How do drugs reduce pain in fibromyalgia?

Updated: Nov 14, 2018
  • Author: Chad S Boomershine, MD, PhD, CPI, CPT; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Pharmacologic agents that reduce pain in fibromyalgia function in this regard by either increasing levels of inhibitory neurotransmitters (eg, duloxetine) or decreasing levels of excitatory neurotransmitters (eg, pregabalin). [27, 34] Because fibromyalgia is a polygenic syndrome with multiple different underlying genetic polymorphisms, genetic testing to tailor therapy and to predict response to therapy will soon become available.


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