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Valerian For Fibromyalgia
It depends: Every fibromyalgia patient is different and a medicine that works for one patient may not work for another. Cyclobenzaprine (flexeril) is a muscle relaxant that belongs to a class of drugs called the tricyclic antidepressants. Lyrica (pregabalin) is a seizure medicine that is also used to treat pain. While many patients benefit from these medicines, others don't tolerate them. You will have to try. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes and no: Endpe is a tricyclic antidepressnat. This class is commonly used in fibromylagia but comes with a number of side effects. Endep (amitriptyline) happens to work well but does have a higher propensity to cause these problems. Another if you cannot handle these side effects you may want to discuss another class like snri's with your physician. ...Read more
Fibro?: The first question is: "do you really have fibromyalgia?". It is significantly over-diagnosed in the medical community. Degenerative disease with "myofascial" (soft-tissue) symptoms of the muscles, ligaments, tendons in the associated anatomy is the more typical underlying cause of chronic pain. Savella (milnacipran) "may" help somewhat if, and only if, most of your symptoms are coming from true fm. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Fibromyalgia: Dear butterfly78765, nortriptyline is an older tricyclic antidepressants which has cardiac and anticholinergic side effects. It would be best to optimize one medication, either one would be fine, Cymbalta (duloxetine) would be preferred due to lesser side effects, major one being 10% patients can get high blood pressure. The answer is purely for educational purposes, please contact your md. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
They can be: Fluoxetine is an anti-anxiety, anti-depressant medication that may help mood and anxiety problems that can be common in fibromyalgia. Gabapentin is an anti-convulsant medication that can be used off-label to improve neuropathic pain, which is common in fibromyalgia. So in some patients, together these medications can improve different problems that occur in fibromyalgia. ...Read more
Take Klonopin (clonazepam) for anxiety and sleep,Fetzima for depression,what's an alternative for Klonopin (clonazepam) that I can use,take1mg 1am,1noon,2 bed?
Many alternatives: There are many alternatives, but it depends on why you're looking for an alternative. Is Klonopin (clonazepam) not working? Perhaps the dose in wrong. Are you looking to get off of benzodiazepines (the drug class that Klonopin (clonazepam) is in) altogether? If so, then your doctor should slowly titrate you off the medication (10-25% weekly or biweekly, depending on how long you've been taking) while initiating another med ...Read more
Bipolar II and anxiety disorders. Take klonopin for the anxiety, Neurontin (gabapentin) for mood stability. Recommendation for antidepressants for the depression?
Your doctor: is the best person to answer this question. The answer requires detailed knowledge of your situation, no two are alike, and your struggles with depression. The medications you are taking may, over time, work on your depression as well as your other symptoms. Ask at your next visit or schedule one. If at any time you feel you may harm yourself, have any thoughts of suicide, go right to ER ...Read more
Not just pills: Fibromyalgia treatment includes not only possible medications, but attending to all aspects of lifestyle: your diet; exercise; your sleep patterns; assessing and dealing with stress in your life, etc. Nutrients like mg and b vitamins are important, but you need a total program. http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/art00701/fibromyalgia integrative/holistic medicine physicians can help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Medical opinions: nootropics, tcm, &chiropractors a safe alternative to psych meds for ptsd & mood disorders and pain medicines for chronic pain?
Really complicated: So many therapeutic approaches are in your question, it's impossible to answer. Even the "nootropic" part is extremely complicated. These can be food substances like phenethylamine and l-theanine (found in chocolate and green tea) or many other things. Different ones have different characteristics, safety, & effectiveness. An integrative physician could help guide you. www.holisticboard.org. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer