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Milnacipran is used in the treatment of depression and diabetic nerve disease

How it works

Milnacipran works in depression by increasing the levels of chemical messengers in the brain that helps in regulating mood.

Common side effects

Nausea, Decreased appetite, Sleepiness, Increased sweating, Constipation, Insomnia, Dizziness

Available Medicine

Expert advice

  • Take Milnacipran only as directed by your doctor. Do not take it more often or for a longer period of time. 
  • You may have to take Milnacipran at least for 4 weeks or longer before you begin to feel better. 
  • Do not discontinue the use of Milnacipran, unless the doctor has advised you. This may increase the chances of side effects.
  • Milnacipran should be taken with food to minimize the chances of an upset stomach. 
  • Avoid driving after taking as it may cause drowsiness, blurred vision, dizziness and confusion. 
  • Avoid consuming alcohol when taking Milnacipran, it may cause excessive drowsiness and calmness. 
  • Milnacipran may cause a higher risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviour changes. 
  • Milnacipran causes sleepiness, so it's good for people who have trouble sleeping (insomnia).

Frequently asked questions


Q. Is Milnacipran addictive?
Milnacipran does not cause addiction

Q. Is Milnacipran narcotic?
Milnacipran is not a narcotic

Q. Is Milnacipran a generic or a controlled substance?
Milnacipran is a generic and not a controlled substance

Q. Does Milnacipran cause weight loss?
Milnacipran may cause this side effect. Call your doctor if you experience any unusual problems during your treatment.

Content on this page was last updated on 23 January, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)