Friday, May 29, 2009

Yet another newly approved drug.

"Savella, the third medicationapproved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of fibromyalgia, is now available by prescription."

It says, "Savella was approved by the FDA on January 14, 2009 for the management of fibromyalgia, a chronic condition characterized by widespread pain and decreased physical function that afflicts as many as six million people in the United States. Savella is a dual-reuptake inhibitor that, in-vitro, preferentially blocks the reuptake of norepinephrine with higher potency than serotonin, two neurotransmitters thought to a play a central role in the symptoms of fibromyalgia"

and then of course it came with paragraphs and paragraphs of potential side effects, including suicidial thoughts and bla bla bla.....

To boost serotonin levels, exercise. if you exercise, you don't have side effects. you may be a bit sore but that actually strengthens your muscles in the long run. you will lose weight, you will feel better about yourself, which will boost your serotonin levels even further, and you will keep wanting to exercise to keep it up. THAT IS ALL I CAN SAY ABOUT SEROTONIN LEVELS.

I'm all about fibromyalgia gaining recognition in the medical community, and i know there are people who definitely need the help of prescription drugs to mitigate the pain. with or without prescription drugs, EXERCISE. if you take prescription drugs, exercise to counteract the potential side effects of these drugs. many of these drugs have weight gain as a side effect too, which totally defeats the purpose of taking these drugs because if you get heavier, your muscles and joints will be in more pain from lugging all that weight around. Move around, use your body, make it do what it was made to do - MOVE.

sorry if i sound pushy and frustrated. I am quite frustrated indeed. a day like today i wish there was a magic pill that would take my pain away. But i know, from my experience, is that the only thing that will take my pain away without further consequences is - well several things, are - time, eating clean, sleeping well, moving around/stretching and keeping my smile and positive attitude. It takes a bit more work than popping a pill. That is the bottom line. We have to WORK for our well-being. this one-pill/one-trick will solve all attitude has got to just go away in its entirety.


Anonymous said...

Minnie, you aren't being pushy, just telling the truth. I was in a car accident in 2002 and have a titanium bracket and fusions in my neck and a blown L4-5. To say the least, my body isn't the same and FMS Complex set in. I am currently in training and am NOT on one single medication. I have learned my body's limits and have trained myself to live with the pain instead of turning to drugs, which are NOT natural to your body. My quality of life is much better now and if and when the pain begins to get bad, I use XS Tylenol on a every 4 hour regimen and may go into the hot tub or just stay with a stretching routine. Although learning (w a pro) how to use positive cognitive thinking as a form of pain management was the best thing to do!

small town small times said...

I think drug companies have found a new way to sell more SNRI's. And as such, we will be hearing a lot abouthtem and a lot more about fibromylgia.These drugs should only be taken with extreme caution and in my own opinion, dispensed ONLY by a psychiatrist well-versed in psychotropic drugs.

That being said, my fibro was most likely caused by chronic stress and depression/anxiety. Once I started taking an SSRI (not the new SNRI's), my life completely changed. My pain perception is 80% better and my ability to handle the pain is remarkably better.

But I do exercise and eat well and as a result, I feel so much better. Some days, I forget I even have this hideous condition.

My point is, all cases should be made on an individual basis with great skeptisim for newly marketed drugs. Be respectful of them, incorrectly dispensed they are incredibly dangerous. Correctly given - they can be life-chaning.

Minnie S. Lee said...

thank you for your comments! I wholeheartedly agree with both of you - discretionary prescription and intake of medication combined with proactive pain management are key! Recently i have come across an email from a woman who spends most of her income on various kinds of prescription meds, and is completely incapable of having a normal life. It angered and saddened me so much that the only option she was given were those medications. What a waste of money and waste of a wonderful human being that can live a much better life!