Controlled trial of Myers cocktail for fibromyalgia.
Comment: The Myers cocktail is a popular treatment for fibromyalgia, and anecdotal reports indicate that it is highly beneficial (see Gaby AR. Intravenous nutrient therapy: the "Myers' cocktail." Altern Med Rev. 2002;7:389-403). This is the first controlled trial to evaluate the Myers cocktail as a treatment for fibromyalgia. While substantial improvements were seen, active treatment was only nonsignificantiy more effective than placebo, because there was a very strong placebo response. Of note, however, is the improvement in the active-treatment group persisted after treatment was discontinued, whereas most of the benefit wore off after placebo treatment was discontinued. That finding suggests that the Myers cocktail does have a beneficial effect. Placebo responses typically last no longer than three months. It would therefore be worthwhile to conduct a repeat study of longer duration.
Ali A et al. Intravenous micronutrient therapy (Myers' cocktail) for fibromyalgia: a placebocontrolled pilot study. / Altern Complement Med. 2009;15:247-257.
by Alan R. Gaby, MD
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|Author:||Gaby, Alan R.|
|Date:||Nov 1, 2009|
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