PRESCRIBED FOR: Milnacipran is used for the treatment of pain associated with fibromyalgia. In studies of adults (18-74 years old), milnacipran provided better pain relief than placebo (sugar pill). Some patients may experience relief as early as 1 week after treatment begins.
DOSING: The recommended starting dose is 12.5 mg once a day, then 12.5 mg every 12 hours for days 2 and 3, then 25 mg every 12 hours for days 4 to 7, then 100 mg twice a day thereafter.
- The maximum dose is 200 mg per day.
- It may be administered with or without food, but food improves the ability to tolerate this medication.
- This drug has not been studied in the pediatric population (under age 18).
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Milnacipran should not be used in combination with a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) such as phenelzine (Nardil), tranylcypromine (Parnate), isocarboxazid (Marplan), and selegiline (Eldepryl), or within 14 days of discontinuing the MAOI. At least 5 days should be allowed after stopping milnacipran before starting an MAOI. Combinations of SNRIs and MAOIs may lead to serious, sometimes fatal, reactions including very high body temperature, rigidity, rapid fluctuations of heart rate and blood pressure, extreme agitation progressing to delirium and coma. Similar reactions may occur if milnacipran is combined with antipsychotics, tricyclic antidepressants or other drugs that affect serotonin in the brain (for example, tryptophan and sumatriptan [Imitrex]).
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