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Old 07-07-2010, 03:45 PM   #1
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Scared of Savella

Hello all,

My doctor today gave me a 14 day starter pack of savella. I am already taking
wellbutrin 150 mg, lexapro 20 mg, trazodone 200 mg, tramadol 200-400 mg, atenolol 25 mg and hydrochlorathiazide (sp) unsure of the dose? Is adding savella to that asking for trouble??? I am afraid of serotonin syndrome? Any thoughts??

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Re: Scared of Savella

I would discuss all the meds you are on with your doctor and it wouldn't hurt to ask your pharmacist too!

I am on :
100-mg Savella 2x a day
10-mg Amatryptaline 1x a day
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Re: Scared of Savella

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Hello all,

My doctor today gave me a 14 day starter pack of savella. I am already taking
wellbutrin 150 mg, lexapro 20 mg, trazodone 200 mg, tramadol 200-400 mg, atenolol 25 mg and hydrochlorathiazide (sp) unsure of the dose? Is adding savella to that asking for trouble??? I am afraid of serotonin syndrome? Any thoughts??

Thanks a bunch

Sandra
It sounds like trouble waiting to happen. Why would your doctor give you four different anti depressant meds? I tried all of them you have listed. I had a doctor who tried the multiple drugs at the same time and then added Ambian. But that was only two drugs. I was like a Zombie. he told me it will take a few weeks to get use to the side effects. Well they got worse. I almost ran into a parked car, I could barely remembe I was even driving and I stopped taking them. Savalla has been around in Europe for the past 10 years under the name milnacipran. I did not like it. Wellbutrin does the opposite of Lexapro and Trazadon as far as their effects on seretonin in the body. So I don't get that at all. The Tramadol and the high blood pressure meds should be ok with Savalla. I do not like the dopey feeling Lexapro, Zoloft, Elival, etc gave me. So I stopped them all and take Tramadol everyday and Provigil whenever my fibro fog or fatigue get bad.
I would not mix all those meds together.

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Re: Scared of Savella

Ok, spoke to a pharmacist today and he told me the only drug that would interact seriously with the savella is the tramadol, which isn't helping the pain anyway so I may as well stop that, I do notice the savella helps sleep. That I definitely need. Gonna try it and keep a tight eye on my BP.

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Re: Scared of Savella

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Re: Scared of Savella

Thanks!! I will keep posting!! I hope it works..

 
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Re: Scared of Savella

Good Morning all,

Day 2 of Savella. I cut out the tramadol, took my trazodone (100mg) and day 2 evening pill of the Savella. Slept from midnight to 7. Relatively pain free. A big jittery but not bad. I am going to try and get laundry done today. I am really hoping this works so I can get on with my life...

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Re: Scared of Savella

Savella update: Midnight last night lying in bed trying desperately to sleep, my heart rate at rest is over 100. Palpitations, shortness of breath...I am definitely NOT staying on the savella. I am really bummed, I had one fairly good day..The pain is back tenfold. I am glad this drug works for some. Scared the heck out of me..

 
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Re: Scared of Savella

You know, if day 1 was good and day 2 was bad, maybe you just need a lower dose.

 
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Re: Scared of Savella

I was wondering that, but it is the lowest dose in the titration package.
I am terrified to take it again, totally scared the daylights out of me..

 
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Re: Scared of Savella

Toolgirl,

The hart palps is a side effect of the Savella, and should go away. But I would contact your doctor to discuss thyis issue to see how they want to handle this.

I personaly did not get the hart palps from the Savella, I already deal with hart palps with out it unfortunately, but what I realy suffered with was dizzyness, feeling like an almost being high?? Also SEVERE SWEATTING!! I mean it was pouring off me!!! I hung in there and kept taking it..it is now over a year since I have been on it and YES it has helped me..BUT I have been going into ALOT of flares lately..don't know why. BUT I will say I am alot better on the Savella then being off the Savella.

Again its your body you should decided, but at least speak to your doc about it too!!
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Re: Scared of Savella

My doctor is putting me on gabapentin at an increased dose. Hopefully it will work because at the lower dose it did nothing. But from what I understand you can go quite high on the milligrams. So instead of 200 mg per day she is upping to 600 mg per day divided into three doses. And since I don't have insurance she is looking into a sleep medicine that I can get fairly inexpensively. I understand it is just trial and error until the right mix of meds finally works..

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