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Review by rhia2012: User Rating:  
   
8.0

Savella (milnacipran) for Fibromyalgia: Since I was 16 years old I've been in so much pain! I also deal with endometriosis and TMJ, so the pain can get pretty unbearable! I'm only 23 and a stay at home mom of a two year old, so you can just imagine how bad things can get! I was finally diagnosed with fibromyalgia last month and my doctor gave me Savella. I can honestly tell you within one week the huge difference it had made! I was very emotional the first time I finally felt relaxed, as you can imagine 7 years of constant pain had taken a huge tool on my young life (which I pretty much missed out on college, parties etc.) I haven't had any side effects with Savella, it has saved me! I really hope it works for you as much as it does for me!

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January 19, 2012 12:30 AM
Review by Anonymous: User Rating:  
   
5.0

Savella (milnacipran) for Fibromyalgia: This medicine only worked for the first month for me. I would take it as directed but then suddenly the pain came back with a searing vengeance. It may just be me because everything I have tried for the fibromyalgia has done the same thing. There were more side effects on the Savella then on anything else I have taken. It made me lose a lot of weight because I couldn't eat through the nausea, and the hot flashes were horrible. Overall this medicine has seemed to help a lot of people but it wasn't right for me.

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January 14, 2012 12:25 PM
Review by Grandma of 4: User Rating:  
   
10

Savella (milnacipran) for Fibromyalgia: I have tried every medicine and NOTHING worked for my pain. I have been on Savella for a little over a month now and I am almost pain free. Savella has given me my life back! Doctor was very careful when upping the dose so I've just been on the full dosage of 50 mg. Twice a day for a week now. No adverse side effects at all. I am a 56 year old female. The only other medicines I take is my 2 medicines for high blood pressure. My blood pressure is being monitored and so far everything is fine. I highly recommend this. It is a miracle for me.

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January 14, 2012 12:20 PM
Review by Anonymous: User Rating:  
   
7.0

Savella (milnacipran) for Fibromyalgia: I have been taking Savella for 8 weeks now. I was recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia after battling with the symptoms for 4 years. At first, Savella was terrible. I took the titration pack which gradually ups the dose until you get to 50mg twice a day. I wanted to stop after the second day. I was feeling angry, having headaches, nausea, and some vomiting... you name the symptom and I had it. For whatever reason, I pushed through and it gradually become better. I noticed after a week I was waking up with more ease than I had in 4 years and I didn't have the overwhelming fatigue I usually did. The only side effect that I still have is hot flash/sweating. Sometimes it seems unbearable but compared to the fatigue/pain I think I can handle it.

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January 6, 2012 2:05 PM
Review by Carper: User Rating:  
   
10

Savella (milnacipran) for Fibromyalgia: I have been taking Savella for about 3 weeks and it has made such a difference in my life. I felt like I was ready to just give up for the last year it was getting so hard to push through the pain and being tired and sleepy all the time. I went to my doctor and she gave me Savella and gave me my life back. I have suffered no side effects yet and I hope I don't because I haven't felt this good in a very long time. If you haven't tried this please do ...it could change your life.

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December 20, 2011 11:57 PM
Review by djdunfee: User Rating:  
   
9.0

Savella (milnacipran) for Fibromyalgia: I've started Savella a couple months ago. I was previously taking Lyrica and was having weight gain even though I eat really healthy. I also could not lose weight while taking the Lyrica. Since taking the Savella, I have lost 8 lbs since October and I'm not eating any differently than before. The Savella does not make me tired and sleepy like the Lyrica did so I'm enjoying more energy (a definite plus for those of us with Fibromyalgia). I have also discontinued Lyrica, Ultram, Cymbalta, Mirapex and Topamax. I feel that the Savella must be controlling my restless leg syndrome and also helping to control migraines....of course I will keep an eye on these. My only complaint is the hot flashes and I seem to be always hot.

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December 8, 2011 11:01 PM
Review by Anonymous: User Rating:  
   
10

Savella (milnacipran) for Fibromyalgia: I recently had been on Cymbalta and it didn't help me at all. The Savella has really made a difference and I've only been on it for 3 weeks. Loving it, glad I stuck with it and worked my way through the side effects. I haven't felt this good in years.

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November 11, 2011 8:33 PM
Review by Tlclilly: User Rating:  
   
10

Savella (milnacipran) for Fibromyalgia: Before I finished the sample pack, I was calling my Doctor for a prescription. As others I have tried any and all medications. In August the pain was so intense I was unable to bend over, let alone last past 5:00 before having to lay down. There are side effects to all medications, it's all about your attitude, I'm always hopeful when the Doctor gives me something new. Savella is the answer to my prayers, stick it out you will be happy with the results.

