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What should I know about milnacipran before taking it?

Before taking milnacipran, you should provide your doctors with your complete medical history, including any medications or supplements you are taking, and any medical conditions you have or have ever had.

It is important to notify your doctors if you have, or have a history of, the following medical conditions: high blood pressure; fast heart rate; heart disease; liver disease; kidney disease; seizures; epilepsy; bipolar disorder; bleeding disorder; glaucoma; enlarged prostate; allergy to aspirin; allergy to yellow food dye; suicidal thoughts; heavy alcohol use.

It is important to tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding, pregnant or plan to become pregnant before taking milnacipran. The FDA has classified milnacipran as a pregnancy Category C drug, meaning that it is not known whether the medication poses a risk to the fetus. Inadequate studies exist regarding whether milnacipran passes through a woman's breast milk to her baby, and so you should discuss first with your doctor potential effects on the baby before breastfeeding while on the medication.

Milnacipran is part of the class of drugs called serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, or SNRI. SNRIs are used to treat individuals with depression and psychiatric disorders. There may be an increased risk of suicidal thoughts in individuals taking SNRI antidepressants. You should also note psychiatric symptoms, such as changes in behavior, anxiety, aggression, agitation, panic attacks, mania or sleeping troubles.

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