What are considerations regarding pharmacologic therapy for fibromyalgia?

Updated: Apr 23, 2020
  • Author: Chad S Boomershine, MD, PhD, CPI, CPT; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Patients with fibromyalgia have difficulty tolerating regular doses of most medications and supplements. They are sensitive to medications, and often experience adverse effects. To avoid those problems, use the lowest dose available or perhaps one half to one quarter of the lowest recommended dose.

Many fibromyalgia patients have cognitive dysfunction that limits their ability to understand and process verbal information. Avoid complications and confusion by providing easily understandable written instructions on medication use. Patients should be instructed to consult their physician before starting any over-the-counter (OTC) medications or supplements to avoid potentially harmful drug interactions.

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