Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Medication

You've been diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Now what? What chronic fatigue syndrome medication will your doctor prescribe? How will he begin to treat you? Since the cause of CFS remains a mystery, most treatment is aimed at relieving symptoms. Types of medications your doctor may prescribe for you include:

Sleep initiators and sustainers

Antidepressants (SSRI, SNRI or tricyclic) – for depression, sleep and pain

Analgesics (NSAID, Cox II inhibitor, opioid, topical) – for pain

Stimulants – for energy improvement and mental acuity

Muscle relaxants – for pain and sleep

Anticonvulsants – for pain, sleep and mood stabilization

Vasopressors (blood vessel constrictors/blood pressure raisers) – for orthostatic intolerance

Beta Blockers – for orthostatic intolerance

If your doctor suspects chronic infection is a problem, he may also prescribe an antiviral or antibacterial medication.

Your doctor should be aware that people with CFS tend to be highly sensitive to medications. You should start at very low dosages and gradually adjust to the level that is most therapeutic for you.

Remember, every patient is different! What works for one may not work for you. You and your doctor need to work together to discover which drug, or combination of drugs, works best for you.

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