For many Americans, chronic pain is a part of everyday life. In search of relief, many turn to all sorts of remedies, from meditation to acupuncture to herbal supplements and more. That said, most people who suffer from chronic pain rely on pain medications to help ease their discomfort. Recently, a relatively new drug showed promise in clinical trials which tested its efficacy for reducing pain. Unfortunately, any type of medication may not be a good choice for people who suffer from TMJ disorder, thanks to potential side-effects that could be worse than the pain itself.
Recently, the drug maker, Pfizer Inc. reported that its pain drug Lyrica relieved pain better than placebo pills in a study that included 441 fibromyalgia patients. According to the research, Lyrica provided noticeable pain relief for the majority of participants; however, results began to dwindle after subjects took the drug for an extended period of time.
Currently approved to treat pain associated with nerve damage, shingles, diabetes and spinal cord injuries, Lyrica is not available for people who suffer from TMJ disorder; however, this most recent study indicates that the manufacturer has plans to expand its market in the near future.
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Even if Lyrica was available to people who suffer from TMJ, it wouldn’t necessarily be a good option. According to the drug’s manufacturer, side-effects from Lyrica may include weight gain, blurred vision, trouble concentrating, sleepiness, dizziness, balance disorder and skin swelling.
If you have TMJ disorder, there’s simply no reason to continuously ingest copious amounts of pain medication. Right now, you can get non-medicinal TMJ relief that can relieve your pain without unwanted side effects. A bite splint can eliminate TMJ pain by correcting a misaligned bite. To learn more, contact Dr. Dunayer's office today.