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November 11, 2011 7:14 AM
Review by svlady17: User Rating:  
   
10

Savella (milnacipran) for Fibromyalgia: After suffering with fibromyalgia for over 20 years I am so relieved to have found Savella. I took an article I read to the nurse covering for my doctor and she read the reviews and gave me a prescription. I started with 50 mg per day and now take 200mg per day and have been taking it for almost 2 months! Yes, I have had some severe sweats, but they are nothing compared to the pain, depression, etc. I have had for so long. Even after reading the side effects and drug interactions I won't go off of it for anything. It is the first real relief I have had since they decided my pains were real. Dr. had originally put me on Cymballta but I couldn't stand the way it made me feel--first week I was a mess and friends noticed big difference.

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November 9, 2011 4:45 PM
Review by Anonymous: User Rating:  
   
10

Savella (milnacipran) for Fibromyalgia: I am pain free for the first time since I can remember. I have had no side effects although I have been diagnosed with multiple forms of dysautonomia so I am used to my body not making sense! I used to get migraines everyday at 3 am, terrible neck and shoulder pain, burning and tingling in my feet, hands and scalp along with the general other pains associated with fibromaylgia. I am pleased to say that Savella has taken this away by 80%! I will take it!

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November 3, 2011 5:55 PM
Review by flogerber: User Rating:  
   
8.0

Savella (milnacipran) for Fibromyalgia: I have been on Savella for 3 weeks now for fibromyalgia. I have had good results overall. I feel much better. I have debilitating exhaustion much less frequently now. I have made it through entire work weeks, 2 weeks in a row now. I have had a couple of days that I felt almost normal and was able to do things like light housework and laundry after an 8 hour work day! I have had some side effects like headaches, trouble regulating my body temp and heavy duty sweating at times (while my hands and feet are freezing!), and some feelings of skin crawling. Unfortunately I have also experienced some sexual side effects hopefully that will go away. I can live with the other effects.

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October 29, 2011 2:34 PM
Review by yodkanukis69: User Rating:  
   
1.0

Savella (milnacipran) for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome: Horrible side effects. I take 12 different medicines each day and when Savella was added the side effects that occurred were--speech impairment, motor skills were dulled, very dulled, just not myself. Couldn't recognize people, couldn't function normally.

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October 27, 2011 10:10 PM
Review by KAment: User Rating:  
   
8.0

Savella (milnacipran) for Fibromyalgia: This medicine is God sent. I am thankful every day that my doctor was awesome enough to suggest it. I still have golf ball sized knots on my back and would like a back massage 24/7 but who wouldn't! I love it and don't even know if I could continue to get out of bed every day without it.

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October 21, 2011 7:34 PM
Review by Anonymous: User Rating:  
   
6.0

Savella (milnacipran) for Fibromyalgia: I had to stop taking Savella when titrating to 100 mg daily because my normally low normal blood pressure skyrocketed. Just prior to that it caused blurred vision and migraines. I reported the side effects to the FDA. I have a long history of fibromyalgia, 16 spinal disc bulges and herniations, polyarthralgias, arthritis and severe myofascial syndrome. Now, several months later I am willing to try another trial because the Savella is the only thing that helped me. I bought a blood pressure cuff and will monitor my pressure daily and will not go beyond 50 - 75 mg/day if I get relief. Hopeful.

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October 8, 2011 4:40 PM
Review by seren0617: User Rating:  
   
1.0

Savella (milnacipran) for Fibromyalgia: This one caused me to have constant chest pain and barely controllable rage. I've heard it works for some and I am happy for anyone to be able to find relief in whatever way they can. Savella just was definitely not for me.

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September 29, 2011 12:15 PM
Review by MejaneHouston: User Rating:  
   
10

Savella (milnacipran) for Fibromyalgia: I had to write about this awesome medicine. I have been sick for about a year. I couldn't do anything. I had been from doctor to doctor, no one knew what was wrong with me. I went to an awesome rheumatologist, she did a ton of tests and X-rays and waved her magic wand and said I had fribromyalgia. I was so relieved to be diagnosed. She gave me the Savella. Now she is titrating me very slowly. Giving me 2 titrating packs so taking twice as long, 4 weeks. It does have lots of side effects, I agree, but I can walk freely. I can run my own errands. For several hours in a row I actually feel like my old self again. That is worth every side effect. I am losing weight. No complaints here. I love it.

