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How does Savella work to treat fibromyalgia?

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With fibromyalgia, you may have a lower threshold for pain. Experts believe this may be because of changes in your nervous system. This could result from the wrong levels of neurotransmitters -- chemicals in your brain.

Savella allows more of these neurotransmitters to travel from neuron to neuron. It's not exactly clear how Savella works. But increasing levels of neurotransmitters may ease pain and lessen fatigue, or help with memory. But not all these benefits have been tested in humans.

From: Savella for Fibromyalgia Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 10, 2019

Medically Reviewed on 9/10/2019

SOURCES:

WebMD Health News: "FDA OKs Fibromyalgia Drug Savella."

Stahl S.M. Cambridge University Press, 2007. Essential Psychopharmacology.

Johns Hopkins: "New Drug Approved for the Treatment of Fibromyalgia."

FDA: "Drug Approval Package: Savella."

Okea, R.  October 15, 2010. Am Fam Physician.

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 10, 2019

SOURCES:

WebMD Health News: "FDA OKs Fibromyalgia Drug Savella."

Stahl S.M. Cambridge University Press, 2007. Essential Psychopharmacology.

Johns Hopkins: "New Drug Approved for the Treatment of Fibromyalgia."

FDA: "Drug Approval Package: Savella."

Okea, R.  October 15, 2010. Am Fam Physician.

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 10, 2019

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