Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Competition Expands Along With My Thoughts

Cymbalta and Lyrica, FDA approved drugs for Fibromyalgia patients, now have some more competition. A new drug was just approved this month for the treatment of Fibromyalgia. Savella (milnacipran), is another antidepressant drug that is officially out on the market for Fibro sufferers in the US. This drug is a bit different than other antidepressant drugs because it boosts levels of norepinephrine more so than levels of serotonin. This drug has been used in over 50 countries for the past 10 years for the treatment of depression and the outcome of the drug's side effects are favorable because they are mild.

The drug is only approved for adults at this point and not for children since it is an antidepressant. But the FDA wants some post-marketing studies done on women who are pregnant and breast feeding while taking Savella.

This is wonderful news because these FDA approved drugs are helping patients with Fibromyalgia get the help they need since it's allowing research to be done into this so often misunderstood syndrome.

There are other drugs that are still being tested for treatment of Fibromyalgia and it is unclear as to when they will be approved. One drug will be applying for a New Drug Application later on this year. This drug is called JZP-6 (sodium oxybate) and is being used by some patients now. The FDA may make a decision on this drug by 2010 or 2011.

One can only hope that this may mean research into other treatments, including alternative treatments for this debilitating syndrome. Research was done in 2006 on an Eastern form of treatment called acupuncture and this research found that acupuncture did help patients who suffered from Fibro.

This form of treatment that inserts needles in certain areas of the body using heat or electrical stimulation, is used as a way of allowing the body to naturally heal from disease, disorders, or injuries. It's been used to relieve things like PMS, migraines, and even Fibromyalgia.

The Today Show did an alternative health segment on acupuncture this morning, and that may spark popularity in this treatment again. Even some insurance companies have warmed up to acupuncture and are allowing patients to get this treatment through their health care plan.

The possibilities of treatment for a once named controversial syndrome are expanding and this news makes me feel fabulous! Hope you are fabulous too!

Love and friendship,

Kimberley

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