What's in your medicine cabinet? In addition to all of your prescription drugs and supplements, you might want to keep certain over-the-counter (OTC) meds on hand to help you manage symptoms of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome . They probably won't do much (if anything) for pain and fatigue, but as you know we get dozens of other symptoms to deal with, and they can pop up unexpectedly. It pays to be prepared by keeping certain things available.
Like many lessons fibromyalgia has taught me, I've learned this one the hard way - and once something hits hard, it's not terribly likely that I can go get what I need for myself. I've been taken out of commission by things like dizziness and extreme congestion, and the longer it goes the worse everything gets! That's why I put together 5 OTC Drugs for Managing Fibromyalgia & ME/CFS Symptoms.
Remember that just because it's OTC doesn't mean it's safe! The best resource when it comes to whether drugs are safe to take together is your pharmacist, but that's not a lot of help at 2 a.m. Before you add something to your handful of pills, check with these online drug resources:
What OTC meds do you rely on for managing your symptoms? Leave a comment below or in About.com's Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome community forum (under Newsletter & Blog Topics.)
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