Lyrica
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Jesica

AOL

#1 Aug 15, 2006
Anyone taking Lyrica for pain?
Donna

United States

#2 Oct 9, 2006
My daughter began taking Lyrica for headaches about a month ago and is now very sick. She has arm and leg pain on top of the headache which did get better for a little while....She is so tired she couldn't even spoon some sherbert in a bowl tonight. She is very nauseaus and has diarrhea. She stopped taking the medicine two days ago. We are hoping that the side effects will stop soon. I found out that Lyrica has problems by reading this site http://www.injurytalk.com/t5244-Lyrica.html and others. Our doctor is out of town but she will see him on Thursday as soon as he gets back.
Jen

Mililani, HI

#3 Jun 19, 2007
I was taking Lyrica for RSD. i thought it was a miracle UNTIL my joints started to ache! i stopped taking the Lyrica but my joints still hurt. Anyone else have this problem with Lyrica?

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#4 Jun 20, 2007
Jen wrote:
I was taking Lyrica for RSD. i thought it was a miracle UNTIL my joints started to ache! i stopped taking the Lyrica but my joints still hurt. Anyone else have this problem with Lyrica?
Jen, I just started taking Lyrica yesterday for Neuropathy (nerve damage due to grinding my teeth at night and TMJ) About an hour after taking the first dose, my legs began to cramp and they felt like I walked 3 miles up a flight of stairs!!! My legs still hurt today. I don't know if I should continue to take it or not!?!?!?!?!
Jen

Mililani, HI

#5 Jun 22, 2007
You should talk to your doctor. The official "Lyrica side effects" website list muscle cramps as a frequent side effect, so you may not be imagining your pains. But Lyrica is also the sort of medication that takes a while to build up in your system, so unless you took a high dose to start off with--I am guessing that using it for a day won't necessarily cause the same problems as it would if you used it for several months or a year. In any case, it sounds like you have a different problem-- my joints didn't start to hurt till after about 8 months on the drug, and I don't have muscle cramps.

Let me know how it develops.

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#6 Jun 23, 2007
Jen, you're right. I just started taking is. It's not a very high dose and doc. just gave me a 1 week supply to see how I doo on it. My cordination sucks right nowand I can't remember anything!!! So we'll see how it goes!!
Thanks, I wish you well.
Jen wrote:
You should talk to your doctor. The official "Lyrica side effects" website list muscle cramps as a frequent side effect, so you may not be imagining your pains. But Lyrica is also the sort of medication that takes a while to build up in your system, so unless you took a high dose to start off with--I am guessing that using it for a day won't necessarily cause the same problems as it would if you used it for several months or a year. In any case, it sounds like you have a different problem-- my joints didn't start to hurt till after about 8 months on the drug, and I don't have muscle cramps.
Let me know how it develops.

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#7 Jun 23, 2007
too many typo's!! sorry!!
Anita- Los Angeles

Pearblossom, CA

#8 Sep 21, 2007
Started on Lyrica about 3 weeks ago. Have been having severe memory and concentration problems. I feel like I'm on a mood-altering drug. Quite difficult to function daily. It hasn't done a thing for my numbness and burning in my hand due to a nerve impingement. I feel dizzy, drunk, and unable to think clearly.
Sugar dog

United States

#10 Dec 26, 2007
Jen wrote:
I was taking Lyrica for RSD. i thought it was a miracle UNTIL my joints started to ache! i stopped taking the Lyrica but my joints still hurt. Anyone else have this problem with Lyrica?
Yes. I've taken Lyrica for 2 months and I started having a pain in my knee. Over the last week all my joints began to hurt. I can't put any pressure on my elbows or shoulders. I've also been sleeping over 12 hours a day which is unusual for me. I've gotten very forgetful and have problems concentrating. I'm going back to neurontin which worked better for my nerve pain due to diabetic neuropathy. Fortunately I read postings about other users who've had the same problems and was able to diagnose the source as being Lyrica. Thanks to everyone who have posted.
drohk

United States

#11 Jan 22, 2008
Jen wrote:
I was taking Lyrica for RSD. i thought it was a miracle UNTIL my joints started to ache! i stopped taking the Lyrica but my joints still hurt. Anyone else have this problem with Lyrica?
Stopped taking because of imbalance then pain in my arms and hands started. Hasn't let up for several weeks now. Have you fully recovered yet and for how long have you been off it?
drohk

United States

#12 Jan 22, 2008
Stopped taking Lyrica because of imbalance. Then pain in my arms and hands started. Hasn't let up for several weeks now. Have you fully recovered yet and for how long have you been off it?
jmm

Glendale, AZ

#13 Jan 26, 2008
drohk wrote:
Stopped taking Lyrica because of imbalance. Then pain in my arms and hands started. Hasn't let up for several weeks now. Have you fully recovered yet and for how long have you been off it?
I took lyrica for probably 10 months. I just stopped taking it a week ago. I would have stopped sooner, but it was a miracle drug for reducing my migraines and I did not want to believe it was causing other problems. It was prescribed for nerve pain due to spinal stenosis. I have gained 40 pounds while on it. I had to give most of my business responsibility to others due to not being able to concentrate. I fell several times due to horrible coordination. My joints hurt so bad I could barely bend my knees to sit or get into bed. I thought the joint problem was related to my spinal issues, but I already have seen some improvement. my concentration is better and thankfully, I have already lost 7 pounds. Lyrica is not a medication, it is a poison!
Agnes

