I have been on Lyrica for a little over a month now...was started out on low dose 75mg and moved up every 2 weeks ..on 300 mg now...it made me dizzy at first ...not anymore...is helping my foot pain now...what are you taking if for ? My Dr told me on Nov 21 i was a Diabetic ...that was nice news ..the reason i went to Dr was my feet had been hurting me for like a year ...got so bad had to go to Dr to see what was up...he had me take a sugar fasting and sure enought i was diabetic...Merry christmas to me....Dr started me on lyrica ..at first it wasnt helping at low dose...is now at 300mg....hope you had nice christmas and new year..........................Slickaroo
I have been on 450mg for the past few weeks. At first when I started it I was very dizzy and was losing my balance, so I dropped back down to 300mg. BOY was that stupid. My pain level went from a 6 back to a 10 immediately, so I have gone back to 450mg. I am now taking 150mg 3x a day and it is really doing the trick.
So yes you can go higher that 300mg. It just depend on the dr.
If its ok to know...what are you taking the Lyrica for....I take it for Neuropathy of the feet ...My Dr says anything over 300mg ...they give to people with shingles....maybe i need to see a Endor Dr...So far the 300mg are working...and i only take it after supper ...thats when my feet bother me the most..i use to get dizzy but not any more...I am the kinda of person that needs the higher dose of anything i take ...I have always been that way....thanks for the infor Barb...........Slickaroo
i have a few bottles of it but the neurologist gave to me to try then i went to my regular appointment with my rhemy the next day and he said no because i am allergic to neurotin and it is just a stronger dose wish it worked for everyone but i doesn't my lose. happy new year at lease the disorder is getting recogniion now
This month plus, forget how long I have been taking Lyrica has been tough. My pain is gone! But I am almost unfunctionsl. I can hardly get up and take a shower. This is NOT good. The pain is gone, but how can I live like this? Hoping the sx go away...
We started the Lyrica on the same day, the 12th of December, remember? Started with one pill, then two and worked up to three - two at night and one in the morning. I'm functioning fairly well. I do have some dizziness, a balance problem and a few other side effects. What I want to know is if there is anyone out there on Lyrica that is having a urinary/kidney problem? My lower back have really hurt now for a few days and nothing is helping. It hurts to walk. I try to drink a lot of water daily as I don't drink soda. It has been increasingly difficult to urinate. The urge is there but I have to push on the bladder to achieve any results - sounds fun-huh? Somewhere I read that Lyrica does this to some people. I would appreciate someone letting me know what to do. Thanks. Hang in there Linda. J
I remember now. Not great with dates. Geez that was less than a month ago! I have problems with urinating, having to push the bladder, but no back pain. Maybe after breaking your toes, walking funny could cause your back to hurt. Check it out. I just made several Dr. appts. for labs I don't like. Sorry you are hurting. Ice on the low back helps me when it hurts.
I have been taking Lyrica 150 mg 3x a day for over a month with no pain relief. I just saw a new neurologist who told me to wean off of it and that I obviously don't have fibromyalgia. I have had moderate to severe pain in my limbs, feet/hands, neck, etc. plus trouble with concentration/memory for over 2 months. I have seen 6 doctors! If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know where to go from here.
I have been on Lyrica for almost 2yrs now and I am at a dose of 900mg a day which I take at night before going to bed.I started at a dose of 300mg a day and they have worked my dosage up slowly.I take it for both neuropathy and fibromyalgia.At first taking it helped me sometimes to be able to get some sleep but not anymore.My doctor has said that he can increase my dose up to around 2,500mg a day.I just hope that it doesn't get to that point.Hope this helps.Good luck.
I can hardly manage 150mg. I was feeling much less pain, but it is back again. Hurting all over. I like the slow approach, b/c my energy and brain fog are awful. Sure hope this is just a bump in the road and tomorrow will be better. I really like the pain gone with the Lyrica.
