Fibromyalgia Drug Side Effects
Drugs and side effects ... what else is new?
Since 2007, the FDA has approved three drugs to help fibromyalgia patients ease their physical pain: Cymbalta, Lyrica, and Savella. But just because they have been approved doesn't necessarily mean they're risk-free. They all come with potential side effects of varying severity.
Health.com recently examined ten potential side effects of fibromyalgia drugs. Here's what they came up with:
According to doctors and patients alike, dizziness is one of the most common side effects of fibromyalgia drugs. A clinical study for Lyrica revealed that approximately 31% of users experienced dizziness.
If you're taking Lyrica, it's imperative that you are cautious when performing activities that require a good balance. The point in taking these medications is to feel better, not hurt yourself even more.
It seems like nausea is a default side effect for all drugs, and that doesn't exclude fibro drugs. Although it's a less common side effect for those taking Lyrica, a good number of Cymbalta and Savella users are affected to the point where they stop taking the drug: at 20% and 25%, respectively.
One of the symptoms of fibromyalgia is fatigue, so it seems ironic that a drug developed to help fibromyalgia could cause ... more fatigue. But that's how the story goes, with roughly 22% of Lyrica users in a clinical test claiming to have experienced sleepiness and fatigue.