Does anyone else have problems taking Lyrica?

Jan 8, 2010 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Drkoop.com

Does anyone else have problems taking Lyrica? mmtermite is Living life one hour at a time!! Living With It 48 yr old woman with 2 boys, living on small farm in rual area I am a 48 yr old married woman with 2 boys ages 9 & 13, a mother who... Until last week I had been taking Lyrica.

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lyrica user

Waltham, MA

#1 Feb 12, 2010
in answer to your question YES! lyrica has given me back a large part of my life however, it did give me some side effects that are inhibiting. I find it extremely hard to concentrate at times as if I am in a haze. I tried getting off of the drug by tappering down. The withdrawl effects are out of this world. I now know what junkies must feel like when they are trying to get clean. After a few months I got down to just 25 mgs and thats when all my old Fibromyalgia pains came back. So after being on the drug for a few years, I forgot how bad my pain was before, and let me tell you that the foggy haze is totally worth not feeling all that pain. So long story short I am back on my lyrica, still a little hazy but at least I can enjoy my life again. I hope that this at least helps a little bit. Look up withdrawl and lyrica online you will see how serious it can be. They just came out with a warning that you should not just stop the lyrica because it is an anti seizure medicine and sudden stopping could cause a seizure.
John

San Diego, CA

#2 Mar 20, 2010
I find a good source about Lyrica (Pregabalin)- http://pregabalin.org At this site there is a lot of useful information - how to take, dosage, side effects, description.
Jeff

Annandale, NJ

#3 Mar 20, 2010
I had blurred vision after taking the second pill and it continued to get worse so I had to stop it! Helped with my pain but how the hell you suppose to drive, go to school, and work with blurred vision! some of these side affects are ridiculous; you trade one problem for another!

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Since: Dec 09

I like it.

#4 Apr 16, 2010
I take Lyrica and have had the side effects mentioned above. I have a hard time concentrating, blurry vision and forgetfulness. I just about lost my job because of it. I did finally get disability for my diabetic neuropathy in my feet. So I can just be at home, be a little confused at times and be almost pain free. I messed up and ran out of the Lyrica on a weekend and couldn't get the med refilled till Monday. I will NEVER do that again! The pain was incredible. I'll put up with the side effects.
Sammy

Herkimer, NY

#5 Apr 20, 2010
I was taking Larica. I had severe arm pain from it & stopped it immediately. Weight gain immediately. The dose was at the highest for the drug & wasn't efective for my R.S.D nerve pain. I recommend Methadone & Neurontin. Medications must not be stopped cold turkey.

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Since: Dec 09

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#6 Apr 21, 2010
Have not tried Methadone, but I have taken Neurontin. It worked for a while, but started up again. Inderal didn't work either. The Lyrica has made me gain weight, but the pain is really down. I guess everybody is different. Ultram didn't help either. I will talk to the doc about the methadone. Thanks.
missy

Jacksonville, FL

#7 May 5, 2010
Yes I had many problems with lyrica. At first the dosage was low and i had no problems, no relief either though.. my dr increases it slightly and i felt like a huge fog of intoxication came over me! seriously, i couldnt drive, speak clearly or anything. the pain was still there though.. i had to be weened off of it.. after being off for a few days i felt like a completely different person. I really didnt know how "gone" i was until being off the meds.
I also gained 6 pounds a week and felt even more tired than before. I thank god i was able to notice these changes in my diluted state of mind before i really did something foolish. I can totally understand why they say "can have increased thoughts of suicide" it was like i had completely lost my reasonings while on it. I will never again take that medication.

glad it works for some but was completely awful for me.

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Since: Dec 09

I like it.

