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 August 28, 2010 11:47 PM

Finding Affordable Meds
Your doctor may also be able to help you enroll in a prescription drug aid program like the one sponsored by the Partnership for Prescription Assistance ( ), a coalition of pharmaceutical companies and health-care advocates, says Cheryl Fish-Parcham, the deputy director of health policy at Families USA, another consumer advocacy group.
Another good source for help with finding affordable prescriptions (and all types of medical financial assistance) is MedlinePlus ( ).

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 September 22, 2009 2:30 PM

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 August 07, 2009 5:15 PM

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 July 08, 2009 5:15 PM

Inexpensive drug appears to relieve Fibro pain

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Medtipster helping Uninsured July 08, 2009 8:29 AM gives consumers affordable options....

Prescription costs have become increasingly difficult to manage. You can start saving by switching to generic drugs. recently launched an early version of its drug price comparison Web site. Consumers type in their drug name, dosage and ZIP code, and can find prescription drugs available on discount generic programs and where they can find them in their neighborhoods. The site will eventually offer users information on scheduled immunizations, health screenings and mini-clinics in their area; recalls and warnings; an "Ask the Pharmacist" feature; and an online community in which individuals can share information.

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 May 24, 2009 5:17 AM

What is Lyrica? What does Lyrica treat?

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 May 23, 2009 12:10 PM

Miraprex for Fibromyalgia

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Pfizer Discontinues Development of Two Phase 3 Compounds March 03, 2009 6:04 AM

Company to Redirect Resources to Projects Considered More Likely To Bring Value to Company and Patients

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pfizer Inc announced today that, following a review of the development and commercial portfolios in the Primary Care Business Unit, it is terminating Phase 3 development programs for the investigational compounds esreboxetine for fibromyalgia and PD 332,334 for generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).

The decision to terminate these programs will enable the Business Unit to allocate additional resources to higher-potential development programs as part of its continuing effort to deliver greater value to patients and Pfizer shareholders.

After reviewing the results of the first Phase 3 study for PD 332,334 for the treatment of GAD and the existing data for esreboxetine for the treatment of fibromyalgia, along with current market dynamics, it was considered unlikely that either compound would provide meaningful benefit to patients beyond the current standard of care. Neither compound was terminated due to safety reasons.

“While confident in the safety of these compounds, we don’t believe that they provide significant benefit over other therapies,” said Pedro Lichtinger, President and General Manager, Pfizer’s Primary Care Business Unit.

Mr. Lichtinger continued, “In Primary Care, we continually review our portfolio to ensure we are developing medicines in areas of unmet need and have found significant potential opportunities to bring more value to patients and our company. For example, we are advancing the investigational compound tanezumab into areas of pain management beyond osteoarthritis and see potential opportunities for other investigational compounds in other areas of significant patient need, including Alzheimer’s disease and thrombosis. Our goal is to use our resources efficiently and effectively to continue to deliver medical innovations to the global health community.”

Pfizer will continue to pursue an indication for Lyrica (pregabalin) CV in the treatment of GAD,a chronic disorder characterized by persistent anxiety, exaggerated worry and tension that results in impairment of daily function.

Pfizer is a pioneer in the study of treatments for fibromyalgia, a condition of chronic widespread pain. In June 2007, Lyrica (pregabalin) CV became the first FDA-approved treatment for the management of fibromyalgia, and Pfizer continues to support research and education in this complex pain condition.

Pfizer is notifying all clinical trial investigators involved in studies of both esreboxetine and PD 332,334 to determine the best course of action for their patients. Patients participating in any of these studies should contact their clinical investigational site should they have any questions or concerns. --

About Pfizer Inc

Pfizer Inc, founded in 1849, is dedicated to better health and greater access to health care for people and their valued animals. Every day, over 80,000 colleagues in more than 150 countries work to discover, develop, manufacture and deliver quality, safe and effective prescription medicines to patients.

DISCLOSURE NOTICE: The information contained in this release is as of February 23, 2009. Pfizer assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this release as the result of new information or future events or developments.

This release contains forward-looking information about the product candidate tanezumab and about a potential additional indication for Lyrica, including their potential benefits, that involves substantial risks and uncertainties. Such risks and uncertainties include, among other things, the uncertainties inherent in research and development; decisions by regulatory authorities regarding whether and when to approve any drug applications that may be filed for tanezumab and for such additional indication for Lyrica as well as the decisions by regulatory authorities regarding labeling and other matters that could affect their availability or commercial potential; and competitive developments.

A further description of risks and uncertainties can be found in Pfizer’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2007 and in its reports on Form 10-Q and Form 8-K.


