Is gabapentin (Neurontin) an effective fibromyalgia treatment?

From the FMS News Desk of Jeanne Hambleton

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Gabapentin (Neurontin), an anti-seizure medication, may be an effective fibromyalgia treatment.

In a 12-week study, published in April 2007, researchers looked at the potential treatment benefits of gabapentin in a group of 150 people with fibromyalgia. Participants who were treated with gabapentin reported less pain and fatigue and improved sleep compared with participants who received a placebo. The most common side effects of the medication are dizziness and drowsiness.

It is important to note that gabapentin has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of fibromyalgia. However, some doctors may prescribe it off-label for such use.

In June 2007, the FDA did approve pregabalin (Lyrica) — an anti-seizure medication that is structurally related to gabapentin — for fibromyalgia treatment. A study published in April 2005 suggested that pregabalin is more effective than is a placebo in reducing pain and fatigue and improving sleep in people with fibromyalgia. The most common side effects of pregabalin are dizziness and drowsiness.

If you have fibromyalgia and have questions about whether gabapentin or pregabalin may be an appropriate treatment for you, consult your doctor.


About jeanne hambleton

Journalist-wordsmith, former reporter, columnist, film critic, editor, Town Clerk and then fibromite and eventer with 5 conferences done and dusted. Interested in all health and well being issues, passionate about research to find a cure and cause for fibromyalgia. Member LinkedIn. Worked for 4 years with FMA UK as Regional Coordinator for SW and SE,and Chair for FMS SAS the Sussex and Surrey FM umbrella charity and Chair Folly Pogs Fibromyalgia Research UK - finding funding for our "cause for a cure" and President and co ordinator of National FM Conferences. Just finished last national annual Fibromyalgia Conference Weekend. This was another success with speakers from the States . Next year's conference in Chichester Park Hotel, West Sussex, will be April 24/27 2015 and bookings are coming in from those who raved about the event every year. I am very busy but happy to produce articles for publication. News Editor of FMS Global News on line but a bit behind due to conference. A workaholic beyond redemption! The future - who knows? Open to offers with payment. Versatile and looking for a regular paid column - you call the tune and I will play the pipes.
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