Savelle vs methadone
Savella - I have finromyalgia had for 13 years I take methadone would savelle bd better?
Added 13 Dec 2011:
I have had fibromyalgia for 13+ years been on lots of different pain meds.have been on methadone for over a year now would savelle be better?
Hi Jami45, & welcome to the site. There are really good drugs out there that work on the pain of fibromyalgia rahter than methadone. I am a case in point. You have not listed what other meds you have tried either, so I hope in answering your question this is not useless info for you. I was put on methadone in 2001 because they thought the normal med I was taking for pain of all sorts including fibromyalgia, Vicodin, was causing me to have high liver enzymes. Some brilliant ( NOT) pain doctor thought methadone was the answer for all my combined pain problems because in his opinion methadone was easier on the liver. Seven years later, they find out it's not my liver, but common bile duct & surgery fixed the problem. I was told I could go back on regular pain meds like the 4 to 6 hours pain meds because they were not the problem in the first place. I tell you all this because after starting at 5 mg of methadone after 7 years with no pain relief for the constant side liver area pain I was having they had m e at a dose of 150mg. To make a switch I had to wean down to just 10mg of methadone. You do not list what dose you are at, but you will have to wean down from it or taking these other or you may not be able to tell if the meds like Savella, or gabepentin, or I take Lyrica which to me is a wonder drug. It almost totally takes away my fibromyalgia pain. It as all drugs has it's side effects too, & so will Savella. Now I have many chrontic pain issues besides fibro so I do also take oxycodone too, but it doesn't seem to touch the fibro pain. I was on 75mg of Lyrica 3 times a day, one in the AM & 2 at bedtime. I got blurry vision so bad I could hardley see, & started a water retention problem I weaned off of it, & all side effects disappeared, but the fibro pain cme back with a vengence. After one solid week of not sleeping one wink I gave in & took one pill. I slept 3 solid hours, & when I awoke had no fibro pain. Cleaned the house, Christmas shopped til after 5PM, & made dinner that night. I don't do these things on a normal basis. I have stayed at one pill a day with no side effects & see my doctor on Friday to see what they want to do. Lyrica & gabepentin which my husband takes, are seizure drugs they have found helps with chrontic pain. Savella is developed specifically for fibromyalgia, but in my opinion you should try the others first. Sorry this is so long, just wanted you to have an understanding of what they are using now instead of methadone. Not know what your dose of methadone a day isn't helpful. could you clikd on the comment section of your question & add that, plus what else you have tried? I am including the link on Savella for you. I hope this helps, & wish you the best...
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