Since my doctor told me that it might be addictive several years ago, I decided to see if there is any new info on this drug. I googled it and here is what I have found:
There are different classes of controlled substances depending on the abuse potential of the drug. Provigal is acontrolled substance but it is in the "low potential for abuse" catagory. Other meds in this catagory are Xanax and Ambien which I personally found highly addictive.
Nuvigal is just a "tweeked" form of Provigal so the drug company can keep the patent.
Again, this is FYI. I am not condemning anyone who takes these drugs. I'm just saying be informed and be careful.
I'm sorry if I offended you with my post. I want to make it clear that I am not against using meds for fibro and if the person can take it responsibly I have no problem. Using meds is an individual choice, so I can't tell anybody not to take them.
What my issue is that I think that people need to educate themselves about their meds in order to make an informed decision.
My doctor told me that "the jury is still out" as far as the addictive potential of these drugs. Because of that I choose to be on the safe side and not take them.
I'm am certainly not labeling you or anyone else as drug addicts, and I am sorry if I came across that way.
Thanks for the head's up! There is so much wrong info because fibro cannot fit neatly into a certain category or treatment. That leaves the issue wide open for any quack who claims to have a "cure". The simple cures are the ones that people often go for. It is too difficult for some of us to accept that this is a complicated illness, and yes it would be nice to attribute all of the symptoms to one cause and one treatment, but it hasn't happened yet.
I don't mean to offend anyone here with my opinions, I admit I could be wrong. And it could be that some of these treatments may have some value. However, I don't believe anyone who uses flashy advertising and big promises.
I am going to see an alternative doctor that may be able to help me. He's a chiropracter and does theraputic massage. They also have physical therapy there too. And all paid for by Medicare!!!
After seeing so many flashy websites for chiropractors who treat fibro, I was surprised to find him just in the superpages! There was a listing of what they offer there, but no flash and empty promises. Anyway, wish me luck! I'll let you know how it goes!
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Amen!!! I went through addictions to tranquilizers, sleeping pills and alcohol. I know that there are people out there who can use addictive meds without abusing them, so I don't judge. But I know I can't.
To those of you who want to try them : I would be wary of these drugs if you have had substance abuse issues.
And if you haven't, still beware of things like tolerance which means the dosage you are on has to be raised to get the same level of relief.
By the way, some people say that Provigal and Nuvigal are not addictive. My paperwork from the pharmacy said that it could be. That's enough for me.
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