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August 21, 2011 11:25 AM
Review by Anonymous: User Rating:  
   
1.0

Savella (milnacipran) for Fibromyalgia: I tried Savella for about 2 days. I had severe nausea, rapid heartbeat, and horrible hot flashes. It also ran my blood pressure up. Started with a 12.5, then the next day broke the 12.5 in half and still had the same side effects. I have tried everything from Neurontin to antidepressants and I have bad side effects from them all. So as of now all I'm taking is tramadol as needed. I give up on all the other medicines.

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August 6, 2011 7:34 PM
Review by Anonymous: User Rating:  
   
10

Savella (milnacipran) for Fibromyalgia: After years of going to specialists and trying all the medicines listed here, I found help with, of all people my primary care physician, who offered this medication because I stood in front of her crying my eyes out. Savella has brought sanity back in my life with my pinched nerve and spine damage. My pain went from a constant 10 to a 2. I got through the side effects after a week and am so glad I stuck it out. This medication literally saved my life because I was so depressed and out of my mind due to the pain.

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June 29, 2011 2:27 PM
Review by Anonymous: User Rating:  
   
7.0

Savella (milnacipran) for Fibromyalgia: Severe side effects rendered me unable to take ANY of the usually prescribed drugs for fibomyalgia. My Doctor suggested I tried Savella as a last ditch effort to find some relief. She was very up front about easing myself through the titration, suggesting I cut pills in half and take my time getting my dosage up. After reading user postings from several sights I was dreading starting it. Guess what? After the second day of half doses I went to full doses and am now finished with the titration pack. While not a 'miracle' this medication has given me significant improvement with pain and lack of energy. A little dizziness and mild hot flash 30 mins after dosing. My point is that not everyone has such difficulty with it. Don't be afraid to try it.

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June 28, 2011 9:59 PM
Review by Anonymous: User Rating:  
   
3.0

Savella (milnacipran) for Fibromyalgia: I got a titration packet and it relieved my pain within a few hours of taking it. I was so very happy and excited. I slept well. However, on day 3, I started having horrible stomach cramps with it and had to stop it. Now I am trying Lyrica. We'll see how that goes.

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June 26, 2011 2:53 PM
Review by Anonymous: User Rating:  
   
8.0

Savella (milnacipran) for Fibromyalgia: I have just started Savella. Been on it for only two months, but it is helping. My energy level has increased and my "bad days" are not nearly as bad as they used to be. I sweat like crazy, but I will take that over being so exhausted and in pain. I feel more refreshed when I wake up, like I actually slept. I was on Cymbalta before and took the life right out of me. This is a huge improvement for me and I think things are finally looking up.

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June 20, 2011 12:43 AM
Review by Anonymous:

Savella (milnacipran) for Fibromyalgia: I have been on Savella for about almost two weeks now. For the last six years I stumped doctors not knowing what the problem was. New doctor quickly diagnosed it as Fibromyalga. The medicine gives me intense hot flashes but overall the pain has lessened and that's a big relief for me. My doctor has not yet moved me up to 100mg a day yet. She has me on 50mg still after 9th day, I say give it a try. Anything that helps is a A plus in my book.

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May 31, 2011 12:11 PM
Review by Anonymous: User Rating:  
   
9.0

Savella (milnacipran) for Fibromyalgia: I just finished my first week of the starter pack, and I had absolutely no side affects. I take even my vitamins with food, and I think that's the key. I am 51, and have worked out nearly every day since I was 24. The last 4 months I could not even walk around my yard and gained ten pounds. I finally went to the doctor and after a few weeks, I was told it was Fibromyalgia. I never heard of it before in my life. I thought I had bad arthritis. Since starting the Savella, I have been able to do about 15 minutes of a workout before my ankles and back pain start up, but I do notice an improvement. I am very optimistic that this medicine is going to work for me. Reading all these posts has been very helpful to me as well.

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May 17, 2011 8:46 PM
Review by Anonymous: User Rating:  
   
8.0

Savella (milnacipran) for Fibromyalgia: Before Savella: Could hardly walk, ached all over, exhausted all the time, sore hands etc, muscle spasms/contractions, jaw/ear pain. After: muscled contractions/spasms across my abdomen the first two days, really bad; however, no fibromyalgia pain at all. I am on the full dose now. I take a Lexapro in the morning for depression, I take my Savella about an hour later. At bedtime, I take the other Savella. I love it. I would say I feel 85% better most of the time, and have felt 100% better a few days in a row.

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May 3, 2011 9:01 PM
Review by Anonymous: User Rating:  
   
8.0

Savella (milnacipran): I have been taking Savella for about a week now. I have gone this whole week without a headache. WOW. At first, I was waking up in the middle of the night very thirsty, but that has gone away now. I have much more energy than before. One thing that is really bothering me right now is I am extremely bloated.

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