What are the Most Common Side Effects of Fibromyalgia Drugs? (video)

The FDA has approved three medications to treat and manage fibromyalgia.  Those medications are Lyrica, Cymbalta and Savella.  Each of these medications work for some people and can cause side effects.

Common side effects of each medication are:

Lyrica

  • Mild to moderate dizziness;
  • Sleepiness;
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry mouth; and
  • Swelling of the hands and feet

In rare cases, a severe allergic reaction can cause hives, swelling of the face and trouble breathing.  Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Lyrica.

Cymbalta

  • Constipation;
  • Dry mouth;
  • Nausea;
  • Dizziness upon standing may occur when first starting Cymbalta due to a drop in blood pressure.  Have your doctor check your blood pressure from time to time while using Cymblata;
  • Decreased appetite;
  • Decreased sex drive;
  • Drowsiness; and
  • Increased sweating.

Savella

  • Nausea;
  • Constipation;
  • Dizziness;
  • Sweating;
  • Insomnia;
  • High blood pressure;
  • Increased heart rate; and
  • Excessive sweating.

Before taking any medication for fibromyalgia, discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.  In rare cases in teens and young adults, a fibromyalgia medication may cause suicidal thoughts and actions.  Be particularly alert to any behavior indicating this kind of mood change.

Always check with your doctor before taking this or any medication.

 

This video was created by Healthguru.com and Dr. Betty Keller; Dr. Keller practices at the Optimal Wellness Center in Franklin Lakes, NJ.