Geez, I am down to a size 2 and it is big for me! I used to be a 10. I just can't eat, no appeitie and am losing weight big time. How do you eat when you are in pain? I drink Ensure and usually get something for dinner. Haven't cooked for awhile, due to the fatigue. YUCK YUCK YUCK, that's all I have to say
I sure hope it is a better year, the last one almost killed me! Speaking of Lyrica, do people get used to it and have to increase the dose? My pain this morning was awful. I can hardly function now, so to go up...YUCK. I have fallen and have a bruised tailbone and a large bruise on my shoulder. Sometimes I am dizzy while walking and bumped into a chair. Sometimes I can't drive either. I still ask myself, "how the hell am I going to go to school next week?"
i was dx diabetic over a year ago and tested for neuropathy and ok the pain ect all from fms. i had mri and all the great tests a year ago and yesterday and 2nd round of mri's. i have alot of jerking and shakes but you know dr took me off lryica 5 days ago and that has calmed down. he wants to see what mri says. but was taking 150 at night and 75 morning and it did make difference been on it since june. helped with burning, stabbing pains and tingles in legs and hands. i just wish someone would find a fix and quit with just masking pain ect i do not like this person i have become. i have been off work since oct 12 week medical leave and dont see myself going back. i have a hard time functioning, pain, memory and i am frustrated still new to me! i am also knew to this forum so i appreciate any help! thanks
I'm taking 225 mg., in three divided doses. I had been taking neurontin, which is chemically related somehow. My own experience is that lyrica is a time-released neurontin (putting it simply, perhaps inaccurately) Neurontin was terrible for rapid depletion and acceleration of pain; lyrica is more stable over time to me. More than that, it is the only med, right now, that the FDA "approves" of. (Important in SSDI struggle, methinks)
I gained 20 pounds in 2 1/2 months and I hate it. I am hoping that after I am on it awhile, I can lose some of it. I was hungry for carbs all the time.
I am really concerned that your doctor is confusing the maximum dosage for lyrica with the maximum dosage for gabapentin(neurontin). Consistently, lyrica is not recommended in doses over 600 mg. Gabapentin on the other hand can be OK at four-figure amounts. I was taking 2400 mg. before switching to lyrica. Please check and rule this out. I would just wonder how terrible it may (or may not) be to take 4 times the recommended dosage. I'd have him show me where 2500 mg. of lyrica is safe. Just my $.02
I was told I have fybromyalgia this past October. I have been tired and in paind for 2 years and finally my doctor said you have fibromyalgia! I left with my perscription of Lyrica and lots of side effects ahead. I'm currently taking 300 mg and was told this past week to eventually be on 600 mg. I find that difficut, because right now, I'm doning good showing up for work and then come home and sleep for the rest of the night! I'm beginning to get the pain back and I'm having a difficult time with my insurance company approving each time I refill the Lyrica...Too much and I am tired and in pain!
Sorry to hear the lyrica is not work so good for you..and insurance companys are a pain in the butt....Im on 300mg...its funny some days it works well and other day not so well...I just hope it keeps on working some for me..I feel very sorry for the people i chat with on this forum..everyone is in so much pain ..and having a hard time finding releaf...I hope this year is better you everyone....Everyone is in my prays...thank you for your info.........................Judy
I started taking the Lyrica on Dec.12th or 13th. I started slow and worked up to 150mg a day. I gained 7lbs. in one week. I have a heart condition so I started weaning myself off of it on my drs advice. My legs looked like water balloons with a sock indentation. My hands were so swollen I couldn't write. I had all of the bad side effects. My dr. put me on neurontin last Friday and I'm hoping for no side effects. None so far, but it seems like it takes a lot longer to kick in for pain relief. The pain was gone with the Lyrica but the side effects were not worth it. Hope all of you on the Lyrica have better luck then I did.
Im sorry you had all the side effects from Lyrica..I hope the new meds work well for you...so far i have no bad side effects for Lyrica..just a little dizzy now and then...nothing big..wish you luck.........Slickaroo
Thank you for the "good luck" wish. I hope the neurontin works, too, after I got home from work last night, both of my legs were swollen again. I got put back on my water pill full time so I hope that it helps with the fluid retention, if that's why they are swollen. The neurontin is taking it time working, very slow, not like the quick acting Lyrica. My hands hurt a lot yesterday. I used a remedy that I use for a headache but never thought of for my hands or any other body as far as that goes. I rubbed my hands with Aspercreme then wrap them in hot moist towels that I heat in the microwave. It works. Not for a long period of time, but for a quick fix it's great. My boss didn't like it that I was doing it on his time, he said if I hurt that bad I should go home. Ahhh....another compassionate soul. Jerk! Hope you are doing well.........JLC
hi.it seems like the majority of people on lyrica gained weight.what is in it that causes weight gain.ive worked very hard to lose 42 pounds ths year and now im on 100mg of lyrica for my sciaitic nerve.ive only taken in for 2 days but im extremely tired and weak.is weight gain the first side affect and what can i do so i dont gain.thanks for any info.
