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Fibromyalgia Medication

Fibromyalgia
Medication

Prescription medication

Prescription medication is prescribed solely by your doctor, if your doctor deems you to have a medical condition or a disease then they will prescribe a medication to treat the condition or the disease, but what you need to ask yourself is, are people who take prescription medications really cured? The answer is no because if medication cured it you would take the medication for the prescribed course and no longer have the condition at the end. Medication only treats the symptoms of the condition or disease rather than curing it.

How many of us have been prescribed a medication and never even opened the leaflet inside the box to read it? (I know I have) and why would we, we trust our doctors to give us something that will make us well, but is the medication they are prescribing just making us well or is it keeping us sick?

Nutrition

How many doctors have you seen over the years that are overweight or obese? Doctors are the knowledge center right? they know everything there is to know about health right? Wrong, they know absolutely nothing about nutrition or about feeding the body what it needs to be healthy. Being overweight or obese is the body’s way of saying you’re not feeding me the right kind of food and nutrients at the right time to fuel and energize the body, the problem is how do we feed it the right food when our doctors don’t even know what the wrong food is?

We go to our doctors because we believe that they have all the knowledge necessary to make us well again, but how is a doctor who is never trained in nutrition going to treat or cure a diet-related disease if they do not know anything about nutrition? or what eating the wrong foods can do to your body?

Treating diet-related diseases with a chemical medication will never result in a cure, why? Because we are still consuming the food that is making us sick. Ok so why do doctors prescribe medication if it only treats the symptom and not the root cause of the condition or disease? The answer to that is simple it all comes down to money, medication = big money.

There is no money to be made from healthy people, there is no money to be made from dead people, there is only money to be made from sick people. So how do you keep a person sick? That’s easy, hush up the science-backed nutrition that promotes good health, shout about a diet that promotes ill health, and give them medications to treat the symptom of their condition or disease.

Eating the wrong food

Modern medicine can never treat the root cause of a condition or disease because doctors don’t know what the cause is, the majority of medical conditions and diseases of today are caused solely by what we EAT! our bodies were not designed to eat things like wheat and gluten and huge amounts of sugar and toxic processed food.

Did you know we are the only mammal that drinks milk into adulthood? Milk from cows is not only full of hormones and antibiotics which is no good for us but it’s full of things that make a baby cow into a huge adult cow, yet we drink it every day.

You have a choice

You have a choice in life, it is your body and your mind, no one can force you to do anything you don’t want to do. You can carry on eating a crappy diet and choose to suffer the consequences (for the rest of your life) as your health deteriorates or you can choose to heal your body and mind by eating real, healthy nutritious food.

Ask yourself:

  • Why is it being prescribed?
  • What are the side effects?
  • Will it make my symptoms worse?
  • Can I change my diet so I don’t have to take these medications?

Medications prescribed for fibromyalgia.

Pregabalin

Generic Name: pregabalin (pre GAB a lin)

Brand Name: Lyrica, Lyrica CR

What is pregabalin?

Pregabalin like gabapentin is an anticonvulsant, anti-epileptic medication. It used to prevent seizures in people with epilepsy and help ease pain and also it is often prescribed for fibromyalgia. It is also used to treat nerve pain in people with diabetes.

Contra-indications

You should tell your doctor if you have :

  • Mood disorders
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Drug or alcohol addiction
  • Low levels of platelets in your blood
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Heart problems
  • Kidney disease
  • Diabetes but does say you can if using it for diabetic neuropathy
  • Severe allergic reactions

Side effects of taking pregabalin

Like gabapentin it also comes with a huge list of side effects:

  • Suicidal
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Increased seizures
  • Stomach pain
  • Problems with balance or muscle movement
  • Severe weakness or tiredness
  • Headache
  • Changes in behaviour
  • Restlessness
  • Aggravated
  • Chest pain
  • Problems with your eyes
  • Cough with fever
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Coordination problems
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble breathing
  • Rapid eye movement
  • Drowsiness
  • Memory problems
  • Severe tingling or numbness
  • Trouble peeing
  • Fever, nausea, vomiting
  • Swelling in your feet, ankles, hands or feet
  • Dizziness

Also like gabapentin another one of the unwanted side effects of pregabalin is weight gain, people taking pregabalin are seeing huge increases of weight in short amount of time, like gabapentin its said it is due to the medication making you more hungry, but people are reporting weight gain even when nothing has changed in their diet.

For a full list of side effects associated with pregabalin see here

Gabapentin

Generic Name: gabapentin (GA ba PEN tin)

Brand Names: Gralise, Horizant, Neurontin, Gabarone

What is gabapentin?

Gabapentin is an anticonvulsant anti-epileptic medication used to prevent seizures in people with epilepsy and help ease pain and also to treat restless legs syndrome (RLS) it is often prescribed for fibromyalgia.

