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Medical marijuana vs. Fibromyalgia drugs

Sunday 22 June 2014

 

From About.com's Adrienne Dellwo:

 

Medical marijuana
 

Medical Marijuana vs. Fibromyalgia Drugs

By Adrienne Dellwo
May 16, 2014

According to a National Pain Foundation survey, people with fibromyalgia say medical marijuana is far more effective at controlling their pain than the three FDA-approved fibromyalgia drugs.

Those of us with this illness often try drug after drug, only to find that most of them aren't terribly helpful. This survey shines a bright light on that as well as indicating that medical marijuana may be a better option for many.

Here's how people responded when asked which drug was very effective:

Ten percent vs. 62 percent? That's pretty huge. It might be even more impressive when you look at the responses to doesn't help at all:

  • Cymbalta - 60%
  • Lyrica - 61%
  • Savella - 68%
  • Marijuana - 5%

You can see more of the survey's findings here: National Pain Report.

I can't say that I'm surprised the FDA-approved drugs fared so poorly, but I am surprised marijuana was that effective. It's showing promise in preliminary studies, though, as well as anecdotally. Now if only we had better access to it!

Here's more information on medical marijuana:

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