Treatments For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.


This condition has no proven cure but there are treatments for chronic fatigue syndrome that have been studied and have been under research for some time.


Chronic Fatigue Syndrome affects individuals uniquely and so, logically, this is the approach with medications. By collaborating with your doctor you can ensure you get the appropriate treatment that is tailored specifically to your condition.

It is essential to familiarize yourself with the indications, contraindications and side effects of the medicines you may be prescribed. Communicating with your doctor and pharmacist with regard to previous or currently used medications and over-the-counter medicines is also crucial to your treatment as this may defeat the purpose of any CFS medications you are prescribed.


These are the most regularly prescribed pharmaceutical treatments for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome:


1)                   Anti-viral and anti-biotic drugs. Although there is no particular virus directly responsible for CFS, the Epstein – Barr virus, human herpes virus 6 and enteroviruses (a group of viruses that are almost as prolific as the common cold virus) are thought to be suspects. Studies r show that sufferers of CFS exhibit similar signs and symptoms of viral infection as those suffering with autoimmune diseases. These medications should only be prescribed and taken with active infection.


2)                   Anti-depressants. There are two types of anti-depressants used in CFS; these are known as SSRI/SNRIs (such as Prozac) and tricyclic agents. As CFS may worsen with depression, taking antidepressants can alleviate some symptoms, thus preventing more exhaustion. CFS sufferers are not prescribed anti-depressants because they are actually depressed (although they may become depressed as result of their condition) but because they can help improve sleep, improve energy levels and alleviate muscle pain.



3)                   Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Many brands of this type of medication are available without prescription and can be used to relieve pain and raised temperature. However, it should be noted that combining different drugs under this class may put a patient in danger of serious side effects, si it is important to keep your doctor informed if you are using them.


4)                   Blood-pressure medications. Neurally mediated hypotension (NMH), which is more commonly known as “fainting reflex”, is associated with CFS sufferers. Some tests have shown that using a low blood pressure medication can help to combat this condition in up to 65% of cases. Examples of drugs include: Florinef and Tenormin. Taking these drugs must be balanced with salt and water intake.


There are other treatments for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome available that come under the banner of “alternative” or “complementary” medicine and therapies. These have, in many cases, proved to be invaluable when used alongside prescribed medication.


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