The issue I have with it is the huge amount of side effects that are listed for this medication, how many of us actually read the leaflet that comes in the packet your doctor has prescribed? I know I never do, I just follow the instructions written on the sticky label on the front of the pack. Would you be shocked to see that the list of side effects associated with taking this medication are a lot worse than the disease you are trying to treat?

Contra-indications

You should tell your doctor if you have:

  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Seizures, unless you are taking gabapentin to treat seizures
  • Mood disorders
  • Suicidal thoughts or actions
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease or if you are on dialysis
  • Liver disease
  • Restless leg syndrome or if you are a day sleeper or work a night shift.

Do not take

You should not take Gabapentin if you are allergic to it.

Things to avoid

Alcohol

Taking antacid within two hours before and two hours after taking gabapentin as they can stop it from having an effect.

Take care

You should be careful when:

Driving as gabapentin can affect your ability to drive, gabapentin can impair your reactions and thinking while driving.

Side effects of taking gabapentin

You should call your doctor immediately if you start to experience any of these symptoms while taking gabapentin

  • Suicidal
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Increased seizures
  • Problems with balance or muscle movement
  • Severe weakness or tiredness
  • Changes in behaviour
  • Restlessness
  • Stomach pain
  • Aggravated
  • Chest pain
  • Cough with fever
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Trouble breathing
  • Severe tingling or numbness
  • Rapid eye movement
  • Trouble peeing
  • Drowsiness
  • Memory problems
  • Headache
  • Coordination problems
  • Fever, nausea, vomiting
  • Swelling in your feet, ankles, hands or feet
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Problems with your eyes

One of the other unwanted side effects of gabapentin is weight gain, people taking gabapentin are seeing huge increases of weight in a matter of weeks, supposedly it is because it makes you more hungry but most people are saying they are gaining weight without any changes to their eating habits.

See here for a full list of side effects of Gabapentin

Duloxetine

Generic Name: duloxetine (du LOX e teen)

Brand Names: Cymbalta, Irenka

What is Duloxetine?

Duloxetine is an SSNRI which means selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor. It is an anti-depressant used to treat depression. SSNRI’s work by recycling serotonin and norepinephrine and by blocking it re-entering the cell it came from, the problem with this is if you have little to no serotonin they won’t work like they should.

Duloxetine is used to treat major depressive disorders in adults, but can be used to treat anxiety in children over the age of 7 and adults too, is also used to treat pain conditions like fibromyalgia and diabetic neuropathy.

Contra-indications

You should tell your doctor if you have:

  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disease;
  • Seizures
  • Epilepsy
  • Bleeding disorder
  • Blood clotting disorder
  • High blood pressure
  • Narrow-angle glaucoma
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Manic depression
  • Drug addiction
  • Suicidal thoughts

Do not take

You should not take this medication if you have used an MAO inhibitor within the last 5-14 days.

It could be very dangerous as certain medications can interact with each other

MAO inhibitors include:

  • Isocarboxazid
  • Linezolid
  • Methylene
  • Blue injection
  • Phenelzine
  • Rasagiline
  • Selegiline
  • Tranylcypromine

Side effects of taking duloxetine

  • Suicidal
  • Light-headed
  • Eye problems
  • Bruising
  • Unusual bleeding
  • Painful or difficult urination
  • Headache
  • Seizures
  • Stomach pain
  • Skin pain, blistering and peeling
  • Swelling in your face or tongue
  • Itching
  • Dark urine 
  • Jaundice
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of coordination
  • Manic behaviour
  • Confusion
  • Burning in your eyes
  • Liver problems
  • Slurred speech
  • Severe weakness
  • Vomiting
  • Feeling unsteady
  • Fever

See here for a full list of side effects of Duloxetine

Amitriptyline

Generic Name: amitriptyline (a mee TRIP ti leen)

Brand Names: Vanatrip, Elavil, Endep

What is amitriptyline?

Amitriptyline is a tricyclic antidepressant. Tricyclic antidepressants increase the levels of two neurotransmitters called serotonin and norepinephrine, they also block acetylcholine which is a neurotransmitter that stimulates muscles, memory and sleep it is used to treat symptoms of depression and also in low level doses can be used to treat pain

Contra-indications

You should tell your doctor if you have:

  • Bipolar disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Manic-depression
  • Problems with urination
  • Glaucoma
  • Liver disease
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes – amitriptyline can raise or lower blood sugars

Do not take

You should not take amitriptyline if you:

  • Have recently had a heart attack
  • If you have used an MAO inhibitor within the last 14 days.

It could be very dangerous as certain medications can interact with each other

MAO inhibitors include:

  • Isocarboxazid
  • Linezolid
  • Methylene
  • Blue injection 
  • Phenelzine 
  • Rasagiline 
  • Selegiline
  • Tranylcypromine

Side effects of taking amitriptyline

  • Suicidal
  • Shakiness and unsteady walk
  • Severe muscle stiffness
  • Restlessness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Hallucinations
  • Seizures
  • Shivering
  • SleeplessnessSlow or slurred speech
  • Dry mouth

See here for a full list of side effects of Amitriptyline

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