Hi, EVERYONE I am ashley I am 36 and have fibromyalgia,lupus,raynauds,cf, and sjogrens it all kind of came as a package deal, like everyone else I have suffered chronic pain everywhere for so long I forget what it was like to be pain free!!!! I just started the lyrica for the second time and hope I can stand the side effects. I am on perm.disability so thank God I'm not teaching any more I can,t even remember where I'm at half the time FOGGY. Of course I do take loratab, soma, and klonopin too. Has any body out there had to come off the lyrica with better results 2nd time? well Ican understand everyones positions posted especially those with FRUSTATION. Good Luck everyone.
YES!!!!!! I hate that about this drug . I had just gotten back down to 110 and I'm going ...up..up...up anyes more up. I try to exercise alot but when i'm having a bad flare its really hard. Well I just cant do it . ESp. if my fibro and lupus or others kick in together. But yes if you can exercise do it will help with the weight gain.
I have had chronic pain now for over 10 years,and have had No! relief at all..I am on 200m.g.of Lyrica,(3) times aday, not counting all the other meds. that I am on! I have so many things wrong with me,they could write a medical book just with whats wrong with me along! But even with all the meds.I take I am still in chronic pain 24/7..
i have ben on lyrica for about ( 2 ) weeks for perifail nuropahy and it has done nothing yet except made me very tired and sleepy all day. 150 mg./ does this drug affect every one this way and how long
Hey I started taking Lyrica for my Fibro about 2 weeks ago and I did notice I was urinating alot more!! Then yesterday I started having a burning feeling when I urinte!! It really freaked me out until I saw where other Lyrica users were having the same problems~~
I've been taking 120mg 3x a day for 4 weeks and last week was diagnosed with lymphoderma (swellinf of my left foot altho I have a vey rare agressive lymphoma cancer in my right leg.I just heard the commercial for fybromyalgia using Lyrica and that it can cause swelling in feet and ankles. I'm sort of hoping this new diagnosis is only a second effect from Lyrica and NOT a new affliction..Can anyone maybe help on this ?
I currently take lyrica 225 mg for cervical radiculopathy. I had it increase to 300mg per day it worked like a charm but i had side effects. Difficulty concentration, slurred speech, unsteadiness on my feet, extremely tired but the pain relief was 100%. I seen my neurosurgeon about the side effects and i let him know i read about lyrica side effects. I felt like my hands were dropping alot. my Dr decide to reduce the medication back down to 225mg. The neck pain and nerve pain is back. I had to go on temporary disability due to the chronic pain and discomfort. I see a pain management Dr, Physical therapist, neurosurgeon, and my primary care Dr. It's been two years almost since my car accident. I just don't know what to do anymore. I'm only 40 yrs old and can't enjoy life.
Ive had 3 brain surgerys due from an AVM in the motor skill area. I have alot of nerve pain in the feet. I was presently taking 450 mg. of Lyrica daily. My body langauge would tell me when it was time for a dosage with out even having to look at the clock. After being on it for 2 years it only takes the edge off and I fing it hard to get through my day. Ive been increased to max. 600mg. I have found stretching and warmer temps. seem to help some. Good luck princess. miracle 07
I had Radiation to Rt. lower lung 6 months ago and now have almost untolerable pain in breast, underarm, lower arm and rt. side, back all the way down the spine, and under the rt. wingbone. Underarm pain and breast pain hurts even when I brush my teeth. Any movement with rt. side is very painful. Driving etc.
Dr. has Px['d. 300 mg then 600 then 900 daily Lyrica along with oxecotyn. Tried 300 first ended up vomiting, loss of bowel control, and felt drunk and dizzy.
Any suggestions . Has anyone else had this pain after radiation treatment (6 mos. later). Dr. says it could be permanent. Don't look forward to that. and don't like the effects of Lyrica.
