May 1, 2021 Issue
FM/a Blood Test for Diagnosis of Fibromyalgia [Diagnostic Tests: What Physicians Need to Know]

Limited data suggest that the FM/a test accurately differentiates patients with fibromyalgia from healthy controls and has some ability to differentiate fibromyalgia from other rheumatologic diseases.

Mar 1, 2020 Issue
Tai Chi for Fibromyalgia [FPIN's Clinical Inquiries]

The practice of Yang-style tai chi for one hour twice weekly for 12 to 24 weeks is moderately effective in improving quality of life in patients with fibromyalgia.

May 1, 2018 Issue
Pregabalin (Lyrica) for Acute Fibromyalgia Pain [Medicine by the Numbers]

Pregabalin (Lyrica) provides good pain relief to some patients with acute fibromyalgia pain but does not work for most persons. Learn more.

Sep 1, 2017 Issue
Pregabalin for Fibromyalgia Pain in Adults [Cochrane for Clinicians]

There is high-quality evidence that pregabalin in daily dosages of 300 mg, 450 mg, and 600 mg reduces pain associated with fibromyalgia. The most effective dosage seems to be 450 mg daily; this dosage is more effective than placebo at reducing pain by at least 50% (number needed to treat [NNT] = 9.7).

Aug 1, 2017 Issue
Antipsychotics for Fibromyalgia in Adults [Medicine by the Numbers]

Quetiapine may be considered for a limited period (less than 12 weeks) to improve pain, sleep, and depression in fibromyalgia, while considering the potential for weight gain.

Oct 1, 2016 Issue
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors for Fibromyalgia [Cochrane for Clinicians]

SSRIs may have a small to moderate effect on pain (number needed to treat [NNT] = 10), global improvement (NNT = 7), and depression (NNT = 13) in patients with fibromyalgia, but the quality of evidence is very low because of bias and small studies. SSRIs do not reduce fatigue related to fibromyalgia.

Apr 1, 2015 Issue
Common Questions About the Diagnosis and Management of Fibromyalgia [Article]

Learn about the updated diagnostic criteria from the American College of Rheumatology, and find out which medication classes have the greatest evidence of benefit in the treatment of fibromyalgia.

Mar 1, 2015 Issue
Controlled-Release Oxycodone for Neuropathic Pain and Fibromyalgia in Adults [Cochrane for Clinicians]

Oxycodone CR has limited effectiveness for the treatment of diabetic neuropathy or postherpetic neuralgia. Evidence is lacking regarding treatment benefit for other neuropathic pain syndromes or fibromyalgia. Adverse effects of oxycodone CR therapy are common.

Oct 15, 2010 Issue
Milnacipran (Savella) for Fibromyalgia [STEPS]

Milnacipran can decrease the overall pain scores and improve symptoms of fibromyalgia. Safety in patients with severe comorbid medical and psychiatric conditions is unknown because these groups of patients were excluded from the study.

Jul 15, 2007 Issue
Fibromyalgia [Article]

Fibromyalgia is an idiopathic, chronic, nonarticular pain syndrome with generalized tender points. It is a multisystem disease characterized by sleep disturbance, fatigue, headache, morning stiffness, paresthesias, and anxiety. Nearly 2 percent of the general population in the United States suffers ...

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