Lyrica May Ease Pain for Depressed Fibromyalgia Patients

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Fibromyalgia and abasement generally go duke in hand, and a new abstraction finds that the biologic Lyrica helps affluence affliction in patients actuality advised for both conditions.Lyrica (pregabalin) is accustomed in the United States to amusement fibromyalgia and assumption affliction from diabetes and herpes, but little was accepted about its assurance and capability back additionally taken with antidepressants, the advisers explained.“For those bodies with fibromyalgia who additionally accept depression, which is actual common, and who booty an antidepressant but still accept pain, demography [Lyrica] can abate the severity of the affliction while they abide on their antidepressant,” said abstraction columnist Dr. Lesley Arnold, assistant of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.“And it appears to be safe and tolerable for best people,” Arnold added.Arnold is appointed to present the allegation this anniversary at the American College of Rheumatology anniversary affair in San Diego. She is a adviser for Pfizer, the maker of Lyrica, and added biologic companies, including Takeda, Eli Lilly, AstraZeneca and others.Fibromyalgia is a abiding affection that involves affliction at altered credibility throughout the anatomy and amore in the joints, muscles, tendons and added bendable tissues. The affection has been affiliated to fatigue, beddy-bye problems, all-overs and depression, but its account is unknown. Women age-old 20 to 50 are best generally affected.The new abstraction was done because the aboriginal analysis on Lyrica for fibromyalgia breach afar bodies demography antidepressants, Arnold said. About 50 percent to 70 percent of those with fibromyalgia address a lifetime history of depression, and about one in four has taken antidepressants, Arnold said said.For the new study, Arnold’s aggregation evaluated 197 patients, mostly women, with diagnosed fibromyalgia. Their boilerplate affliction akin was at atomic four on a calibration of aught to 10, with 10 actuality the worst. All additionally had analytic abasement and were demography antidepressants. Their boilerplate age was 50.The advisers about assigned the patients to two six-week treatments, with a two-week breach in between. Patients either got Lyrica or placebo the aboriginal six weeks, again accustomed the added analysis for the abutting six-week period. They didn’t apperceive which analysis they were getting.