72 patient evaluations for Milnacipran

Nov 19, 2009 (Started Oct 28, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fatigue, excessive sweating)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: 1. Easy to manage; side effects are mild, at least in comparison to previous medications, such as Cymbalta and Lyrica. Those medications, along with others, had moderate to severe side effects, at least for me. 2. Unexpected benefits: Have tried virtually everything for fibromyalgia, so I had sort of lost hope. So it has been extraordinarily positive to find that Savella really works well. 3. Impact on daily life includes the ability to function during the day, which has been a long-time schedule for me. I would often stay up all night and sleep all day, which made a variety of things extremely difficult.
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: fatigue, excessive sweating

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Feb 1, 2010 (Started Oct 05, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: It was amazing stuff. I am now taking a light anti-depressant but it is not as effective as the Savella. My Husband's company went for the cheap and changed insurance to a very slight care provider so now that wasn't covered although the doctors wrote to them they completely turned it all down. The new stuff is better than nothing but not much. Savella was a miracle if you can get it covered you owe yourself a trial. I am in so much better shape all except the back went out already and I was down with pain for a few days. With Savella I have a more positive outlook, better sleep, rested sleep. Now my sleep patterns are starting to turn and I am not doing as well. But I am trying to make it work. Savella again was a miracle for me. :) It was 33.00 for month with insurance.
Cost: $100-199 monthly
Side effects: fatigue

Dec 29, 2009 (Started Oct 05, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Someone on here said they took Savella and had stomach problems after taking. They suggested to eat half of your food for say breakfast take your pill then eat the rest. I do that still but sometimes I am unable and seem to tolerate it quite well. I am a different person. I thought I was going to have to go on disability but I feel so much more positive. I really felt so tired and lacking any energy. I was working 6 hours per day. Starting the 4th of Jan 2010 I will go back to 40 hours. They agreed I could come in at 9 am and stay until 5 pm which is really 7.5 hours. After a week I hope I will still feel better. But it may be difficult for me to work that long. Only time will tell. But I have to say Savella is a miracle. I really thought here we go turn 60 and put me out to pasture. I so hope this keeps on working. I wish everyone would try it and see if it works. I still have pain, the doctor prescribed Naproxyn which is helping. I can handle the pain to a degree just not the fatigue. I feel like Eyore when I get fatigued. I hope this helps even one person.
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: fatigue

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May 5, 2011 (Started Jul 03, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Severe (fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: Made me extremely tired. Had serotonin syndrome for the second time so my pain mgmt. dr. switched me to Pristiq. It's only been a few days on the Pristiq so it is too soon to tell but I think I got much more pain relief from the Savella, but my mood and energy level are better now. Savella stays in your system longer and can build up and serotonin syndrome is too dangerous to take a chance with. I won't ever be able to take Savella again so now we have to figure out how to help the pain more, it is very severe now. It is nice to have less fatigue!
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: fatigue

Dec 4, 2010 (Started Jul 03, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 156.25 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I think the Savella helps a lot with fatigue. I used to be on Cymbalta and was always so tired I could barely function. Had such a hard time staying awake I had to stop watching my great niece until I could get it under control. I had major fatigue before starting Cymbalta but can't honestly say if the fatigue was so bad because of the Cymbalta or if it was just not giving me any help with the fatigue from the fibromyalgia and it was naturally getting worse. Fatigue is much better since I have been on Savella. So either the Savella helps with the fatigue or the Cymbalta was making it worse. Or some combination of the 2.
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: fatigue

Aug 20, 2010 (Started Jul 03, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 156.25 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Great, new drug. I take 1 tablet in the morning, which is easy, and the other mid afternoon, which is harder to remember. Dr. advised me not to take it too close to bedtime so this was his advice. It doesn't help with the pain, but neither has anything else and I have tried many different meds. It does help tremendously with fatigue and that used to be a major problem for me. Nuvigil and Phentermine were useless for me. This is wonderful.
Side effects: fatigue

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