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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Drugs: Anxiety Medications

Anxiety medications may be used to treat symptoms of anxiety in chronic fatigue syndrome patients. Examples of anxiety medications include alprazolam (Xanax®) and lorazepam (Ativan®).
 
Clonazepam (Klonopin®) is another anxiety medication that is used to control exaggerated nervous systems problems such as:
 
  • Vertigo
  • Burning
  • Exaggerated tenderness in the skin, and "nervous" limb movements.
     
However, clonazepam should not be used in the general treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome.
 
Common side effects of anxiety medications include sedation, amnesia, and symptoms accompanying acute withdrawal (insomnia, abdominal and muscle cramps, vomiting, sweating, tremors, and convulsions).
 

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Drugs: Stimulants

Stimulants are recommended for patients who experience lethargy or daytime sleepiness. Stimulants are not recommended for patients who only have fatigue.
 

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Drugs: Antimicrobials

Antibiotics, antivirals, and antifungal agents should not be prescribed to patients with CFS unless the patient has been diagnosed with an infection.
 

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Drugs: Allergy Medications

Non-sedating antihistamines may be helpful for patients with chronic fatigue syndrome who have allergies. Examples of allergy medications include:
 
Allergy medications have no effect in the treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome. Some of the more common adverse reactions associated with allergy medications include drowsiness, fatigue, and headache. Sedating antihistamines such as Benadryl® can also be of benefit to CFS patients at bedtime. And tricyclic antidepressants may also have potent antihistamine effects.
 
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