#8 May 6, 2010
missy wrote:
Yes I had many problems with lyrica. At first the dosage was low and i had no problems, no relief either though.. my dr increases it slightly and i felt like a huge fog of intoxication came over me! seriously, i couldnt drive, speak clearly or anything. the pain was still there though.. i had to be weened off of it.. after being off for a few days i felt like a completely different person. I really didnt know how "gone" i was until being off the meds.
I also gained 6 pounds a week and felt even more tired than before. I thank god i was able to notice these changes in my diluted state of mind before i really did something foolish. I can totally understand why they say "can have increased thoughts of suicide" it was like i had completely lost my reasonings while on it. I will never again take that medication.
glad it works for some but was completely awful for me.
I'm trying to lower my dosage because I'm taking Curamin for the pain. It's actually a spice, Tumeric that I got from the healthfood store. It does help the pain. But that extremely sharp stabbing pain I get in my hands feet and legs comes back, so I'll probably never get completely off it. That pain is so debilitating I can't deal with it. On a scale of 1 to 10, it's a 50. It's like having surgery without anesthetic. Over and over.

I'm sorry it didn't work for you. Check out the Curamin. It's not a drug, so as long as you're not allergic to it, it's really helpful. My regular healthfood store that carries it said it's their number one seller of everything in the entire store. And they do a booming business. So that tells me it works and it's not a fad. I've been on it 2 weeks and it's really helping. Maybe someday they'll figure out what it is that causes this. But till then, we can always lean on each other. Hope you feel better soon.
missy

Jacksonville, FL

#9 May 6, 2010
missing_goldfish wrote:
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I'm trying to lower my dosage because I'm taking Curamin for the pain. It's actually a spice, Tumeric that I got from the healthfood store. It does help the pain. But that extremely sharp stabbing pain I get in my hands feet and legs comes back, so I'll probably never get completely off it. That pain is so debilitating I can't deal with it. On a scale of 1 to 10, it's a 50. It's like having surgery without anesthetic. Over and over.
I'm sorry it didn't work for you. Check out the Curamin. It's not a drug, so as long as you're not allergic to it, it's really helpful. My regular healthfood store that carries it said it's their number one seller of everything in the entire store. And they do a booming business. So that tells me it works and it's not a fad. I've been on it 2 weeks and it's really helping. Maybe someday they'll figure out what it is that causes this. But till then, we can always lean on each other. Hope you feel better soon.
Thanks for the advice about the spice. I am trying to find more natural ways to help alleviate the pain. I know I am never going to be 100% pain free and i have accepted that. I also sympathize about your stabbing pains. I often get these in my head, along the temples and also my back.. on occasion, my hands and legs get them but not as often. The ones I have near my temples make me want to scream out from the horrendous pain they cause.

I have looked alot of things up and found the st johns wart, 5htp and magnesium in combination 3x daily is supposed to help.
I have been having increased pain this week and have started that up again with the hopes of being consistent for 3 months like the studies say to do. The first time i tried it, it did help with my outlook and gave me more energy to deal with the pain, which that in and of itself was a nice push to have. Unfortunately i ran out of 5htp and stopped a few weeks ago.. now that i have some more i am trying again. all those supplements can be found at your local drug store.

Please feel free to comment here anytime and i will try to update to let you know if my regimen is working, and i will also try to visit my local whole foods to see if they carry the spice.. good luck to you

Since: May 10

Spartanburg, SC

#10 May 7, 2010
I have been taking lyrica for about 3 years with no side effects and great sucess/
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Cobleskill, NY

#11 May 18, 2010
i take lyrica for about a year now. I had side effects of anzity from neuton so had to switch to lyrica. when i take it every day it is great except for the need to nap alot. But living with out the pain and being able to get up and stand straight out weights the side effect.
I am only 36 and have been diagnosed for about 4-5 years now.
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Cobleskill, NY

#12 May 18, 2010
I take lyrica 100mg 2 times a day.. I love it. i can ride a bike, play with the kids.. and all kinds of things..
when i am not on it.. it takes me more then an hour to even get out of bed..
Jack

Wentzville, MO

#13 May 25, 2010
I've been diadnosed with fibro for several years now. I took Lyrica (225mg twice a day) for a few of those years, but had most of the above side effects, especially the weight gain. I talked to my doctor about it and she put me on a different drug, "Gabapentin", which taken with tramadol has worked wonders for me.

As for as the consentration problems, the haziness, and "foggy feeling", remember that many fibro sufferers are afflicted with a symptom known as "Fibro-fog". The symptoms of Fibr-fog are those just listed ver-batem. I know, I've got them full blown and I've done my research on them besides quizzing my doctor.

