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Pain Management

Medications for Muscle Pain

12/31/2008

Question:

What medications are recommended for muscle pain? I have tried Vicodin, Norco and Oxy with no relief. The muscle pain involves my whole body. Also, is there anything OTC that could work just as well as a prescription medication?

Answer:

You may be suffering from fibromyalgia, a benign diffuse muscle ache condition, but you should always confirm a diagnosis by an examination with a physician. There are two medications currently FDA approved for the treatment of Fibromyalgia: Lyrica and Cymbalta. Tramadol, a pain medicine, can be substituted for Cymbalta. Nonetheless, the cornerstone of treatment for fibromyalgia is low impact exercise (such as swimming) at least 5 times a week.

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Response by:

Salim M Hayek, MD, PhD Salim M Hayek, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University