Chronic Pain Relief Medications
In general, chronic pain treatment includes medication and self-care. Different options work for different symptoms, with an emphasis on improving general health.
Prescription drugs and over-the-counter pain medicines are common treatments. They help reduce pain and improve sleep quality, but they are not without problems (more on that later). Your doctor may prescribe the following medications to help you deal with fibromyalgia:
Over-the-counter (OTC) analgesics are often the first line of defense for pain relief. Acetaminophen, ibuprofen and naproxen sodium are common OTC choices. Your doctor may even suggest a prescription painkiller, such as tramadol.
Antidepressants, such as duloxetine and milnacipran, are also used to treat pain. And your doctor may prescribe cyclobenzaprine (a muscle relaxant) to help you sleep.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved pregabalin to treat your disorder. Or your doctor may prescribe an epilepsy drug, such as gabapentin, for the pain.