What is Milnacipran?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Savella Ixel

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Milnacipran is a serotonin/norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) antidepressant. It is used in the treatment of depression and has demonstrated significant improvements in multiple aspects of fibromyalgia, including pain, patient global assessment and physical function.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Fibromyalgia 1,105 629
Pain 171 96
Depressed mood 97 54
Whole body joint ache 23 10
Fatigue 14 7

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 196
Moderate 158
Mild 166
None 160

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Milnacipran

Side effect Patients
Nausea 88
Excessive sweating 35
Headaches 30
Hot flashes 28
Constipation 27
Dizziness 19

Show all 230 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Milnacipran

Dosage Patients
100 mg daily 11
100 mg twice daily 10
50 mg twice daily 9
25 mg twice daily 5
50 mg daily 5
12.5 mg daily 3
200 mg daily 3
12.5 mg twice daily 2
150 mg daily 2
200 mg twice daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Milnacipran

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 263
Did not seem to work 173
Doctor's advice 75
Expense 48
Other 34
Change in health plan coverage 16
Personal research 14
Course of treatment ended 5
See all 441 patients who've stopped taking Milnacipran

Duration

Currently taking Milnacipran

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 11
5 - 10 years 30

Stopped taking Milnacipran

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 112
1 - 6 months 188
6 months - 1 year 52
1 - 2 years 43
2 - 5 years 36
5 - 10 years 8
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 585
Usually 59
Sometimes 10
Never taken as prescribed 26
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 52
Somewhat hard to take 58
A little hard to take 108
Not at all hard to take 462
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 15
$100-199 40
$50-99 85
$25-49 159
< $25 164
Not specified 217

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Milnacipran after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 22
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 17
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 5
Nortriptyline (Pamelor) 2
Citalopram (Celexa) 1

Show all 12 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Milnacipran and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 7
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 4
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 3
Naltrexone (Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN)) 2
Topiramate (Topamax) 2

Show all 15 treatments patients report switching to

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74 patient evaluations for Milnacipran

Sep 15, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Weight gain, Elevated blood pressure)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Twice daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Jul 28, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Weight gain, Elevated blood pressure)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Twice daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Sep 15, 2014 (Started Jul 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 15, 2015 (Started Jul 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I felt that Savella was very effective in managing FM symptoms, however, with Obamacare, it was too expensive to keep taking it. I gradually weened off the medication, and am now using supplements from Melaleuca and JuicePlus and am doing just as well.
Cost: $200+ monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

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
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