Simplefill is committed to helping Americans get the financial help they need to cover the cost of their prescription medications. Learn more about our fibromyalgia patient assistance program and apply today.
What Is Fibromyalgia?
Medical science is still searching for answers to the many questions surrounding fibromyalgia. It is a chronic disorder that sometimes (but not always) begins after a physically or psychologically traumatic event. The exact disease mechanisms are not completely understood, though researchers believe that the brain of a fibromyalgia patient processes pain signals in a way that makes painful sensations more severe.
In addition to widespread musculoskeletal pain, fibromyalgia is often associated with fatigue, sleep disorders (including sleep apnea and restless legs syndrome), localized tenderness, headaches, TMJ disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, depression, and anxiety. Patients also report impaired focus and other cognitive issues collectively referred to as “fibro fog.”
There is no cure for fibromyalgia, but a number of medications are available that can provide some symptomatic relief.
What Fibromyalgia Medication Assistance Does Simplefill Provide?
Simplefill serves as an advocate for patients to access fibromyalgia assistance programs offered by pharmaceutical companies and nonprofit organizations. Simplefill eliminates the need for you to sort through all of the possible assistance programs on your own. Our advocates do that for you and help you enroll in the programs you qualify for. Our goals is to make your prescriptions more affordable while helping to simplify the process for you.
We provide fibroymyalgia assistance programs for common drugs like:
- Celebrex (NSAID)
- And more
How Do Different Types of Fibromyalgia Medications Work?
Of the three drugs approved by the FDA for the treatment of fibromyalgia, two are antidepressants— Cymbalta (duloxetine) and Savella (milnacipran)—and one, Lyrica (pregalbin) is an anti-seizure medication.
Other drugs are also commonly prescribed to treat the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Antidepressants, for instance, work by raising the levels of serotonin and norepinephrine, both of which help to control pain. Three main types of antidepressants may provide some pain relief for those with fibromyalgia:
- Serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). Two of the three FDA-approved medications for treating fibromyalgia, Cymbalta and Savella, are SNRIs. In addition to helping control pain, they address sleep and mood issues.
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). These include Celexa (citalopram), Lexapro (escitalopram), Prozac (fluoxetine), Paxil (paroxetine), and Zoloft (sertraline). All of these medications can be helpful in relieving pain and depression.
- Tricyclic antidepressants. Tricyclics like Elavil (amitriptyline) have been around for a long time and can be helpful in addressing pain and improving sleep.
How to Get Fibromyalgia Prescription Assistance from Simplefill
To get started with Simplefill, the first step is to complete our application, either by applying online or by calling us at 1(877)386-0206. You will then get a call from one of our advocates within 24 hours. The advocate will interview you over the phone to obtain the information we need to match you up with suitable fibromyalgia patient assistance programs. We’ll then apply to those programs for you and get you enrolled in the ones that approve your application.
Our help doesn’t end once you’re enrolled in one or more assistance programs. We’ll continue working on your behalf to ensure timely renewal of your prescriptions. And we’ll update your list of prescriptions by adding any new medications that you have been prescribed as well.
The sooner you apply for Simplefill’s program, the sooner we’ll be able to help you get assistance paying for your fibromyalgia medications. Get started today!