19 patient evaluations for Milnacipran taken for the purpose of 'fibromyalgia' with a perceived effectiveness rating of Moderate

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Dec 21, 2014 (Started Oct 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (insomnia, nausea)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Sep 22, 2013 (Started Oct 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (insomnia, nausea)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 25, 2013 (Started Nov 27, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Severe (high blood pressure increased)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Make sure you monitor your blood pressure. My blood pressure almost doubled taking this med.

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 15, 2013 (Started May 14, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (nausea, diarrhea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Cost: $100-199 monthly
Side effects: nausea

Sep 19, 2011 (Started May 14, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (nausea, diarrhea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Savella has been a life savor for me. If it wasn't for it I would not be up and moving around like I am now. I can always tell when it's time to take the next dose because I start hurting, but other than that this medication has really improved my fibro more than any others I have taken. Of course it's not 100% full proof, so it doesn't take away all the pain so I have to take a couple other meds to go along with it to help.
Cost: $100-199 monthly
Side effects: nausea

Jul 18, 2010 (Started May 14, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (nausea, diarrhea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: My mom does my meds up every sunday morning for the week ahead of me. I have found since I started taking Savella that it has really done me a lot of good. About the worst thing I have found about Savella is the price. The price is very exspensive. But it's worth every penny in my opion. It has helped me go from not moving at all, to starting to feel like myself again.
Cost: $100-199 monthly
Side effects: nausea

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Dec 12, 2012 (Started Aug 10, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (tiredness, Makes a little tired)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: It helps me with the pain and im able to do more than with out it.

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 21, 2012 (Started Jul 09, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (racing thoughts)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This worked wonders for my fibro pain. I was able to do a bit more as I wasn't hurting as much and was able to be a bit more active. Wasn't thinking about death as a way to release me from the pain any more. If you are considering this medication I would recommend at least to try it. It may work for you.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

May 1, 2012 (Started Mar 10, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

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: 100 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: 100 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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Feb 21, 2011 (Started Jan 25, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (dry mouth, hot flashes)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: hard for me to remember 2 does per day makes my mouth dry problems with urinary tract
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: dry mouth, hot flashes

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 2, 2011 (Started Jan 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Chronic Pelvic Pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Severe (elevated blood pressure)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This drug worked well but my blood pressure went up to 159/100 with a pulse of 102 while sitting. It has gone back to 128/70 pulse 78 since going off Savella
Side effects: elevated blood pressure

Dec 6, 2010 (Started Jan 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Chronic Pelvic Pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (elevated blood pressure)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Check with your doctor as my blood pressure and heart rate went up considerably
Side effects: elevated blood pressure

Jun 10, 2010 (Started Jan 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Chronic Pelvic Pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (elevated blood pressure)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I went off of this due to High Blood Pressure and didn't realize how much it was helping the pain until I was taken off. I went back on Savella for pain on 5/27/10...noticed difference right away. Sweating, is that from Savella?
Side effects: elevated blood pressure

Jan 7, 2010 (Started Jan 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Chronic Pelvic Pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: The nausea goes away after a week or two and then some pain relief with gained energy. Side effect though is insommnia but...with less pain.
Side effects: elevated blood pressure

  • 1 helpful mark

Jan 3, 2011 (Started Dec 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 12.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: TRY IT
Side effects: weight gain, weight gain

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