amitriptyline (Elavil), nortriptyline (Pamelor) and imipramine (Tofranil) Primarily used to improve sleep and decrease pain intensity Dizziness, Dry Mouth and Possible Weight Gain

No

Muscle relaxants Common Tricylclic Anti-Depressants Approved by FDA: cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) and carisoprodol (Soma) Treats muscle spasm, pain relief and aids in sleep

No

Tramadol Tramadol (Ultram) OR tramadol/acetaminophen (Ultracet) Combination: Approved by FDA For pain relief Dizziness, Nausea and Constipation; Less side effects than traditional opioids

No

Pregabalin (Lyrica) Lyrica  Approved by FDA Improves sleep, fatigue and treats pain Dizziness, sleepiness and issues with concentration

Yes

SSRIs Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) Approved by FDA: fluoxetine hydrochloride (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil) and sertraline hydrochloride (Zoloft); Treats pain and depression Anxiety, sleep difficulty and loss of appetite

No