Friday, April 14, 2006

Researchers Bring Hope to Fibromyalgia Syndrome

I am still very very pleased with result I have from Allegron ( Nortriptyline) - finally I sleep without waking 3,4,5 or more times every hour, my pain and aches are much diminished and so are all other symptoms like brain fog, vision problems, migraines etc but I still feel soo tired most of the time...suppose 6 months of feeling a bit better is still maybe too short to hope for a complete recovery...anyway it sounds likee this drug has similar effects for som fibro patients...

Dream Catchers: Researchers Bring Hope to Fibromyalgia Syndrome: "For 12 years Bebette Rubio considered herself lucky if she got two full hours of sleep a night. The 40-year-old mother of three suffers from fibromyalgia syndrome, a common clinical condition marked by widespread body pain, a form of body tenderness, fatigue, morning stiffness and disrupted sleep. Fibromyalgia affects 1 in 50 Americans, mostly women...

Jon Russell, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of medicine at the Health Science Center, who had just completed a clinical study of a drug called sodium oxybate.

"No medication is currently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of fibromyalgia syndrome; physicians treat the disorder with medications officially approved for other purposes," said Dr. Russell, who is the study’s lead researcher. "This study clearly demonstrated that sodium oxybate is a novel option of therapy for patients coping with fibromyalgia syndrome...Sodium oxybate is marketed as Xyrem® in the United States by Orphan Medical...

sodium oxybate, currently approved for the treatment of cataplexy in patients with narcolepsy, significantly improved patients’ self-reported perceptions of their own pain and enhanced the quality of their sleep. At the higher of two dosages studied, the drug also reduced tenderness.... Experts suspect that fibromyalgia syndrome dates back to the 1400s, yet it is a condition that is often misunderstood and misdiagnosed. It need not be so," Dr. Russell said



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