LYRICA: FDA Approved Drugs and User Comments

User Comments:

For Fibromyalgia “I have suffered with Fibromyalgia for over twenty years and when Lyrica was recommended for use by FM patients, my life changed drastically. Actually, the first time I tried it, the dosage at 75mg/day wasn’t nearly enough to tell any difference. Then my doctor bumped it to 75mgX3/day and that did it. I got off the couch, but ate everything in sight. I decided I would rather have a few extra pounds and have a life, than not take Lyrica. Last year, my new Doctor switched my Rx to 150mgX2/day and I’m feeling even better! I have taken the weight off bc I’m so much more active now. Seriously, if Lyrica wasn’t available in the US, I’d move to where it was!”

JFred (taken for 10 years or more) March 8, 2018

For Fibromyalgia “This takes time to feel the results but it did work for me. I tried other ones but no luck. Thx”

Jannette (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 6, 2018

For Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy “I have had diabetic neuropathy severe leg pain for 15 years. One year ago I started with Lyrica and it only helps fully if I take it with my Tramadol that I was previously on. Taking those two together gives me about 95% pain relief. Before starting Lyrica and tramadol I had been on gabapentin which after 3 years stopped working for me at all. As far as lyrica side effects I had immediate weight gain and increase in appetite and swollen feet legs hands face and fingers but I guess that’s the price I had to pay because without the pain relief I finally received I would have soon killed myself.”

Kimmyj March 5, 2018

For Neuropathic Pain “I’ve been on lyrica for 12yrs and it still works great for me. I’m on 300mg 2x a day. Side effects are crave sweets, sleepiness, can’t find words sometimes and short term memory is off sometimes. My neuropathy in hands and feet/legs is so much better on this drug, I almost don’t believe the people who say it don’t work cause it dose very well. It helps with opiate withdrawal as well. Lyrica has a severe withdrawal though. I’ve just been so pleased with the pain decrease from lyrica.”

Shelly (taken for 10 years or more) February 28, 2018

For Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy “I take 100 mg three times daily (TID) for diabetic neuropathy. I find while it lowers the pain, pins and needles, and burning sensation a good deal, it doesn’t eliminate them. I’ll take any improvement though. I previously took opiates which had about the same pain control but I developed tolerance, dependence, all the baggage that comes with opiates.I also tried gabapentin, which worked at high doses, but seemed to work sometimes but not others. It also took 2 hours or so to take effect. Lyrica is nearly instantaneous and reliable. It does make me “high” or “drunk” after taking it, sort of like marijuana mixed with benzos, but milder. It does mess with my short term memory and makes me clumsy. It also blurs my vision a bit. I’m still mostly functional though. Overall it’s an ok tradeoff; moderate side effects for good pain control.”

GoodMojo (taken for 6 months to 1 year) February 18, 2018

For Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy “I’m 52 with a good deal of diabetic neuropathy, mainly stabbing pain, occasionally burning or feeling frozen, like frostbite. I tried Gabapentin first, which was moderately effective. My doctor suggested Lyrica, which was only slightly better than Gabapentin. However, the Lyrica was effective enough @ 100 mg TID. Lyrica has a calming effect, and provides me a mild mood boost. It’s nowhere near as powerful as opiates though for pain control though. I also accidentally discovered it all but eliminated opiate withdrawal. I was still restless, brain dead, and exhausted for a week, but almost all the other awful symptoms I had been through before in pain med withdrawal never materialized. Unwelcome side effects for me have been feeling “drunk” with blurred vision for a couple of hours after taking it. I’ve also stopped and restarted it, without major withdrawals. I know some people have significant withdrawals from Lyrica, but I’ve not experienced that.”

Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year) February 16, 2018

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