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Review: Celexa and Savella

This review analyzes the effectiveness and drug interactions between Celexa and Savella. It is created by eHealthMe based on reports of 74 people who take the same drugs from FDA and social media, and is updated regularly.

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What are the drugs

Celexa (latest outcomes from 30,642 users) has active ingredients of citalopram hydrobromide. It is used in depression.

Savella (latest outcomes from 3,377 users) has active ingredients of milnacipran hydrochloride. It is used in fibromyalgia.

On Aug, 13, 2014: 74 people who take Celexa, Savella are studied

Celexa, Savella outcomes

Drug combinations in study:
- Celexa (citalopram hydrobromide)
- Savella (milnacipran hydrochloride)

Drug effectiveness over time :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ yearsnot specified
Celexa is effective0.00%
(0 of 1 people)
(0 of 3 people)
(0 of 2 people)
(0 of 1 people)
(1 of 1 people)
Savella is effective0.00%
(0 of 1 people)
(0 of 4 people)
(0 of 1 people)
(1 of 1 people)

Most common drug interactions over time * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ yearsnot specified
Blood Pressure IncreasedTardive DyskinesiaVomitingCognitive DeteriorationHyperhidrosisHeadacheDizzinessSerotonin Syndrome
Serotonin SyndromeBlood Bilirubin IncreasedFibromyalgiaExtraocular Muscle ParesisAtrial TachycardiaHeadache
VomitingBlood Albumin DecreasedHypoaesthesiaHypertensionDyspnoeaHyperhidrosis
HeadacheAspartate Aminotransferase IncreasedMemory ImpairmentSelf Injurious BehaviorFeeling ColdBlood Pressure Increased
MalaiseMicrolithiasisBlood Pressure IncreasedTemperature IntoleranceHeart Rate IncreasedSuicidal Ideation
FrustrationAlanine Aminotransferase IncreasedMigraineMood ChangesHot FlushCompleted Suicide
DizzinessLiver Function Test AbnormalVision BlurredRapid Heart BeatDrug Toxicity
SomnolenceBlood Glucose IncreasedTremorChest PainExtrapyramidal Disorder
Heart Rate IncreasedHiatus HerniaRashSuicidal ThoughtsNausea
HypoaesthesiaPancreatitis AcuteBlisterMalaise

Drug effectiveness by gender :

Celexa is effective14.29%
(1 of 7 people)
(0 of 1 people)
Savella is effective16.67%
(1 of 6 people)
(0 of 1 people)

Most common drug interactions by gender * :

HeadacheSerotonin Syndrome
HyperhidrosisExtrapyramidal Disorder
Completed SuicideMydriasis
Suicidal IdeationChest Discomfort
Blood Pressure IncreasedDyskinesia
Serotonin SyndromeDyspnoea
Heart Rate IncreasedFaecaloma
Drug ToxicityHyperhidrosis
Chest PainMultiple Drug Overdose Intentional

Drug effectiveness by age :

Celexa is effectiven/an/an/an/a0.00%
(0 of 10 people)
(0 of 2 people)
(1 of 2 people)
Savella is effectiven/an/an/an/a9.09%
(1 of 11 people)
(0 of 2 people)
(0 of 1 people)

Most common drug interactions by age * :

n/an/an/aExtrapyramidal DisorderSerotonin SyndromeVomitingHeadacheHeadache
Serotonin SyndromeDrug Screen PositiveFibromyalgiaCompleted SuicideHeart Rate Increased
MydriasisUrticariaHypoaesthesiaHyperhidrosisBlood Pressure Increased
DyskinesiaHyperhidrosisMemory ImpairmentDrug ToxicityHot Flush
LaryngospasmWeight IncreasedAngerChest DiscomfortDizziness
Psychomotor HyperactivityBlood Pressure IncreasedPneumoniaSkin InfectionNausea
Loss Of ConsciousnessDizzinessMigraineMalaiseBack Pain
Multiple Drug Overdose IntentionalFeeling HotVision BlurredSuicidal IdeationTension Headache
Impulsive BehaviourOedemaTremorFatigueHyperhidrosis
Drug ToxicityHypertensionBlood Pressure IncreasedSerotonin SyndromeMuscle Spasms

* Some reports may have incomplete information.

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Comments from related studies:

  • From this study (2 months ago):

  • Have had a headache for three days


  • From this study (3 years ago):

  • I was aware that Savella might cause blurred vision, but am shocked and... incredibly frustrated that the single most helpful ("legal") drug in my battle against fibro is causing such rapid deterioration of my eyesight. In June of 2010, I tested OU(Both eyes) 20/20. within the first couple of months,I experienced the "blurred vision," and not long after awoke to complete blackness. Throughout the day, it slowly returned. My vision began to "come and go," eventually becoming unreliable and requiring glasses. My initial Rx, in November of 2010, was (R eye)od -.75 and -1.0 OS (L eye). Currently, my lenses are (R)od -1.25 and -1.75 OS(L), and are no longer adequate.


  • From this study (4 years ago):

  • Laurie Rogers on Dec, 1, 2010:

    I was put on both of these drugs in October and November of 2010 and suffered from Serotonin Syndrome. I have since been taken off of both. The worst part of the entire ordeal
    was that I was never warned of the risks by my doctor when she handed me the sample pack of Savella, which also did not contain the full prescribing information. A comedy of errors by other people that caused me a lot of unnecessary suffering. I never would have agreed to take this kind of risk because I had just begun treatment, and my doctor and I had not even explored other options.


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Complete drug side effects:

On eHealthMe, Celexa (citalopram hydrobromide) is often used to treat depression. Savella (milnacipran hydrochloride) is often used to treat fibromyalgia. Find out below the conditions the drugs are used for, how effective they are, and any alternative drugs that you can use to treat those same conditions.

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