Savella is a selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI), similar to some drugs used for the treatment of depression and other psychiatric disorders. So far, it is only approved to treat Fibromyalgia and not depression. In my case, I have not noticed any change in my attitude. The fast heart rate is listed as a serious side effect, but my Rheumatoligist didn't seemed concerned. That only happened a few times. He did say it would increase my energy, which it did at the beginning, but not as much anymore. I think the energy increase has something to do with the way it works in the brain. I am still not on the highest mg yet, so I don't think I am experiencing all of the benefits it could give me.
It decreases my muscle pain and that horrible intense pain I used to get. It has gotten me moving around again. Before, I was mostly stuck in bed. It seems to have puttered out a little for me but I think if I increase the dosage, I will benefit more from it. I don't think I am ready to throw in the towel just yet.
Let me know if you do give it a try.
Lyme disease, Fibromyalgia, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Adrenal Fatigue, Rheumatoid Arthritis(Just diagnosed)
Prescription Meds: Savella, Tramadol, Hydrocortisone, Plaquenil
Supplements: Thyro-complex, Magnesium, Calcium, Potassium, Folic Acid, Fish Oil, Vitamin C, Probiotics, GI Repair, Vitamin D 50,000IU and Joint Supplement
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