Have you seen an ad for Lyrica recently and wondered if you might benefit from taking it? Before you make an appointment with your doctor, here is some information about Lyrica, what it’s used for, and reviews from actual users so you can decide whether or not you should talk to your doctor about using it as part of your treatment plan.
Keep in mind that Lyrica isn’t appropriate for everybody, and this article should not act as a substitute for a conversation with your doctor.
What is Lyrica?
Lyrica is a prescription medication that calms damaged or overactive nerves to reduce pain. While scientists aren’t certain how Lyrica works, it may do so by reducing “extra” electrical signals sent out by damaged nerves in the body.
Individual results vary, but pain relief may be experienced in as little as one week. More than 9 million people have been prescribed Lyrica since the FDA approved it in 2007, but it isn’t appropriate for everyone.
What is Lyrica Prescribed For?
Lyrica is US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved to treat:
- Fibromyalgia (chronic pain all over the body)
- Diabetic nerve pain
- Pain associated with diabetic peripheral neuropathy (pain in the feet and hands from damaged nerves caused by diabetes)
- Spinal cord injury nerve pain
- Pain after shingles
- Partial onset seizures in adults with epilepsy (alongside other seizure medications)
The frequency and strength of Lyrica will vary depending on your condition, how well it works, and how many side effects you experience. Dosage usually starts at 150 mg taken per day split between 2-3 doses and may increase to as much as 600 mg per day.
Lyrica Side Effects
Like all medications, Lyrica may cause side effects. These may be temporary and go away as your body gets used to the medication, or they may last until you stop taking the medication.
The most common side effect of Lyrica is dizziness, which affected 30% of all users in scientific studies. The next most common side effect of Lyrica is sleepiness, which affected 23% of users.
Other side effects of Lyrica may include:
• Dry mouth
• Weight gain
• Bloating or gas
• Swelling in hands or feet
• Balance disorder
• Difficulty concentrating
• Memory problems
• Back pain
• Increased appetite
• Muscle twitching
• Speech problems
• Blurred vision
• Exaggerated feeling of happiness or wellness
• Suicidal thoughts (only occurs in about 1 in 500 people)
Lyrica may also cause allergic reactions. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following side effects or allergy symptoms after taking Lyrica:
• Difficulty breathing
• Swelling of the face, mouth, lips, gums, tongue, throat, or neck
If you intend to stop taking Lyrica, you should talk to your doctor, who will likely reduce your dose slowly. Stopping Lyrica suddenly may cause effects like:
What to discuss With Your Doctor First
Lyrica isn’t right for everybody. It can interact with some medications or medical conditions. Tell your doctor:
• All medications (including OTC), supplements, and vitamins you take
• Have kidney problems or get kidney dialysis
• Have or have had mood problems, depression, or suicidal thoughts or behavior
• Have a low blood platelet count or a bleeding problem
• Have heart problems, including heart failure
• Have abused prescription medications, alcohol, or street drugs in the past
• Have ever had swelling of your mouth, gums, tongue, face, neck, lips, or throat
• Plan to father a child
• Are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding
If you take:
• An angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor, which is used to treat many conditions, like high blood pressure.
• Avandia (rosiglitazone), Avandamet (contains rosiglitazone and metformin), or Actos (pioglitazone), which are used for diabetes.
• Any narcotic pain medicine (like oxycodone), tranquilizers, or medicines for anxiety (like lorazepam).
We’ve compiled a list of recent reviews of Lyrica from actual users to help you get a better idea about the experiences people have taking it. Keep in mind that your results may vary. The positive and negative reviews here should be used as conversation starters with your doctor about why you feel like you would benefit from Lyrica or any fears you have about starting or stopping the medication.
The information in this article and the reviews listed here should not be substituted for a conversation with a medical professional about this medication, your symptoms, or your diagnosis.
1/23/19 - "This medication worked well while I was on it. However, after another recent MRI I was told that the neuropathy I was diagnosed with is not actually the issue. I have been weaning off the medication for 2 months. If you are thinking of going on the medication please, please, please, think about it. The side effects of weaning off this drug are absolutely horrific. I have been deathly ill for two months with, what feels like, no apparent end in sight. For that reason alone I warn you."
1/22/19 - "After having 6 surgeries on both of my feet I had cronic shocking nerve pain in my feet that was spreading to my hands. I was put on lyrica 75mg twice a day. It is amazing! I’ve only noticed two side effects, blurred vision, and change in mood. My mood change has actually been great! I’m a lot more happy and up beat than I used to me."
1/21/19 - "I took it for a few months for neuropathy caused by trauma to my trigeminal nerve. I was at a pain management clinic and it seemed to help, along with gabapentin, tramedol and a few others. Only problem was that it gave me tics in places on my body that I could not even make move on my own. Too frequently and scary. I quit on it fairly quickly."
1/16/19 - "Hi Dr. wanted to put me on Lyrica year before But not able to get on it to due to my insurance. My insurance is now making it somewhat affordable. I basically have no pain. I am on 75 mg two times a day. I have a side affect of dry eyes which is tolerable compared to the pain."
1/16/19 - "For over a year I suffered from mis-diagnosed and wrongly treated increasing eye pain. Just before a PA at a local pain clinic suggested Lyrica, I did not honestly think I could tolerate even 1 more month of the outrageous pain. Lyrica immediately cut that pain by about 75% , at 75 mg a day. Lyrica or die. 7 months now, some side effects-slight blurred vision, a bit of internal slight uneasiness, but I'll trade that in a second for the optic nerve pain relief I've gotten from Lyrica. I'm really sorry so many don't have as good an outcome from this drug."
1/15/19 - "Huge side effects, brain fog, water retention, increase pain, and horrible withdrawals. On 200mg a day for two months, titered off for two months. Caused severe ongoing pain, lost all muscle mass, forgetfulness, messed up entire cbd. 1.5 years still in therapy recovering. Dangerous drug."
1/15/19 - "I started on Lyrica in 2004, 300 mg 3 times a day, when it was first released and now wish my doctor had never heard of it. Side effects were balance issues, memory loss, hair loss, vision problems, weight gain, hearing/tinnitus. I took it until 2016 when I decided that my migraines were caused by a stressful job and I retired. At this point I now know I went off of it too fast. I experienced severe nausea, dizziness, memory loss, night sweats, hot and cold flashes, severe tinnitus to the point sometimes that was all I could hear and either sleeplessness or bad dreams. There were probably others but with the memory loss I just can't remember. I forget simple words which can be embarrassing when it happens in the middle of a sentence. Now going on 3 years off Lyrica I am still battling the balance problems and mild tinnitus. I think the worst is the memory. I have started using a website that helps with memory so I am hopeful. Anyone who is on this drug I wish them luck with it if they take high doses and for any length of time."
1/14/19 - "I was taking Lyrica twice a day at 150mg for five years. I was prescribed it after back surgery for chronic back pain, nerve pain and neuropathy. It had terrible side effects. It caused brain fog, depression, weight gain, memory problems, swelling of feet and legs to where I couldn’t wear shoes. I quit caring about myself, my house and anything else that should be important in my life. After my primary doctor suggested I go off of it I had withdrawals that were debilitating. It’s been five months since I quit taking it and the withdrawal symptoms are still plaguing me but I finally see light at the end of the tunnel. Being it was initially for seizures it makes sense that your brain is affected. In a terrible way. I will never again take anything that messes with your brain."
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