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outofcontrolooutofcontrol Posts: 264
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:50 AM in Pain Medications
The last time I saw my PM doc, he ordered Savella to replace the Cymbalta that I am currently taking.

I know that the Cymbalta helps with pain and depression. I have depression that is off the charts, and I am hoping the Savella will also address that.

I have looked up the information on Savella, and it sounds to me that it is mostly prescribed for Fibromyalgia, and muscle pain. I have never been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia.

Is there newer information available about Savella being used for nerve pain? Has anyone else had this prescribed for anything other than Fibromyalgia?

Right now I am waiting for the doctors office, the insurance company and the pharmacy to get their stuff together so the the prescription. With WC this happens every single month.

Any info that anyone can provide would be appreciated.



  • Hi,

    I was also on Cymbalta, and had to come off after an allergic reaction. My PM doc tried Savella with me because he has been seeing much better pain relief with it over Cymbalta. It is an SNRI, so it is supposed to be more energizing and help with things like memory that can sometimes be troublesome with chronic pain. I do not have fibromyalgia, and I imagine like Cymbalta, it is only a matter of time before Savella gets FDA approval to be marketed for things other than FM. I'm not sure how Savella is for depression (although my doctor did say it should be pretty good for that too), but I know in terms of its pain relief profile it is supposed to be superior to Cymbalta.

    I'd say it's worth a shot. Some people get great results with it, others not so much, but you won't know unless you try. I would also caution you that if you had trouble tapering on the cymbalta, you might have similar issues with the Savella. I had the whole nausea vomiting thing when I first tapered on it, but like with the Cymbalta it went away after a few weeks.

    Good luck!
  • Yes, I will give it a try. at this point, I am willing to try anything.
    Thank you for your response and information!
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