Reducing Your Risk of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
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Reducing Your Risk of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

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There are no guidelines for preventing chronic fatigue syndrome because the cause is unknown. Scientists are actively searching for a better understanding of chronic fatigue syndrome and ways to prevent it. However, it is sensible to eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly. Moreover, try to avoid the use of the following drugs since they are known to cause fatigue:

  • Drug abuse
  • Hypnotics
  • Blood pressure medications
  • Antidepressants
  • Seizure medications
  • Antihistamines
  • Beta blockers
  • Tranquilizers


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at:

Craig T, Kakumanu S. Chronic fatigue syndrome: evaluation and treatment. Am Fam Physician. 2002;65:1083-1090.

Prins JB, van der Meer JW, Bleijenberg G. Chronic fatigue syndrome. Lancet. 2006;367:346-355.

Last reviewed April 2007 by David Juan, MD

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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