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Neurontin: A new treatment for fibromyalgia?
Gabapentin (Neurontin), an anti-seizure medication, may be an effective
In a 12-week study, published in April 2007, researchers looked at the
potential treatment benefits of gabapentin in a group of 150 people
with fibromyalgia. Participants who were treated with gabapentin
reported less pain and fatigue and improved sleep compared with
participants who received a placebo. The most common side effects of
the medication are dizziness and drowsiness.
It is important to note that gabapentin has not been approved by the
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of fibromyalgia.
However, some doctors may prescribe it off-label for such use.
In June 2007, the FDA did approve pregabalin (Lyrica) — an anti-seizure
medication that is structurally related to gabapentin — for
fibromyalgia treatment. A study published in April 2005 suggested that
pregabalin is more effective than is a placebo in reducing pain and
fatigue and improving sleep in people with fibromyalgia. The most
common side effects of pregabalin are dizziness and drowsiness.
If you have fibromyalgia and have questions about
whether gabapentin or pregabalin may be an appropriate treatment for
you, consult your doctor.
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