New Drug for Fibromyalgia?

by Cinda Crawford on October 13, 2010

in Announcements,Fibromyalgia,General

A new drug for the treatment of Fibromyalgia by Jazz Pharmaceuticals, JZP-6 (or Sodium Oxybate), has been turned down by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in a 2 to 20 vote against it. In a response letter to the new drug application, the FDA stated that in its present form, they cannot approve the new compound. If it gains approval in the future, the new drug for Fibromyalgia will be named Rekinla.

Currently, we have Lyrica, Cymbalta and Savella.

(Tip: place your mouse over the pictures to the left. Each one tells you which prescription drug is represented.)

It was only a few years ago that we didn’t have any specific drugs for Fibromyalgia and today there are three. As you explore and look for the answers that you need on this website, remember that there is not one single drug that can guarantee you that it will (a) get you well and/or (b) not cause you side effects and even a compounding of side effects. (Meaning: the drug has the potential to interfere with other substances that you take in your body- including food- and cause you more problems, more symptoms and more complications. To get rid of the results of one drug, the drug industry suggests that you may have to take additional drugs to combat the first drug’s side effects. I suggest that you talk this over with your doctor. You may not be able to take the drugs at all!)

We’re talking about really important elements of your health here. If you take a drug for one problem and it gives you two or three other unpleasant to intolerable symptoms that are equally as bad, you’re no better off. Take note below of the “combined” list of possible side effects that Lyrica, Cymbalta and Savella could cause you, thus greatly impacting your health and future well being. Beware, be forewarned, be vigilent and be careful, if you take these Fibromyalgia drugs:

1.) Worsening depression/other psychiatric conditions,
2.) Unusual behavior changes (including possible suicidal thoughts/attempts), i.e. suicide,
3.) Mental/mood changes, including (a) new or worsening anxiety, (b) panic attacks, (c) trouble sleeping, (d) irritability, (e) hostile/angry feelings, (f) impulsive actions, (g) severe restlessness, (h) very rapid speech.
4.) Itching
5.) Right upper belly pain
6.) Dark urine
7.) Yellow skin and eyes
8.) Unexplained flu-like symptoms which may be signs of liver problems
9.) High fever
10.) Confusion
11.) Stiff muscles
12.) Dizziness or fainting upon standing
13.) High blood pressure
14.) Headache
15.) Muscles problems, soresness, weakness
16.) Confusion; problems concentrating
17.) Memory problems
18.) Feeling unsteady which could be due to low sodium levels
19.) Problems with urine flow
20.) Problems with eyesight and blurry vision
21.) Dry mouth
22.) Weight gain; swelling of hands and feet

It’s a real shame when the very drugs that you depend on to help you actually cause many of the symptoms that you’re trying to get away from!

None of these three drugs claim to cure Fibromyalgia, as a health problem. They only work to cover up the symptoms and, hopefully, some of your misery. When and if a truly sensational new drug for Fibromyalgia comes along that actually has the capability of getting you well, that will be the time to cheer or sneer, depending on whether we’re talking about whether it’s approved or denied. That day has not come.

Thanks so much for visiting this Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome blog. To explore alternative methods to healing chronic illness problems like Fibromyalgia, check out Get Well Health, Sacred Cellular Healing and/or the Learn How to Heal Membership course.

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Robin Thomas 10.14.10 at 2:32 pm

You are right, Cinda- Too often patients get caught up in the need for one prescription chasing the side-effects of the other. It becomes a toxic cascade at times.. It is best for people to carefully research and consider the pros and cons for themselves before starting any drug. There are many other ways to help our bodies heal, and I personally would try them first.


Cinda Crawford 10.14.10 at 2:35 pm

True words, Robin. I’ve known people who were taking so many drugs that cross-reacted with one another that their very life was in jeopardy! It can be a dangerous situation and certainly the Fibromyalgia prescription drugs cause a lot of side effects. For me… I prefer not to take drugs if I don’t have to. Natural just works best :-)

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