Fibromyalgia is a complicated health issue. It seems to change the way your brain registers pain. It’s marked by pain in your muscles, bones, tendons, and nerves. Fibromyalgia may be caused by several factors. These can include genetics, infections, injury, and stress. Women tend to develop it more often than men. People with arthritis also seem to be more likely to get fibromyalgia.
There’s no cure for fibromyalgia, but medications and other treatments can help ease symptoms. Here’s a list of prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs that may help relieve your fibromyalgia pain.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first drug to treat fibromyalgia in 2007. That drug was pregabalin (Lyrica). This medication works by affecting chemicals in your brain that may play a role in fibromyalgia. It blocks the activity of certain nerve cells that send pain signals through your body.
The more common side effects of this drug can include:
- weight gain
- dry mouth
- trouble concentrating