Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Drugs
In the case of chronic fatigue syndrome, drugs are used to relieve symptoms of the condition; at this point, there are no medications that can cure chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). For people with chronic fatigue syndrome, medicines that may be used for symptom relief include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, tricyclic antidepressants, anxiety medications, and stimulants.
Medications for chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) treatment are used to relieve symptoms of CFS. At this point, there are no chronic fatigue syndrome drugs that can cure chronic fatigue syndrome.
Medications for relief of symptoms of CFS should be used only if a cause for the symptom in question has not been found. Chronic fatigue syndrome drugs can cause side effects, which may lead to new symptoms.
Chronic fatigue syndrome medicines that may be used for symptom relief include:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Tricyclic antidepressants
- Other antidepressants
- Anxiety medications
- Allergy medications
- Antihypotensive/antitachycardia therapy.
NSAIDs can be used to relieve pain in CFS patients. Most NSAIDs are available as over-the-counter medications. NSAIDs include:
- Naproxen (Aleve®, Anaprox®, Naprelan®, Naprosyn®)
- Ibuprofen (Advil®, Bayer Select®, Motrin®, Nuprin®)
- Piroxicam (Feldene®).
Prescription drugs include:
Although these medications are generally safe when used as directed, they can cause a variety of side effects, including:
- Kidney damage
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Abdominal pain
Some patients may also become dependent on these chronic fatigue syndrome drugs.