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New Drugs for Fibromyalgia

Currently, three medications are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating fibromyalgia:
 
Technically, Lyrica and Cymbalta are not "new" fibromyalgia drugs -- they were previously available for treating other conditions, such as depression and seizures.
 
In June 2007, Lyrica was approved for treating fibromyalgia in adults. In clinical studies, it was shown to reduce pain and improve daily function in some people with this condition.
 
Cymbalta is a selective serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) antidepressant that is also approved to treat depression, generalized anxiety, and diabetic nerve pain. Studies indicate that it can help reduce fibromyalgia pain. This drug was more effective than a placebo (a "sugar pill") for relieving pain, even in people who did not have depression along with fibromyalgia, although it was most effective in people who had depression.
 
Savella is also an SNRI. It has been shown to reduce pain significantly and improve physical functioning in people with fibromyalgia, compared to a placebo.
 
(To learn more about the indications for these "new" fibromyalgia drugs, click Fibromyalgia Medications. This article also describes the other drug classes that are used to treat the condition.)
 
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