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Terrie B
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   Posted 1/18/2009 12:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I found this on another pain forum and thought I would pass it along. Apparently it came from AOL news...  Curious to hear more about it, for sure.
NEW YORK (Jan. 14) - The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug for management of fibromyalgia, the manufacturers announced.
Savella, the brand name for milnacipran HCl, a selective serotonin and norepinephrine dual reuptake inhibitor, should be available in pharmacies by March, Forest Laboratories Inc. and Cypress Bioscience Inc. said Wednesday in a joint statement.

Until now, treatment has focused on analgesics, such as Tylenol and other acetaminophen painkillers, and sometimes antidepressants or muscle relaxants.
"Fibromyalgia is a complicated chronic pain condition, so it is important that physicians and patients have access to treatments that have been shown to help manage the symptoms that define the experience of fibromyalgia ," Dr. Daniel Clauw, an expert in rheumatology at the University of Michigan, said in the companies' statement.
"The introduction of Savella is important because it is the first drug approved to treat the symptoms of fibromyalgia using a composite responder analysis," he said.
The safety and efficacy of Savella was established in two U.S. clinical trials involving over 2,000 patients with fibromyalgia, the companies said


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   Posted 1/18/2009 12:23 PM (GMT -7)   

Thank you for this information. I am sure that I will be reading more about it in the fibromyalgia network newsletter. When I do, I will also share the information.

I hope that you are having a good day.

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   Posted 1/18/2009 12:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for posting this!  Dr. Clauw is one of the top specialists for fibromyalgia!  I'll be checking this out, for sure!
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   Posted 1/18/2009 12:32 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks Terrie,

I'm always open for a new drug! Maybe it will be something that helps me to get off all of the other one's I am on. That's what I am trying to do now, is talk my Rheumy into taking me off some of my meds. I have gained way too much weight, but he says each one is working on a purpose right now.

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   Posted 1/19/2009 9:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Terrie, it's always encouraging to know there are people out there working on help for us.
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   Posted 1/19/2009 10:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I was in a drug trial for milnacipran. I was definitely not on the placebo. It helped my pain a little and gave me more energy. It didn't help my fibrofog at all. Unfortunately, it made my blood pressure rise a lot so I had to drop out of the study before I could tell if it really helped long term. A friend dropped out of the study for the same reason and she had low blood pressure to start with.

Another friend is still in the study and he loves it. It's given him his life back. He still has pain, fatigue and fog but it is a lot better than before he started the meds.

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   Posted 1/20/2009 2:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Well theirs that other one they're testing right now thats called Xyrem, which sounds very scary. I hope it doesnt get approved cause it sounds like one of those drugs that'll end up being recalled from too many side effects or something like that. And from my understanding Xyrem comes from a central pharmacy that has to be special ordered, but thats when it's prescribed for narcelpsy, so I wonder if you'll be able to get it from a reguluar pharmacy if they approve it for fibro. Cuase as someone with fibro the last thing I'll be able to remember is to order my meds from some other pharmacy thru the mail, I would completly forget, just too much of a hassel for me. It seems like theirs alot of new meds coming out but all of them sound either very wonderful or very scary. I cant wait for these new pain meds that's chemically blended oxycodone (Oxytrex) and morphine together with a naloxone/naltrexone type med to reduce abuse and tolerence, so hopefully doctors will feel a bit more comfortable prescribing pain meds. I just wish these trials would hurry up, but I understand why they cant and I guess It's great that they dont, but yet I have no patience, and as someone that's tried just about everything, I need some new options.

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   Posted 1/20/2009 7:45 AM (GMT -7)   

Just saw Savella will be able to be prescribed in March. 



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   Posted 1/21/2009 12:09 AM (GMT -7)   
I am so thankful for this forum~ I didn't know about this new med and because of you all....i now do. LOL
anyhow....I might ask to try it when it is out. I just hope it doesn't do to me what Lyrica did....(bad for me)
Or I might play it safe and see how others react to it before I ask for it? Ugh, we need a cure for fibro
(impossible, I know) because I think fibro is killing me. :((((
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