How are you doing with Savella?

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merrygirl
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   Posted 8/19/2009 5:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Been on savella a few weeks. not doing a darn thing for me. Is it helping anyone?

I wonder if I should stop it or try another month. I dont really have the money for a med thats expensive and doesnt work.
 
 
hope its working for someone.
 
melissa
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Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 8/19/2009 5:48 PM (GMT -7)   

 

Miss Melissa!

     Hey Girl! *huggs* Never heard of the medicine. I try to give all new meds a few weeks thou. Then I just call the doctor and leave a message asking for alternatives or other suggestions. shakehead   I would have thought a month would be long enough for a noticable differance? Seems even the "slow starters" (like amitryptaline) only took about 2 weeks or so to get relief and "be comfortable" with effects?

I wish it had helped you more! 

*warm huggs!*

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Stella Marie
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   Posted 8/19/2009 6:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I wish I could help but I am not familiar with that medication. What is if for and am who Rx.ed it for you? If you feel like the medication is not working, I would contact the doctor immediately.

Keep us posted.

Stella Marie

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merrygirl
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   Posted 8/19/2009 6:26 PM (GMT -7)   
savella is the 3rd drug approved for fibromyalgia. It is supposed to help pain. It is a SNRI, and my pain doc rx'd it.

I had a lot of side effects in the beginning, I would hate to go through all that for nothing.
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Stella Marie
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   Posted 8/19/2009 11:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Savella is the third drug to win FDA approval as a fibromyalgia treatment. The first two were Lyrica (pregabalin) and Cymbalta (duloxetine). Savella, an SNRI, is new to the U.S. but has been on the market in several countries as an antidepressant for more than a decade.

Stella Marie

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Dagger
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   Posted 8/20/2009 5:36 PM (GMT -7)   
A few weeks may not be enough time for big changes. If you haven't noticed an improvement after about 6 weeks, then you might consider stopping the Savella. Talk to your doc and see when he/she expects you to see benefits.

I have a friend that's been on it for over a year (he was in the clinical study) and he noticed improvements very early in the study. At the end of the study, they took some people off the drug without telling them. He was one of the ones that got switched and he was in agony in less than a week.

PAlady
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   Posted 8/20/2009 9:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Although I'm not yet familiar with this particular medication, SNRI's (or any similar medication) may need a dosage adjustment if you're not noticing any change after a few weeks. It's very common for doctors to start you at the lowest dose, and often that may not be subtherapeutic. So ask your doctor about if a dosage adjustment may be needed. Better yet, since it's relatively new in the states, I'd go directly to the website set up by the pharmaceutical company and read through the information so you can see what doses are recommended, etc. I realize that's a long thing to read, but you will learn, and it may be the only good way to learn about a new medication.

Good luck!

PaLady

LLPLUV
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   Posted 8/23/2009 4:55 PM (GMT -7)   
My husband was put on it and the first few weeks he almost stopped talking it.  The insomnia, increased heart rate, shaking and a few other things but he is sticking it out.  He was also put on Ryzolt which now he can't tell which one is the one helping???  I also take the Ryzolt and would never stop!  For me its a wonder drug with percs for BT pain.
 
I'm happy my hubby is at least taking something for his Fibro..
 
I wish you luck and hope you find more information on the med
 
Laurie
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