Fibromyalgia Drug Side Effects
4. Dry mouth
Don't be alarmed if you find that you're unable to produce saliva. If this is the case, eat sugar-free candy or chew sugar-free gum to help with saliva production to prevent cavities, suggests the medical director of the Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers, Jacob Teitelbaum, MD.
5. Interactions with other drugs
Mixing drugs can increase the level of serotonin in your brain, causing you to be anxious. If this is occurs, a lower dosage may be needed.
Cymbalta and Savella, but not Lyrica, can raise your blood pressure and increase your heart rate.
7. Suicidal thoughts
Lyrica is an antiseizer, and Cymbalta and Savella are antidepressants. This means you may experience suicidal thoughts every now and then when on the medication. Make sure your behavior is monitored by a close family member.
8. Difficulty concentrating
There's a symptom called "fibro fog," that those with fibromyalgia may experience even if they aren't taking medication.
Although it's a less common side effect, it's still a side effect nonetheless. Swelling has been seen in the legs, hands, and feet of patients.
10. Weight gain
Dr. Teitelbaum explains that "the average weight gain in fibromyalgia is 32.5 pounds," but only doses of Lyrica higher than 300 mg/day will increase a person's weight.
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