Can Viral Suppression Help Treat Fibromyalgia?

fibromyalgia and viral supression

Fibromyalgia is still seen as less than legitimate in the medical world. Fortunately, some researchers believe otherwise and many are working on various approaches in treating the condition. The recent drug which received a fast track status from the FDA is IMC-1. This drug is a type of viral suppression drug that showed promising results in treating fibromyalgia.

The Theory between IMC-1 for Fibromyalgia

As mentioned, IMC-1 is a type of viral suppression drug invented and studied by Innovative Med Concepts (IMC) for the treatment fibromyalgia. The main purpose of the drug is to suppress viruses in the body. The theory behind IMC-1 is that the chronic pain syndrome may be related to herpes virus, which lies dormant in the body tissues. Researchers observed that fibromyalgia exhibit the same symptoms with other diseases linked to herpes. They believed that the dormant herpes virus may play a part in triggering and maintaining the symptoms of fibromyalgia. One of the most common fibro symptoms is widespread chronic pain. Others are sleep problems, overwhelming fatigue and mood problems. Many of fibro patients may also suffer from frequent headaches, IBS and cognitive impairment, famously known as the fibro fog.

Related Studies of IMC-1 for Fibromyalgia

IMC-1 is a combination of anti-viral famciclovir and anti-inflammatory celecoxib. The basis of using the drug as treatment is its potential effectiveness in suppressing the herpes virus. Currently, the drug has already completed Phase 2 trials, a double-blinded and placebo-controlled study done by some experts in the medical field. In the study, 143 fibromyalgia participants were randomly given either IMC-1 or a placebo over a 16-week treatment period. Researchers observed and evaluated the participants during the 16 weeks. At the end of the study, participants who took IMC-1 showed less fibromyalgia pain and lower pain scores. This group also reported less fatigue. In general, participants tolerated the drug well.

This study showed a potential treatment option for pain and symptoms of fibromyalgia. It also suggests that suppressing dormant herpes virus can improve the chronic pain syndrome. This finding may lead to more clues to the root of fibromyalgia.  IMC is now coordinating with FDA in order to comply with requirements needed for Phase 3 trial which is targeting to commence end 2017.

In Conclusion

Although there are around 5 million fibro patients in America, it was only in the recent decade that the chronic pain syndrome gain awareness. There is no definitive fluid test or scans that can confirm the diagnosis and limited options for treatment. This lack of effective treatment is the reason why FDA has granted the Fast Track designation to IMC-1. This designation further encourages drug development for such disease, which doesn’t have many treatment options.

Treating some of the most common symptoms of fibromyalgia will require the use of certain drugs. Among these are painkillers, antidepressants, Lyrica and many more. Doctors also recommend regular exercise, proper diet and getting enough sleep. However, what most fibro patients need is an even quicker and more effective relief from its debilitating symptoms.


  • Hi, FYI….
    I saw a study a couple of years ago that a Dr. (Pritchen?? Not sure of his correct name) had done with an antiviral and Celebrex on his FM patients.
    SO, I asked my primary doc to put me on them and see what happens. I’ve been diagnosed with FM a few years ago but…I have come to believe that I truly have CFS/ME and not classic FM.
    I am also a chronic spine related pain person (4 spine surgeries) but I also suffer from IBS and have ‘seasonal’ severe fatigue that hits me only during the spring/summer months.
    I have no idea why it’s is only during those months though?? But I become mostly bedridden from the severe fatigue and its is awful. So, I’m studying my stress levels during that time of year now.
    Also, I have had shingles 4x!
    The acyclovir that I take daily (2.5yrs now)has kept the shingles dormant and I can only take the Celebrex prn since it raises my B/P.
    I tend to need it most during those months of severe fatigue when body pain increases due to lack of mobility during those months of fatigue.
    I’m happy this is all in the FDA’s hands now but I wonder how this combo drug would effect my BP?
    Thank you for the info, Rocky

  • Instead of Celebrex ask your doctor to prescribe Clinoril (Sulindac). We used this in our practice before Motrin and most other NSAIDS. It has the least interaction on your BP. My husband was hit by a car last yr. He took Motrin for pain and his BP was up and over 200..I asked to change him to Clinoril. His BP was down after 2 days to normal…Most physicians have fortgotten about this drug. It is an NSAID. We even went to the orthopedic, a young guy and he never heard of it….lol. But its a good one. Try it But do monitor you BP while on it. Unfortunately NSAIDS have a contraindication with blood pressure issues.

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