Savella (Milnacipran)

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What is Savella (Milnacipran) prescribed for?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition. It is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Many studies have researchers believe that this disorder amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way the mind processes pain signals. It can cause a troubling range of symptoms, from pain to fatigue.  It can start at any age and is more common in women then it is in men. The exact cause is unknown. However, the pain may be triggered by hormone changes, physical injury, or intense emotional trauma.

Savella affects certain chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters. An abnormality in these chemicals is thought to be related to Fibromyalgia. Savella is not used for depression, although it does work similarity to antidepressants.

Read up on any information your doctor may have given your regarding this medication. And if you have any questions or concerns, please speak with your doctor or pharmacist when possible. And to be sure this medication is helping your condition; visit your doctor regularly.

 

How does Savella (Milnacipran) work?

With Fibromyalgia you may experience a lower threshold of pain, and this may be a direct result in changes in your nervous system. This may be the cause of your sensitivity towards pain. All of this could be a result of the wrong levels of neurotransmitters.

Savella allows more of the neurotransmitters to travel from neuron to neuron. And it increases the levels of neurotransmitters which may ease pain and reduce fatigue, and even help with memory.

Take this medication exactly as directed to you by your doctor, and follow all instructions on the prescription label. Keep in mind your doctor may occasionally change your dose.

This medication is to be taken by mouth, with or without food. However food may help you tolerate the medicine better.

Keep in mind that your blood pressure and heart rate will be to be checked more often.

Also do not stop taking this medication suddenly. Or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor before deciding to stop taking this medication.

Before taking this medication, it is best to advise your doctor if you are allergic Milnacipran; or to any other medications or allergies in general. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems.

Before taking Savella, discuss with your doctor your use of other medications. This includes diuretics, triptans, or medications to treat psychiatric or neurological conditions. Ask if you should avoid nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), aspirin, or other drugs that thin blood. Combining these with Savella may increase your risk of abnormal bleeding.

It is best to inform your doctor of your medical history. Therefore, it is best to speak with your doctor if you have ever suffered from any of the following; high blood pressure, fast heart rate or other cardiac conditions, kidney problems, liver problems or history of heavy alcohol use, history of mania or seizure disorders, and bleeding disorders.

While minor, some of these side effects may occur. They are as follows;  constipation, dizziness, insomnia, hot flush or excessive sweating, vomiting, palpitations or increased heart rate, dry mouth, and high blood pressure. However if any of these persist or worsen, it’s best to speak with your doctor right away.

However the most common side effect of Savella is nausea.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

What is Savella?

Milnacipran is a medication that is used to treat the pain that comes from a condition called fibromyalgia. This condition affects the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and supporting tissue. Once you begin taking this medication it will work to restore the balance of a natural substance within the brain called neurotransmitters. Savella comes in two different strengths which are 25mg and 50mg. If you have any questions regarding this medication or any inquiries in general, feel free to give us a call at our toll free number 1-877-385-8998.

 

How long does it take for Savella to work?

While many have said that this medication works well, it is known to take a couple of months before you begin to feel the full effects of the medication.

 

What are the side effects of Savella?

Some of the more common side effects for this medication are listed as follows; Constipation, dizziness, insomnia, hot flush or excessive sweating, vomiting, palpitations or increased heart rate, dry mouth, and high blood pressure. Keep in mind that these are not all of the side effects listed for this medication, and if you are experiencing any of these be sure to inform your doctor if they persist or worsen.

 

Who makes Savella?

This medication was initially developed by Forest Laboratories Inc. and Cypress Bioscience Inc. However in 2014 the company was acquired by Actavis, a global pharmaceutical company based in New Jersey.

 

What is the cost of Savella?

Savella falls in line with Medicare’s Tier 3 of their formulary.  Tier 3 drugs are usually referred to as “preferred brand-name drugs”. Meaning they will be a bit more expensive then medications on lower tiers. However, you can still find a much more affordable offer on an online Canadian Pharmacy such as My Drug Center. We have a starting price of $78.00 for 100 pills.

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