As always, talk to your doctor and explain EVERYTHING! There's a lot of support group/sites on the internet, just type "fibromyagia" in the search box. You may even find a local support group near you. Hope it helps. Good luck.
John

Urbana, IL

#14 May 27, 2010
When my doctor put me on Lyrica I had really good success from it with one exception. I gained about 30lbs of weight. One thing that I currently take is a antidepressant called Cymbalta. For some reason this medication has some sort of impact on my pain. I have learned over the years that I am going to have to live with it but try to find something that just makes me comfortable. I am convinced nothing is going to take the pain away completely but anything hat helps manage the pain is something I consider a success.

Good Luck

Since: Jun 10

Penticton, BC

#15 Jun 6, 2010
YES, yes and yes.
I agree with all of the comments above and more. I run a non profit organzation for persons with Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue for South Okanagan loosely called SOFA *because that's where most of us end up.
I had 4 age 40 plus females in our group who last year took Lyrica. 3 of them stated things just like the above, and that they yes were without pain for only the first 3 mos and that from month 4 at beginning,just like someone turing a key - the pain came back almost double so they asked to beaken of of it.
Lyrica tv commericals are a joke and should be removed immedately!

Talk to the actual people is what's important as you're doing here.

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Since: Dec 09

I like it.

#16 Jun 6, 2010
I'm sure all medicines work differently for different people, but I've been on the Lyrica for over a year and the pain didn't come back till I tried to decrease the dose. I have blurry vision, I've gained weight and now my feet are swelling, all symptoms of Lyrica. Plus the cost. So what do you do when you've tried about everything and this is all that keeps the pain away? I was taking the Curamin for pain but it didn't take it all away. Then I ran out and didn't have the money to get more. It's just a vicious circle. I have to do something different.

Since: Jun 10

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#19 Jun 14, 2010
I have to say I would rather stick to opiates than lyrica but it's just my opinion. I get really sick on lyrica for some reasons and also get weird dreams.. anyone else had that happen to them?

“Mess with me.”

Since: Dec 09

I like it.

#20 Jun 14, 2010
I get nauseated easily, but I thought it was from another medicine I take. I have some strange vivid dreams, too. I'm going off the Lyrica and trying Cymbalta. Hoping it will take care of the diabetic pain and the fibro pain. Just started weaning off the Lyrica this week, and starting the Cymbalta.
missy

Jacksonville, FL

#21 Jun 15, 2010
Jack wrote:
I've been diadnosed with fibro for several years now. I took Lyrica (225mg twice a day) for a few of those years, but had most of the above side effects, especially the weight gain. I talked to my doctor about it and she put me on a different drug, "Gabapentin", which taken with tramadol has worked wonders for me.
As for as the consentration problems, the haziness, and "foggy feeling", remember that many fibro sufferers are afflicted with a symptom known as "Fibro-fog". The symptoms of Fibr-fog are those just listed ver-batem. I know, I've got them full blown and I've done my research on them besides quizzing my doctor.
As always, talk to your doctor and explain EVERYTHING! There's a lot of support group/sites on the internet, just type "fibromyagia" in the search box. You may even find a local support group near you. Hope it helps. Good luck.
I do suffer from "fibro fog" but it seemed to increase and i could definitely tell a significant difference between my "normal" and the lyrica side effects. I couldnt even read a simple sentence while taking lyrica without having to read it over and over and over until I could move on and finish it. It wasa getting ridiculous. Good point about the "normal fog" feeling, but lyrica produced an overwhelming problem with concentration with me that was getting worse.

“Mess with me.”

Since: Dec 09

I like it.

#22 Jun 15, 2010
missy wrote:
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I do suffer from "fibro fog" but it seemed to increase and i could definitely tell a significant difference between my "normal" and the lyrica side effects. I couldnt even read a simple sentence while taking lyrica without having to read it over and over and over until I could move on and finish it. It wasa getting ridiculous. Good point about the "normal fog" feeling, but lyrica produced an overwhelming problem with concentration with me that was getting worse.
That was my experience, also. It was just getting worse. So now I have run out of Lyrica and am taking Cymbalta. So far, so good.

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