Pregabalin Appears to Lower Fibromyalgia Pain, Increase Quality Sleep

Pregabalin Appears to Lower Fibromyalgia Pain, Increase Quality Sleep
Recent findings suggest that pregabalin may help reduce pain and improve the quality of sleep in fibromyalgia patients. The study, "The safety and efficacy of pregabalin for treating subjects with fibromyalgia and moderate or severe baseline widespread pain," was published in the Current Medical Research and Opinion journal. Fibromyalgia affects 2 to 8 percent of the world’s population. The syndrome is identified by widespread muscle pain that intensifies upon pressure and is often accompanied by a number of symptoms, including sleep disturbances. Like a number of other medically unexplained syndromes, fibromyalgia has no cure, but can be managed in various ways, including medications. Among them, pregabalin is a drug approved for the treatment of fibromyalgia in Canada and the United States. “Pregabalin is a therapy approved for the treatment of fibromyalgia pain in multiple countries worldwide, and its efficacy for the treatment of fibromyalgia-related pain has been demonstrated in several double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials,” Andrew Clair, Ph.D., and Birol Emir, Ph.D., both with Pfizer in New York, wrote in a press release. Researchers evaluated the efficacy of pregabalin in terms of pain and sleep changes through 12 weeks of treatment.  They co
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