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Savella, new drug approved for FM February 27, 2009 6:07 AM

FDA OKs Fibromyalgia Drug Savella
Savella Joins Cymbalta and Lyrica as Drugs Approved for Fibromyalgia Patients
By Miranda HittiWebMD Health News
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MDJan. 15, 2009
-- The FDA has approved a new drug called Savella for the management of fibromyalgia.
Savella belongs to a class of drugs called serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), which include some
The drug companies behind Savella -- Forest Laboratories Inc. and Cypress Bioscience Inc. -- report that the FDA approved Savella based on two clinical trials that together included 2,084 fibromyalgia patients who took Savella or a placebo for three months or six months.
Savella trumped the placebo in the percentage of patients of who reported at least a 30% reduction in pain and also rated themselves as being "very much improved" or "much improved" in terms of their fibromyalgia, according to a joint news release from Forest Laboratories and Cypress Biosciences.
Savella was safe and generally well tolerated, according to Forest Laboratories and Cypress Biosciences. The drug companies report that nausea was the most common side effect in the clinical trials and that other commonly reported adverse reactions were constipation, hot flush, sweating, vomiting, palpitations, increased heart rate, dry mouth, and
hypertension (high blood pressure).
Savella, which is expected to be available by prescription in March, is only approved for adults. It will bear the same "black box" warning as antidepressants about increased risk of suicidal thinking and behavior in children, adolescents, and young adults.
Savella will get a medication guide outlining its risks. And the FDA is requiring postmarketing studies of the pregnancy and fetal outcomes in women who take Savella while pregnant, and a clinical trial of Savella's effects on babies exposed to the drug from breastfeeding.
Other FDA-approved fibromyalgia drugs include the nerve pain drug Lyrica and the SNRI antidepressant Cymbalta. Other antidepressants may be used to treat fibromyalgia but aren't specifically approved by the FDA for that use.
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 August 03, 2008 7:00 PM

Prescription and other medications

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 June 11, 2008 12:11 PM


I am just starting on Lyrica a few days now so don't notice a difference yet. Am on 225mg per day total.

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 March 29, 2008 5:52 AM

Two Drugs Combine for Moderate Fibromyalgia Pain Relief

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One of the most frustrating aspects of fibromyalgia has been the lack of viable medications to treat its symptoms. Many different things are tried in combination for relief of pain and for problems with sleep. When a patient is diagnosed with fibromyalgia, most often a program is prescribed that includes patient education, behavior modification, gentle therapy, and medication for sleep and pain. In 2003, however, a study at an outpatient clinic found that a combination of analgesic drugs, tramadol and acetaminophen, could be a safe and effective way to achieve at least moderate fibromyalgia pain.

Study participants, primarily women between the ages of 18 and 75 years, were allowed to take medication for depression and sleeping aids. There were 315 participants, half taking the combination medication and half taking a placebo. Results of the study confirmed that the combination of these drugs was a safe and effective way to relieve pain for patients with fibromyalgia.

Because many medications are used in combination to treat fibromyalgia, the use of antidepressants and sleep aids was specifically examined in this study, and was not felt to be a problem (participants in previous studies had not been allowed to use antidepressants and sleep aids). The report’s authors, however, warn that taking several medications with acetaminophen in combination with these two drugs could be toxic. Consequently, if your doctor is considering prescribing the tramadol and acetaminophen combination, it’s critically important to tell your doctor about all other medications (including both prescription and over-the-counter) you may be taking, especially those containing acetaminophen.

For more information: “Tramadol and acetaminophen combination tablets in the treatment of fibromyalgia pain: A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study,” R. Bennett, MD; M. Kamin, MD; R. Karim, PhD; N. Rosenthal, MD, The American Journal of Medicine, Vol 114, p. 537-545, May 2003.

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anonymous  January 23, 2008 3:19 PM

Trigger Point Injections

Trigger point injection is a procedure used to treat painful areas of muscle that contain trigger points, or knots of muscle that form when muscles do not relax. During this procedure, a health care professional, using a small needle, injects a local anesthetic that sometimes includes a steroid into a trigger point. With the injection, the trigger point is made inactive and the pain is alleviated. Usually, a brief course of treatment will result in sustained relief.

Trigger point injection is used to treat muscle pain in the arms, legs, lower back, and neck. In addition, this approach has been used to treat fibromyalgia, tension headaches, and myofascial pain syndrome (chronic pain involving tissue that surrounds muscle) that does not respond to other treatment.

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anonymous  January 08, 2008 4:19 AM

Prescription Pain and other Medications

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My Meds... November 16, 2007 6:17 PM

600 mg's of Lyrica 200mg. 3 x a day..

Zanax 10 mg. 3 x a day

Effexor 150 mg. a day 75mg  2 x a day

10/650 Hydrocodone 1,5 times a day as needed...

Topamax 100 mg. 2 x a day...

Loads Of Vitamin C/D/E/b6/b12

Loads of calcium and several herbs which i will discuss in a different topic ...

The lyrica works on ~Quote~Only Helping My Sleep Pattern~

The Zanax helps the anxiety i get from the coping part of my illness,(FIBROMYALGIA)And The effexor for the anxiety and or depression which comes from dealing with pain constantly.

Hydrocodone for pain management...But it helps me to be able to move my joints,but it dont take the pain away,it just helps you cope it.

Topamax for the Migraine Headaches that comes chronic because of the constant muscular strain in my neck.Which is a high symptom with Fibromyalgia.

I wish for a cure...I hate pills...Sometimes i feel like a guinea pig with pills...

And Jillian ,I agree with Neourotin (IT IS THE DEVIL)And it severely damages the liver....

