Abstract: Pharmacological therapies in fibromyalgia

Best Pract Res Clin Rheumatol. 2003 Aug;17(4):611-27.  Rao SG, Bennett RM.  Cypress Bioscience, 4350 Executive Drive, Suite 325, 92121, San Diego, CA, USA

The fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a common, chronic, widespread pain disorder that mainly affects middle-aged women. In addition to pain complaints, fatigue and disturbed sleep are symptoms frequently reported by these patients. Many FMS patients also meet diagnostic criteria for mood disorders (e.g. depression) as well as other so-called 'functional somatic syndromes', including irritable bowel syndrome, temporomandibular joint disorder, and subsets of chronic low-back pain. A wide variety of medications are used to manage the eclectic symptomatology of FMS patients, although relatively few have been rigorously tested. This chapter provides a contemporary update of the state of FMS pharmacotherapy, with an emphasis on compounds that have been tested in double-blind, randomized, controlled trials. Particular attention is paid to the efficacy of these therapies on the associated symptoms and co-morbid syndromes commonly seen in FMS patients.

PMID: 12849715 [PubMed – in process]

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