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 happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?

There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.


 What is the best dosage to take?

The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.


 What happens if I miss a dose?

You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.


 What is the best way to store this medication?

This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.

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