« Back

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome ME/CFS

The Chronic Fatigue Syndrome ME/CFS Resource page is a collaborative project of NeedyMeds and the PANDORA ORG. It is intended to provide information on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome ME/CFS and to streamline and simplify the way those with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome ME/CFS may find assistance paying for their medications.

ME/CFS includes dysfunctions in the neurological, endocrine and immune systems. Besides overwhelming and abnormal fatigue, other symptoms could include muscle pain, headaches, sore throat, swollen lymph glands, impaired memory, impaired mental concentration and disrupted sleep patterns. Each patient's list of symptoms will be different. A distinctive feature is that symptoms persist despite adequate sleep and get worse hours or days after exertion or normal mental or body activity. In most cases, ME/CFS persists for years. About 25% of ME/CFS patients are largely homebound or bedbound. Most are moderately ill, with the severity of the symptoms unpredictably varying each day. Only about 5% go into remission. Researchers have not yet identified what causes the disease, and no widely accepted diagnostic test currently exists for ME/CFS. Anyone, at any time and of any gender, can come down with the disease gradually or suddenly. It often strikes teenagers after an infection.

Patient Assistance Programs (PAPs) are programs offered by pharmaceutical companies to help those most in need gain access to their medications at no or low cost. Each program has varying financial and insurance guidelines - when in doubt, call the program. To find the specific PAP information for a specific drug click on the list below. You will then be taken to a listing of all the programs available for that medication.

PANDORA Org and NeedyMeds neither promote nor endorse the therapies listed below nor the supporters of this page. This page is for educational purposes only.

Click HERE to learn more about NeedyMeds and how to use the information on the website and click HERE for more details on pharmaceutical patient assistance programs.

Medications used in the treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome ME/CFS

Blue names means the drug is available through a Patient Assistance Program; an asterisk indicates the drug is not currently available through a patient assistance program:

Actron (ketoprofen)*
Adderall (dextroamphetamine and amphetamine)*
Adipex-P (phentermine)*
Ambien (zolpidem tartrate)
Anaprox (naproxen)*
Anaspaz (hyoscyamine sulfate)*
Armour Thyroid (thyroid desiccated)
Aventyl (nortriptyline)*
Axid (nizatidine)*
Bentyl (dicyclomine)
Celebrex (celecoxib)
Celexa (citalopram hydrobromide)
Cortef (hydrocortisone oral)
Cortisol (hydrocortisone)*
Dalmane (flurazepam)*
Demerol (meperidine)*
Desyrel (trazodone)
Dexedrine Spansule (dextroamphetamine)*
Diazepam (valium)*
Dilaudid (hydromorphone)*
Donnatal (phenobarbital, hyoscyamine sulfate, atropine sulfate, scopolamine hydrobromide)
Dorol (quazeam)*
Effexor (venlafaxine)
Elavil (amitriptylene)*
Estrace (estradiol)
Evamist (estradiol transdermal spray)*
Famvir (famciclovir)
Fastin (phentermine)*
Feldene (piroxicam)
Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine)
Gammagard (immune globulin intravenous (human))
Hydrocet (acetaminophen hydrocodone)*
Ionamin (phentermine)*
Klonopin (clonazepam)
Levbid (hyoscyamine sulfate)*
Levsin (hyoscyamine sulfate)*
Levsinex (hyoscyamine sulfate)*
Librax (chlordiazepoxide and clidinium)*
Lorcet (hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen)*
Lortab (hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen)*
Minocin (minocycline hcl)
MS Contin (morphine sulfate)*
Naprosyn (naproxen)
Nardil (phenelyzine sulfate)
Neurontin (gabapentin)
Norgesic (orphenadrine)*
Norpramin (desipramine)*
Oby-Cap (phentermine)*
Oramorph (morphine sulfate)*
Orudis (ketoprofen)*
Oxycontin (morphine sulfate)
Pamelor (nortriptyline)
Parafon Forte DSC (chlorzoxazone)
Parlodel (bromocriptine*
Paxil (paroxetine)
Percocet (oxycodone and acetaminophen)*
Prometrium (progesterone)
ProSom (estazolam)*
Provigil (modafinal)*
Prozac (fluoxetine)
Rameron (mirtazepine)*
Restoril (temazepam)
Ritalin LA (methylphenidate)*
Robaxin (methocarbamol)*
Roxicet (acetamionophen and oxycodone)*
Sinequan (doxepin)*
Soma (carisoprodol)*
Synthroid (levothyroxine)
Talwin (pentazocine lactate)*
Tenormin (atenolol)
Tofranil (imipramine)
Triavil (amtriptyline)*
Tylox (oxycodone and acetaminophen)
Ultram (tramadol)
Valcyte (valganciclovir hci)
Valtrex (valacyclovir hci)
Vicodin (hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen)*
Vistide (cidofovir)
Wellbutrin (bupropion)
Xanax (alprazolam)
Xyrem (sodium oxybate)
Zithromax (azithromycin)
Zmax (azithromycin)
Zoloft (sertraline)
Zovirax (acyclovir)
Zyban (bupropion)*
Zydone (hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen)*
RX Outreach Other Sources of Assistance: