Monday, June 04, 2007

Lyrica may help ease fibromyalgia symptoms

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By WebMD Medical News

May 23, 2007 – The nerve-pain drug Lyrica reduces the pain, insomnia, and general dysfunction suffered by fibromyalgia patients, new studies show.
The studies included large numbers of patients with carefully diagnosed fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain disorder associated with fatigue, insomnia, depression, anxiety, exercise intolerance, and other complex symptoms.
Lyrica is approved by the FDA for the treatment of nerve pain caused by shingles and by diabetes. The drug also reduces some forms of epileptic seizures.
The new findings support Pfizer's FDA application to make Lyrica the first drug specifically approved for fibromyalgia treatment.
Some doctors already are prescribing the drug for their fibromyalgia patients, says Roland Staud, MD, director of the musculoskeletal pain research center at the University of Florida, Gainesville. Staud was one of the investigators participating in the studies of Lyrica.
"This is one of the most effective medications we currently have for fibromyalgia," Staud tells WebMD. "And this is one of the largest clinical trials ever for fibromyalgia -- that is what makes it really special."

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