Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Conventional Approaches to CFS
There are no prescription medications approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in treating CFS. There are, however, a number of medications used to treat the various symptoms of CFS, depending on the subclass of the disease and how it manifests itself. These medications include antidepressants, antihistamines, decongestants, central nervous system depressants (or stimulants), mineralocorticoids, and expectorants (Evengard 2002; Kasper 2005).
One medication showing potential is Ampligen ®, an experimental antiviral medication that stimulates the production of interferon. In two studies, CFS patients treated with Ampligen ® demonstrated improvements in cognition and performance. The drug has not yet been approved by the FDA and is in various stages of approval around the world for a wide range of conditions (No authors listed 2004).