Savella - "personal" side effects...

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   Posted 9/28/2009 11:50 PM (GMT -7)   
This is verging on too much info, I think, but I have to ask.

Has anyone on Savella had sexual side effects? I have almost NO sex drive at all anymore. Being 21 years old, I had a very healthy sex drive until now. I don't want to have to stop taking the Savella just because of this since it has really helped the fibro and this is my ONLY side effect (really!)... I guess I have to decide which is more important to me?

I've been on Savella about two months now and the problem only increased over time. I do not know what to do about this. Moral support is appreciated!
Diagnosed with fibromyalgia February 2008, dysthymia January 2009.
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   Posted 9/29/2009 3:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Ms Kitty- I have not been on savella, but I have experienced the side effect you describe with a couple of anti-depressants. I found that a 'zest' in my life slid away within a few weeks of taking the drug [I am specifically talking about Zoloft and Prozac]. I am sorry that you are having this trouble; but I am glad that you are feeling better. Definitely talk with your doc about this. Let me say this- a low [or no] sex drive doesn't have to equate to a no sex life :) Physical intimacy between partners is good, and can include many things. Talk it over with your partner, and play on!
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   Posted 9/29/2009 9:22 AM (GMT -7)   
yes, decreased libido is a side effect of that class of antidepressants. i take effexor and have no desire for sex. it also makes it harder to achieve orgasm so its not just desire thats affected.
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   Posted 9/29/2009 9:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm so sorry you are having this side effect. I agree with Sera about talking with your doctor.
You should not have to choose between having a sex drive and not having pain.

I am 57 and taking savella. I still have my sex drive, I only wish I wasn't so exhausted!

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 Disc Disease, Hypertension, Migraines and Pseudothrombocytopenia MEDS: Methotrexate, Savella,Flexeril,Diltiazem, Boniva, Vitamins 

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   Posted 9/29/2009 1:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kitty,

I had that problem with paxil. I had the drive, just couldn't get to the O. It was very frustrating, needless to say I went off of it. I consider sex to be a very important part of life, but it isn't easy with fibromyalgia.

I hope that you find a solution.

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   Posted 9/29/2009 2:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I had that problem with Cymbalta. With Lexapro I had NO O for exactly 30 days and then BAM, it was right as rain!!! With Cymbalta, it was just like you explained, just slowly crept up on me and my desire faded and eventually poofed out. Wth Cymbalta I could rarely achieve O. It was awful. I went off Cymbalta because I had more side effects than benefits. I'll tell you, I have been off for a few months now and am still not back to normal.. UGH

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   Posted 9/29/2009 2:56 PM (GMT -7)   

I realize this can be a very difficult problem at your age. I had a very healthy sex drive when I first met my dh, in my early 20s. It soon faded though, after the novelty wore off. Most of our married life was very tame, and trust me I felt very bad for him (We have 4 children, and I rarely had sex after they were conceived, or while I breast fed). Now, I wasn't on any scripts then, didn't have fibro. Then, in my mid 30s, my drive came back. I got fibro in my late 30s, with a prescription for anti depressants. I do find that my script has... ah... made me less lubricated, and also less inclined to start anything. But I have a very open relationship with my dh. What I have found was, 'you don't use it, you lose it.' He makes sure I don't lose it, and it is very enjoyable. when my fibro flares, he does leave me alone. But otherwise, he keeps pressing me. (Just like for marriage, when I think back!) And I try to keep an open mind and make it 'a duty' at times. I may not feel like it at first, but then it gets better. And it is true, the more you do it, the more you want it. The most important thing is to have an open relationship and have conversations with your S/O.

Good luck!
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   Posted 9/29/2009 7:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Right now the only side effects I can think of is the increased pulse rate and my vision has been kinda iffy today. I know I've had some pretty explicit dreams but the loving husband was at work so it wasn't like I could do anything about it.
Zanaflax, Savella, Seroquel, ambien and occasionally a pain killer
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   Posted 10/2/2009 5:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been on savella for about 6 months and I had the same proublem when I started taking it. It has seemed to get better over the last month or so. I have also added vitamins every day, gensing and vitamin D. It seems to help. All I did was add vitamins the promoted energy and iron and D and calcium. Don't give up it will get better.
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