Some pain meds and or all meds ither run thru your liver or kidneys.Neorotin,i might be spelling it wrong,but it works hard on your liver...

I always try and let people know this and its important because the side effects can cause other serious illnesses...

So always research a med and discuss its side effects with your doctor before you take anything....Thnx Monalisa

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 November 15, 2007 8:41 AM

I take soma 3 times a day
vicodin (5 mg) 2 times a day but have cut them in half so am taking 2 1/2 mg 2 times a day)
and ambian at night for sleep, altho I trade off and take tylenol pm some nights and many nights nothing helps.
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J.E. November 15, 2007 8:33 AM

Ask you doctor to be sure and do blood tests for kidney function. Arthrotec was affecting my blood pressure and kidney function. In fact I was in renal failure when he took me off of it. He said when he put me on it that it was not for long time use because of this. Just passing on some info.

Lady Bleu

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anonymous  November 14, 2007 7:46 AM

I'm taking...

  1. Arthrotec for OA and IA
  2. Tramadol , Propoxyphene-Nw/APAP 650 and Fibroplex supplements for Fibro
  3. Vitamin D 400I.U.,Vitamin C 500mg w/rose hips,Women's one a day,Calcium 600 + D,3 x a day
  4. Vesicare for over active bladder
  5. Hyoscyamine(Levbid) for IBS
  6. Zolpidem(ambien) at bedtime
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 November 04, 2007 11:19 AM

I'm taking Effexor XR, and it works wonderfully!

I tried taking Zoloft, Celexa, Prozac, Paxil, and Elavil and they either didn't work, or caused horrible side effects.

I take  Darvocet and Tramadol for the Fibromyalgia; Atenolol, Rythmol, and Digoxin for A-fib, PVC's, and MVP ( heart conditions);  Prilosec for acid reflux;  Effexor XR, Ativan, and Wellbutrin for intermittent bipolar syndrome, major depressive disorder, and PTSD; Lisinopril/HCTZ for hypertension;  and Advair and Albuterol for asthma; and Neurontin for peripheral neuropathy.  

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 October 31, 2007 8:08 AM

Katherine, have you tried Effexor?  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 October 29, 2007 8:29 AM

Kathie have you tried web md? I find a lot of stuff there very helpful, you can look up anything on there, read causes, things that may help and of cource different kinds of drugs (and the side effects, even pictures of what they look like.)  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
My meds October 28, 2007 2:58 PM

None actually seem to work. I have ddd in entire spine~including neck. Have fibro, Oa in every joint/bone, RA, CFS, myofacial,tmj,carpel tunnel~im tons of fun lolol at least I have my humor. I take daily: 1800Mg of neurontin 100 mg elavil 150 mg voltaren 30 mg restoril 25 mg celexa 101 mg lipitor vicodin I just started the celexa because I couldnt take zoloft~felt way too jittery like I was about to have a seizure~have had 4 and havent had any since 79 but you just know that feeling. Im starting to have problems with the celexa and from what the pill book says it and zoloft are in the same class of med and have the same side effects. Is there any med for depression that doesnt cause that side effect? Im on medicare since I finally won my ssdi in June. tia!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 October 24, 2007 6:29 PM

By the way, I'm a bulletin whore. 

Neurontin is the devil. 

I was on it for quite some time when first diagnosed with RSD/CRPS.  I gained 75 pounds in 3 months.  My skin turned scaley and blue.  I could barely bend my fingers.  My eyes were always caked over in this weird filmy stuff...  yeah it was gross.

It's the devil.

I hate it.

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 October 24, 2007 6:27 PM

Diclofinac helps me with Lupus.  I get lots of swelling, especially in my hands and wrists and feet.  And that really helps with the pressure much better than anything OTC.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 October 24, 2007 6:26 PM

I love Topomax.  LOVE it.  100mg, twice daily.  I went the better part of eight years with zero sensory perception in ANY extremity despite all previous treatment, and after two weeks of 100mg/2x daily, I felt tingly sensations...  Unless you've been there, I can't explain what it's like to go from no feeling to... feeling.  It's so amazing.  Slowly I got all feeling back in all extremities.  Of course, now the docotrs say I'll probably die without it and it's pretty expensive, but Canada helps out with the cost and even has a generic available that the US doesn't yet.  And really, it's worth every penny.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
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I am on Endone October 17, 2007 1:19 PM

I have been on endone for 15 yrs due to 26 knee ops including a failed knee replacement. I began on 8  5mg day and now I am on 4 5mg tablets a day. I have found it works and keeps my pain bearable. It is a controlled drug and here in Australia you need to have several Dr's approve that you need it. Its other name is Hydrocodeine.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
anonymous  October 17, 2007 6:42 AM

I am currently only on one prescription med, given now for Fibromyalgia. I am taking 75mg Lyrica twice a day...have found no relief with this

Lyrica is now being prescribed for Fibro, yet initially made for Diabetic pain and Shingles.

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anonymous Prescriptions October 17, 2007 4:28 AM

Please place any prescription meds here that may be beneficial to chronic pain sufferers here...

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