initially for CMP and continued with it when FM was diagnosed. My Dr stopped it recently he could not justify why. Now the only muscle relaxant I am on is Amitriptyline 25mg at night and this does nothing to ease the muscles at all. I intend to see my specialist to get my Valium reinstated. I was just wondering how many other people on this forum take Valium for FM & CMP? (comments from Kaismama, Penelope N, Mac12 and bruthd to a previous question duly noted)Thank you Possibly a longer acting benzo such as Klonopin? Or a muscle relaxer like Flexeril, skelaxin - there are others I just can't think of them right now. You may even feel ropy bands with firm knots in the mid-section of the muscle. These are myofascial trigger points, and their location often overlaps with the 18 tender points used for diagnosing fibromyalgia. Just pressing on them can send your pain through the roof. But can muscle relaxants ease the tension in your muscles and help untie (or at least loosen) your painful knots? The question of whether muscle relaxants can relieve your pain is complicated by the fact that this class of medications is very diverse, meaning that many drugs in this class vary substantially from the others. So, some muscle relaxants might do the job better than others. Two fibromyalgia specialists offer advice on this topic based on their clinical experience, including which medications in this class they prefer and the doses they prescribe. “Muscle relaxants do help reduce tenderness and may relax patients or ease their anxiety.
Here's an article about the most Rx'd meds for Fibro, and their information... Long but, print it out and save for future reference... --Jan Medications Prescribed for Fibromyalgia Prescribed medications are a key component of most fi FDA approved medications for fibromyalgia, many medications are prescribed off-label. That means the drug is prescribed for a use other than that for which it is approved. Since numerous studies have been published showing that various medications can be beneficial for people with fibromyalgia, physicians are able to prescribe those medications off-label. Keep in mind that no single medication works for every fibromyalgia patient. Also, FM patients are often more sensitive to medications than the average person, so great care and consideration should be taken when prescribing drugs for fibromyalgia. Among fibromyalgia patients taking either of two commonly prescribed drugs to reduce pain, 22 percent report substantial improvement while 21 percent had to quit the regimen due to unpleasant side effects, according to a new review in The Cochrane Library. People with fibromyalgia suffer from chronic widespread pain, sleep problems and fatigue. The illness affects more than 5 million Americans, 80 percent of whom are women. The cause of fibromyalgia is unknown and currently there is no cure. Using a Quality of Life (QOL) scale for fibromyalgia, the studies reviewed reported QOL ratings lower than 15 on a scale of 0 to 100 even among patients on medications. The two medications often prescribed to treat fibromalgia are duloxetine, known by the brand name Cymbalta or milnacipran, commonly known as Savella. The authors reviewed 10 high-quality studies comprising more than 6,000 adults who received either duloxetine, milnacipran, or a placebo for up to six months. “A frank discussion between the physician and patient about the potential benefits and harms of both drugs should occur,” noted the reviewers, led by Winfried Häuser, M. A substantial majority of study participants were middle-aged, white women. “There’s an enormous amount of advertising suggesting that these drugs really help, whereas the research data show that the improvement is really minimal.” Treatment with drugs alone “should be discouraged,” the reviewers added.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic, musculoskeletal pain condition that predominately affects women. Although fibromyalgia is common and associated with substantial morbidity and disability, there are no US Food and Drug Administration-approved treatments. However, progress has been made in identifying pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments for fibromyalgia. Recent pharmacological treatment studies have focused on selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, which enhance serotonin and norepinephrine neurotransmission in the descending pain pathways and lack many of the adverse side effects associated with tricyclic medications. Promising results have also been reported for medications that bind to the αδ subunit of voltage-gated calcium channels, resulting in decreased calcium influx at nerve terminals and subsequent reduction in the release of several neurotransmitters thought to play a role in pain processing. There is also evidence to support exercise, cognitive behavioral therapy, education, and social support in the management of fibromyalgia. It is likely that many patients would benefit from combinations of pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments, but more study is needed. A variety of medications may treat your fibromyalgia symptoms, but understand that fibromyalgia has no known cure. Most medications help treat a portion of the disorder's symptoms. For instance, your doctor may recommend sleeping pills to relieve your insomnia or antidepressants to improve your mood. Based on your specific symptoms, your doctor will develop the right medication regimen for you. Medications may make up only a part of your fibromyalgia treatment plan. To learn about other ways to reduce your chronic fibromyalgia pain, read our article about all fibromyalgia treatments. The FDA has approved three drugs to treat fibromyalgia—pregabalin (marketed as Lyrica), duloxetine (Cymbalta), and milnacipran (Savella).
ProHealth Fibromyalgia, ME/CFS and Lyme Disease Forums. XANAX and muscle pain question. I've been on Xanax to help relax my muscles for 9 years. I've taken xanax for several years for anxiety disorder. It's quick acting, and will help you calm down. However, it's levels have to stay up in your system or you will feel bad. I find it very helpful in treating my anxiety, moreso than any anti-depressant. Now the cons. Your body will become dependant on it.