East Brunswick, NJ

#14 Jan 26, 2008
Trying Lyrica for fibromyalgia, but I feel worse than ever. Told doc i was having migraines and feeling lousy and he told me I was not taking enough! Painful elbows, shoulders, wrists which is all new and unusual. Dose now at 150 mg total per day, taking 75 mg AM and PM. This does not feel right for me. Any others with similar effects?
Terri

Rochester, NY

#15 Feb 4, 2008
I have been taking Lyric for several months for fibromyalgia. I experienced pins and needles in my left hand and an ache in my left arm. I also had pains in my chest and tightness. My heart was also beating rapidly. Stopped taking this drug. Anyonelse experience these effects?
michele

Park Forest, IL

#17 Feb 14, 2008
Joints are killing me only after taking meds for a couple of weeks
drohk wrote:
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Stopped taking because of imbalance then pain in my arms and hands started. Hasn't let up for several weeks now. Have you fully recovered yet and for how long have you been off it?
christi

Prairieville, LA

#18 Mar 4, 2008
Terri wrote:
I have been taking Lyric for several months for fibromyalgia. I experienced pins and needles in my left hand and an ache in my left arm. I also had pains in my chest and tightness. My heart was also beating rapidly. Stopped taking this drug. Anyonelse experience these effects?
hi teri. i'm on my second day of lyrica and i to have chest pain and tightness. i willnot be taking this drug again.
Carol

Los Angeles, CA

#19 Mar 15, 2008
Re: Lyrica
I'm wondering if I should have an ECG to check my heart, and wondering how many others are having similar problems? I've seen several more on other websites with the anger/depression issue, and a nuber of people with blackouts, breathing, heart and other problems. Too many for my taste!
I've also seena few people who seem to have benefited from it, but seemingly not many at all without side-effects.
I also believe I may have had a grand mal in my sleep (woke up with tongue bleeding), and wonder if the anger/depression thing was a more minor "partial seizure" (something I haven't had in YEARS!)
If you are having problems with this (Or any other medicine for that matter), it's best to talk to your doctor, and you may want to report it to the FDA at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch/ &/or at their 800#. They have a place to make a report on this website.
I haven't posted everything here, but I will to the FDA as I have serious concerns about this medication. I've read about 2 poeple totally their cars on this medicine, as well as one person dricing to the store and making phone calls on a cell phone that were both blacked out and do not recall the events (one drove to the store and didn't recall it until the next day!)
I think this medicine needs further study for safety, as if there are people being prescribed this medicine and driving, it's not only a danger to them, but also to everyone on the road!
It seems to me that this medication may be actually causing some problems it is supposed to relieve.
I will likely not take this medicine again, unless perhaps in a hospital setting, but then probably not after my experience and it taking a few days for the obvious signs and symptoms to go away, I have to wonder about the not-so-obvious signs that I am wondering now if this medicine may have caused damage, and if so, how long will it take to heal (or will I?)
I think this medicine was released without adequate studies, although I AM looking for studies done on this medication pre and post-release to see what I may need to be concerned with, other than those things I already know about.
Does anyone have info about teh studies done on this medication for FDA approval, as well as other studies done pre and post-release of this medicine on the market?
I'm going to try to stick to my old medicines that have been on the market for years and years that are tried, tested and have been on the market long enough to know what the effects, side effects and adverse effects are!
With the little information I have been able to find on studies, I am surprised that this medication was released the way it was, especially since although it seems to be similar to Neurontin, the mechanism of how it works seems to be slightly different AND thus changing voltage, it seems this drug needed further study before its release!
IF you have ANY info on the studies, PLEASE post them here, and on other medical boards for patients so that those of us with medical training can read through them and see what was done!
Seesm to me this drug may have been released without looking into safety issues that were simply not addressed from what I've found thus far.
I've already sent a form to Pfizer through a web site about my reactions. IF the drug companies do not know what's gong on, they can't take appropriate actions to take dangerous medications off the market! We need to let them know how this medicine (and others) are affecting us, positively and negatively!
When I hear from them, I'll try to remember to post what they tell me here and elsewhere!
Bud

Montpelier, VT

#20 Apr 3, 2008
I have had very positive results with Lyrica. Feeling of well being and reduced pain and numbness of my face due to chronic sinuitis. Taking higher doses than prescribed so I run out and it ticks me off. Again I like the drug
SLD

Livermore, CA

#21 Apr 23, 2008
I have been taking Lyrica now for about a month, my joints hurt horribly, never did before. I feel so mellow and foggy headed all day, I can't get anything done and can't remember anything either. I am taking it for periphial neuropathy in hands/arms/feet/legs. It barely takes the edge off the pain and I am going to tell my doctor on Friday that the benefits are not worth the side-effects. I just want to be pain free for 24 hours, since I have been in extreme pain for 18 months now.
LWV

Gwynn Oak, MD

#22 May 11, 2008
I've been taking Lyrica for about four weeks and have am experiencing increasing joint pain. I've also had considerable mood swings, but have attributed them to situations without considering that they may be drug related. My rheumatologist had put me on it about six months ago and I had stopped it because of feeling foggy headed and having driving issues. Taking it at night has taken care of that, but I've never had joint pain like this. Unfortunately, just refilled it. Stopping and hoping for relief.

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