Generally, the second approach is based on the belief that the condition is caused and perpetuated by persistent infections or other processes that keep the immune system working overtime.Drugs for ME/CFS can include antivirals, antidepressants (to balance brain chemistry and/or treat comorbid depression), anti-anxiety drugs, sleep aids, and medications to help with symptoms such as pain or fever.Some doctors also prescribe ADD/ADHD medications for ME/CFS.
While we don't have a lot of scientific evidence supporting the use of supplements for ME/CFS, many doctors and patients say they are an important part of a treatment regimen.
Commonly recommended supplements are believed to help boost the immune system, raise energy levels, improve cognitive functioning, or help manage other symptoms.
As with medications, it can take a lot of experimentation to find the right combination.
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS or ME/CFS) isn't an easy disease to treat: there's no standard treatment regimen that works for most people, the illness itself isn't well understood, and the medical community is divided over what kind of treatment is most appropriate.
Some treatments are even highly controversial among researchers and patients.
What most people can agree on, though, is that the treatment needs to be tailored to the individual.
It's important for you to work with your doctor and other members of your health-care team to come up with the regimen that's right for you.
Expect a lot of experimentation, including some setbacks, along the way.
Doctors prescribe a lot of different medications for ME/CFS.
Usually, these drugs are intended to manage symptoms.
Some doctors, however, believe certain medications may make the condition less severe.