Fibromyalgia and CFS patients normally take 6 to12 different prescription medicines. Provigil, Cymbalta, Lunesta, Lyrica, Elavil, Klonopin, Ambien, Zanaflex, Neurontin, Trazadone, Paxil, Effexor and Xanax are all drugs that are used for fibromyalgia. Some of them can help, some useless, and others very harmful. Managing drugs alone has failed to produce any relief that is long-lasting from the usual fibromyalgia and CFS symptoms. The initial optimism of doctors and patients on the use of a new treatment drug eventually fades away. However, reports that some new medications with a huge marketing budget are in prospect.

Most of the fibromyalgia drugs usually prescribed have aftereffects that are alike or related to CFS and FMS symptoms.

The similarities in the symptoms can often confuse doctors when they try to figure out how effective the treatment is. Ambien, for example, has flu-like symptoms, sore throat, aching muscle pain, and tiredness just like CFS. Tranquilizers are frequently recommended for restless leg syndrome; aching and tight muscles, and sleeplessness. Nevertheless, these medicines drain the sleep hormone melatonin, which results in an interference of somebody's sleep-wake cycle (circadian rhythm). Rather than stimulating deep restorative sleep, these medicines inhibit it.

It is essential for one to realize that these medicines can cause or even lead to some or most of the symptoms experienced. A review of these drugs is important to understand their interactions and likely side effects. The right questions should be asked so that patients will be able to tell the symptoms they experienced soon after using the drug.

Sometimes, these symptoms start to show months after taking the drugs. Although these drugs drain the nutrients that help the proper functioning of the body, it might take a long time, maybe weeks or months before the side effects are noticed. However, some people might not just be able to do without these drugs.

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