72 patient evaluations for Milnacipran

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Sep 28, 2009 (Started )

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Advice & Tips: Very expensive. Most insurance won't cover.

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Jan 4, 2010 (Started Dec 26, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Severe (dry mouth, itching)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: just started in dec2009 and trying to get my body to ajust to the meds. hope it gets better
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: dry mouth, itching

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Jan 28, 2010 (Started Jul 20, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: It is a great new drug. I have a cocktail of Savella, Lyrica Flexeril and Oxycodone and it works for me. I know that some day taking these medications are probably going to do something to my organs but it makes me function like a normal human being as much as possible.I have a high tolerance to medications so I don.t get the symptoms like some people do. If you met me you would never know I was on all these medications and for that I am Thankful.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Nov 15, 2009 (Started Oct 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for This is for Fibromyalgia pain, but also will take place of antidepressants. It is also said to help with fatigue.)
  • Side effects
    Severe (elevated blood pressure)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This medicine caused my blood pressure to soar, my heart to palpitate, and made me feel terrible in general. Once I was on it, I couldn't just stop taking it. The price is prohibitive, so thank God one of my doctors had a sample packet in his office (the same one the pharmacy wanted $130 for). I was able to wean off the medicine, but it took about a month for my blood pressure, etc. to go back to normal.
Side effects: elevated blood pressure

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Feb 18, 2010 (Started Oct 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (constipation)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: The Savella causes constipation. I manage it may eating more fiber and drinking lots of water.
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: constipation

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Feb 15, 2010 (Started Sep 20, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (dry mouth)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: dry mouth

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Mar 4, 2010 (Started Feb 27, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (nausea, elevated blood pressure, tachycardia (fast heart rate))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 12.5 mg Daily
Side effects: nausea, elevated blood pressure, tachycardia (fast heart rate)

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Mar 25, 2010 (Started Oct 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for sleep problems)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (daytime sleepiness, high blood pressure increased, excessive sweating)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Savella has saved my life & freed it of MOST of the fibro pain I was feeling and I sleep so much better & deeper. My husband says I talk in my sleep, so I am getting into that REM sleep that is so important to fibro treatment. I've been on many anti-depressants and I have to say, this one is the BEST for my fibro treatment. NOTE: it takes at least 6-8 weeks to notice benefits.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: high blood pressure increased, daytime sleepiness, excessive sweating

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Mar 15, 2010 (Started Feb 23, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Fibromyalgia/Anxiety)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: muscle spasms

Feb 27, 2010 (Started Feb 23, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Fibromyalgia/Anxiety)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Had a little mental confusion, muscle rigidity and twitching so far.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: muscle spasms

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Apr 2, 2010 (Started Dec 11, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Severe
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 28, 2010 (Started Dec 11, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Severe
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Savella gave me night sweats, hot flashes and severe headaches. I had to get off Savella (via gradual cut back) to reduce the occurrence of the side effects. I took the Savella in conjunction with Ambien to treat significant insomnia. I did not see a significant change in fibromyaglia symptoms due to negative side effects.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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