Idea for starting new medications

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   Posted 8/17/2009 6:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I had to stop savella this weekend due to a high heart rate and it got me thinking. I knew the possible side effects of the medication before I started it so I knew what was going on. My problem was it was the weekend, I was having withdrawals without the savella and I didn't know if I could restart my Lexapro or how to restart it. I had horrible symptoms all day yesterday and today. After talking to my dr around noon today I restarted my lexapro and within about three hours the withdrawal effects subsided. If I had developed a plan of action with my dr before this happened I could have saved myself a miserable weekend. 
Some of you may already do this, but as sensitive as we all are to medications we should be prepared for side effects with our specific health conditions in mind. Next time, if there is a next time  :-) , I am going to make sure I know exactly what to do with the most common side effects of a medication!
Hope everyone else on savella is doing well and having less pain!
Fibro dx 2004, RLS, raynauds

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   Posted 8/17/2009 8:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Upbeat!

That is a wonderful idea and thank you for being so thoughtful and posting it. I would imagine nearly everyone on here could possibly benefit from your experience. I was wondering if the withdrawal was even more severe if you could have gone to an ER and gotten that information. But it's not easy nor comfortable going to a strange doctor who has no idea who you are nor how you react to medications. I have had to stop new medication shortly after doc prescribed it but at least I didn't have withdrawal, but we should always as our doc and learn all we can about the pills we take. Even some of the mildest medications are mighty powerful!

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