Milnacipran belongs to a class of medications called Serotonin / Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitor (SNRI). It treats depression by increasing the amount of certain neurotransmitters that correlate with better mood and feelings of satisfaction and calmness. It is also used for the treatment of fibromyalgia (musculoskeletal pain all over the body).
Milnacipran comes as capsules to be taken by mouth. In the management of depression, the usual oral dose for adults is 50 mg twice daily.
As for fibromyalgia, your doctor may gradually increase the dose up to 50 mg twice daily. Depending on your response to the medication, your doctor may increase it to 100 mg twice daily.
Common dosing schedule:
Milnacipran can be taken with or without food. Take with food to reduce stomach side effects.
Do not drink alcohol as it may worsen your mood and depression.
This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.
Some common medications Milnacipran may interact with:
Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.
In Hong Kong, Milnacipran is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.
For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk
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For detailed information about the use of Milnacipran in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.
Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.