Fibromyalgia is a medical condition that causes widespread pain throughout the body. Other symptoms include insomnia, fatigue, and depression. The exact cause of this condition is unknown, but it seems to be more common among those with a family history of fibromyalgia symptoms or those who have suffered some sort of physical or emotional trauma. There are several fibromyalgia medications on the market, including over-the-counter and prescription medications as well as herbal medications for those who prefer more natural symptom relief.
Fibromyalgia medications often begin with a class of pain relievers referred to as analgesics. These medications can include over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen and prescriptions medications such as tramadol. If these medications are not sufficient to relieve the pain from fibromyalgia, stronger medications known as narcotics may be prescribed.
Antidepressants are another popular choice among fibromyalgia medications. While depression is relatively common in those suffering from this condition, antidepressants are not only used for this purpose. Research has shown that low dosages of certain antidepressants not only help relieve the insomnia that is so common in fibromyalgia, but it may also help the patient to reach a deep enough level of sleep to allow the body to repair itself.
Benzodiazepines are often used as fibromyalgia medications because of their ability to help relieve the tension in sore and achy muscles. These muscle relaxants are often prescribed along with pain medications. Benzodiazepines may also help relief other symptoms such as insomnia and restless leg syndrome.
Some patients may prefer to try more natural fibromyalgia medications before using prescription medications. Each patient responds to these treatments differently, so trial and error is often necessary. With these types of treatments, it may take several weeks before any noticeable changes occur. Natural fibromyalgia medications are aimed at relieving specific symptoms, so it is wise to consult a medical professional concerning the right combination.
Ginseng is often used by fibromyalgia patients to help boost energy levels, and many believe that it may also improve the functioning of the immune system. Valerian root is sometimes used to ease symptoms of anxiety and to promote restful sleep. Saint John's Wort is commonly used as a natural antidepressant, but it should not be used along with any prescription antidepressants. Skullcap may help to reduce muscle tension and spasms in some patients and is reportedly used as a sleep aid as well.