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Benefits of Medicine in CFS Treatment

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a long-term illness with various symptoms, the most common being extreme tiredness. While there is currently no definitive cure for CFS, certain medicines can help manage and alleviate the symptoms.

It can be a frustrating experience to interact with medical professionals, some of which see CFS/Burnout/ME as a ‘catch all’ box, or do not take it seriously given it’s complexity. It’s still constructive to seek medical help to ensure you can eliminate other conditions, and generally support you in getting well again.

From personal anecdotal experience, it’s perhaps just as crucial to work on improving your nutrition when aiming to reach the future healthy you, (unless you have your nutrition perfect). Often (in the UK at least), modern medicine seems to miss the importance of nutrition, and fall short of holistic analysis.

Still, there can be useful tools available via these systems:

Treating Sleep Problems

Medicines like sleeping pills and other types of medication can be prescribed by doctors to help those suffering from CFS improve their sleep quality. Better sleep can aid in reducing fatigue and other related symptoms.

Relieving Pain

Over-the-counter pain relievers, prescription nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and other pain relief medications can help in managing muscle pain, joint pain, and headaches commonly associated with CFS.

Managing Depression and Anxiety

People with CFS often experience depression and anxiety. Antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs can be used to mitigate these symptoms, improving overall quality of life.

Controlling Orthostatic Intolerance

Medicines such as fludrocortisone, midodrine, and beta-blockers can help manage orthostatic intolerance, a condition often associated with CFS where heart rate and blood pressure fluctuates drastically upon standing.


While medicine cannot cure CFS, it can significantly enhance the quality of life for those suffering from the condition by reducing symptoms and improving sleep, mood, and overall wellbeing. It’s natural to lean on medical solutions, we still suggest improving your overall nutrition as a fundamental building block to a future healthier you.