Whilst the treatment or management of fibromyalgia will often involve a combination of medication and exercise, it is the prescribing of medication that
Where pain is the main fibromyalgia symptom, a treating clinician may well recommend a prescription pain killer, an anticonvulsant or an antidepressant.
Anticonvulsant drugs were developed to treat seizures in patients with neurological conditions such as epilepsy but can also help relieve many types of pain including neuropathic pain. Both Gabapentin and Pregabalin are anticonvulsant drugs that have proven to be effective in treating pain in fibromyalgia sufferers.
As described earlier, antidepressants are very useful and are widely employed in relieving fibromyalgia pain and improving deep restorative sleep. They work by balancing the levels of serotonin and other chemicals in the brain.
The decision as to what choice of medication should be prescribed will depend very much on the type of fibromyalgia, the severity of the symptoms, and any side effects.