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Injections of lidocaine 'show good results in fibromyalgia patients'

Thursday 26 March 2009

Injection The UK’s Arthritis Research Campaign reports on research results published in the medical journal Clinical Rheumatology that show a marked improvement in Fibromyalgiapatients when given intravenous injections of lidocaine, a drug used primarily in dentistry and minor surgery.

The article noted:

“The researchers used the last method [intravenous] on the study participants and administered the drug in escalating doses, beginning with 2mg/kg and continuing to 5mg/kg. The injections were given once a day for five days.

Pain and quality of life was noted at the beginning of the study, after the fifth dose and again after 30 days. Results showed significant improvements in both areas after the fifth day, which continued for 30 days.”

The researchers concluded their research by saying that intravenous lidocaine injections are “safe and effective in the management of fibromyalgia”.

The full article can be found here:

Arthritis Research Campaign: Injections of lidocaine 'show good results in fibromyalgia patients'



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