Lyrica to me was a drug from hell. I spent 3 years of extreme dieting and gym time everyday to lose 90 lbs. I was in the best shape of my life until I cracked my heel bone and had to wear a walking cast, somehow while in the cast the Crack in my heel went straight through making it a full break, when healing I had nerves that got trapped inside the Crack and caused severe nerve pain and just walking with an offset gait created bad back pain which quickly lead to a back fracture while unpacking into my new house bc I couldn't life things properly without putting full weight on the damaged heel so I was put on lyrica. In the first 2 months I gained 50lbs and 80lbs all together!! After working so hard at losing 90lbs and just watching it all pile back on, losing my muscle and it all turning to fat was the saddest thing ever! I looked like a big bloated mess and my hands especially my feet would sweet to the point I couldn't walk 1 week out of each month, lost my job ect. I thought my skin was going to rip open from how humongous they would get. Other side effects were brain fog, constant UTI, night sweats, insomnia, increased pain from the weight gain that was bearing down on my spine and feet, low self esteem from the awful bloating, increased appetite that no matter what I ate I never felt full, heat intolerance, sun intolerance, increased anxiety basically had every known side effect out there including really bad hair loss. When you listen to the TV commercials listing all of the side effects trust me you may not have them to the extreme as I do but you will have some and the biggest issue to me is why is it worth taking lyrica to gain soo much weight soo quickly when the first thing that a Dr tells you to do is lose weight in order relieve your pain bc the extra weight you have actually causes you more pain bc it more strain on your body whe the your pain is nerve pain in your feet, back, neck ect or that it's all over like with Fibromyalgia. ..why would taking a medication like Lyrica be a good idea when all it does is start a vicious cycle of gaining the weight which causes more pain which causes you to need a higher dose of lyrica which in turn makes you gain even more weight?? & especially if your taking the lyrica for diabetic nerve pain in your feet the lurica causes your feet to swell up like elephantitist which is super duper painful??? I'm sorry but in my opinion this particular drug company has made so much money over the whole benefit not out weighing the side effects. Right now I'm in the process of coming off lyrica and if I thought the side effects of taking it were bad enough...the WITHDRAWL symptoms of trying to get off of it are 10X worse, making it comparable to opiate pain medication withdrawls. I've seen so many people report that they have had to go back on or go back up in dosage simply bc they can't handle the lyrica withdrawl. If only I had known how hard it would be to come off this drug or even how awful this drugs side effects were going to be I would NEVER had taken it to begin with. I will admit that it did help out with the nerve and Fibromyalgia pain in the beginning but the long term effects are NOT worth the initial relief. Again this is just my personal experience. It may be a wonder drug for someone else but keep in mind and watch out for side effects, once they start piling on be very careful which path you chose to go down!
I am on 200mg 3x a day of Lyrica for severe diabetic neuropathy pain.
I was originally on Neurontin - had to taper up over about 2 years to 3200mg a day as symptoms got worse. Then he added anitriptylline at bedtime, tapered that up to 150mg. I was maxed out on those 2 drugs for about a year and the pain gradually got to be unbearable.
That's when I was tapered off Neurontin and started on Lyrica. The difference was, for lack of a better word, magical once I hit 150mg 3 times a day. NO more pain. None. My evenings were no longer hell! Unfortunately it hasn't lasted, over the past 2 years I've had to taper up again to the current 600mg a day. Buit my weight has stayed constant, I am not dizzy - I'm a software engineer so I need to be alert and able to think. (I was a pharmacist for years but couldn't take the standing anymore).I tolerate the Lyrica so well my neuro is talking about possibly going higher if needed. The alternative will be narcotic pain relievers and I don't want to go there!
Thanks for reading - sorry so long-winded. Mine is not a common story I'm afraid.
The literature says 300mg/day is the max dosage, is it safe then to be taking so much? I am on narcotics and anti=inflammatory for arthritis pain, lyrica for nerve pain; All chronic side effects of spinal injuries from a car wreck as well as too many years as a software engineer sitting at a desk typing. And well-managed diabetes.
The nerve pain is getting uglier and the only thing fhat works for it is
(a) Lyrica, which is like a dream that just washes away the pain with no side effects at all
(b) meditation. Amazing, this often works better than narcotics for my nerve pain
Is the weight gain just water or does Lyrica make you gain fat? I've been on 200mgx3 times per day for nerve pain since 2010. It has been a miracle for me in terms of pain relief & quality of life. The weight gain is a bummer, but for me the benefits far outweigh the negatives. No more narcotics.
I am with you, food + pain equals NO. Lyrica has changed my life. It is a miracle drug. I don't have to take my Vicodine daily. Some days are of course harder than others but it helps. My doctor prescribed me 100 a day. Nothing!!!!!!!!!! So I took 100 X3 and AMAZING...I have my life back. I still am not a HUGE eater on it. BUT I wish it was prescribed for Fibromyalgia. It is prescribed for diabetics and my insurance does not cover it. It costs 250.00 a month, I looked on-line for some help BUT it still doesn't help the cost. I pay it BECAUSE it works and I can live my life with little pain!. Blessing to ALL!!
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