Another Treatment Option for Fibromyalgia
Savella, also known as (milnacipran HCI), is a drug that was approved by the FDA in January of 2009 to specifically help manage the
of fibromyalgia. In clinical trials it was found to help reduce pain, and improve mobility in some individuals.
Although it's in the same class as anti-depressants, and is used in other countries to treat depression, this drug is only approved to treat fibromyalgia in the United States. It's designed to increase the levels of serotonin and norepinephrine in the brain which are chemicals that can help reduce pain signals and help promote restful sleep.
Many people have found tremendous relief after finding a stable dosage. Some have noticed results within just a few weeks. It shouldn't be used by anyone with uncontrolled narrow angled glaucoma, and should not be taken with other anti-depressants called monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI).
It should also be avoided if you're taking other medications for a neurological or psychiatric disorder. You should discuss this with your doctor to determine if this drug is the right solution for you.
There are many potential side effects including but not limited to the following:
• Elevated Heart Rate or palpitations
• Increased bleeding
• Hot flashes
• Increased blood pressure
• Excessive sweating
(Increased bleeding can occur especially if taking other pain medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen)
Note: It's extremely important to let your doctor know about any other health related conditions you may have, and to share all other
or supplements you may be taking before using this specific drug. Serious or life threatening reactions may occur. The use of these types of fibromyalgia drugs should be monitored by your doctor on a regular basis.
If you prefer a more natural treatment approach, there are other
being used today such as
You should discuss this with a
that is familiar with these different treatment options. They can evaluate your current condition, and help you choose the best solution to meet your needs.
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