My GP changed my neurotin to Lyrica because I have been gaining weight. I told him it had to stop if he didn't want me to come back and tell him I weighed a 160 lbs.
I have went from 124 last July to 147 on Tues. Except for pregnancy I have not weighed that much at any time in my life. I explained that the weight I had gained was equivalent to strapping almost five 5lb bags of flour around my waist and expecting my legs to carry it. My legs weren't carry me at 124. At 147 some days are horrendous.
So does Lyrica work for the neuropathic pain and has anyone gained a lot of weight on it?
Thanks for your input and have a great weekend, terry
I took Lyrica and had great results with the pain. I did not gain weight while taking it. The Lyrica worked great until my most recent relapse and then it increased the cog fog. Pain wise it worked like a charm after we adjusted it to the correct dose.
Good luck with it and my advice is to start it a very low dose to prevent the "woozy" side effects many complain about. Mine initial dose was 50 mg at night and was finally at 100mg three times a day when I had to stop taking it. I miss it as my new meds don't work as well and have more side effects.
Lyrica is typically much worse for weight gain! I gain 25lbs in 2 months on it, so went back to neurontin, which I can tolerate without gaining weight. But it is marvelous for nerve pain. If you follow a STRICT low-carb diet, you can hold off the weight gain. At least that is what I have been told. Lyrica is wonderful for nerv e pain/neuropathy, at least it was for me. Good luck.
i have to say i took lyrica and gained two stone it says in the side effects weight gain and i guess some our lucky not too and some like me are unlikey and gaini feel if you have gained on neuortin which like lyrica you might gain on lyrica i hope you dont its mainly makes you crave carbs like when pregnant just try and eat healthy and if your not on a high dose your prob be ok.
I gained a lot of weight on Lyrica and after taking it for a year I had to get off of it cause of weight gain. Well once I was off of it I could tell that it wasn't doing anthing to help me. I don't think we really know weather a drug is helping or not until we have been on it a while then taper off and then you will see if it was working or not.
i quit taking my gabapentin due to weight gain/water gain whatever. i just didn't like that type of weight gain. have wanted to call to ask for Lyrica but haven't yet. i can sure tell i'm not taking it due to the noticeable increase certain pains. always something ;-)
Hmmm.. I wasn't aware of this side effect, but now that y'all mention it, I've been wondering what was leading me to pick up a pound or two here & there (OK, 9 altogether) over the past couple of months. I'd lost 35 since this illness began in earnest last fall. I could stand to lose twice that again.
Well guys thanks for your input. I just did some searching on the net. I don't like what I found on either the neurotin or Lyrica, not to mention I take Depakote also. The Depakote is an Er med to assist with the migraines. I think I may take a break from all of them and see what happens. If the pain is to much I will add back the Lyrica. Although it has only been a week I am beginning to feel some relief from the pain. Now I am wondering how bad would it be without all the meds. Sometimes I wonder if the meds help cause the symptoms....there are so many of them. I will let you know how it works out. terry
I've been on the max dose of Neurontin for well over a year. It provides some relief but I still have pretty persistent pain in my left hand. For several months I have also been taking 100mg amitriptyline, which takes a bit more of the edge off. I have tried to reduce the dosage of both meds at different times at the suggestion of my neurologist. As was commented above, it is a good idea to attempt to reduce meds, if you never do, how do you know if you still need them? Unfortunately each time I've tried to wean myself off of them, the pain is more intense, so I guess they are helping, just not as much as I would like. I have asked my neuro about switching from Neurontin to Lyrica, he is very reluctant to have me switch as he doesn't like the side effects of Lyrica and thinks they would have a more negative impact on me than the pain itself.
I did not gain any weight on Neurontin, however I keep gaining and losing 10-15 lbs since going on amitriptyline. It has had a big impact on my appetite, I seem to be ravenous all the time. I try to take advantage of the times when my energy is good, to get as much exercise as possible to try to keep the weight thing in check. I don't like feeling so hungry all the time, but I also don't like the pain that comes back worse every time I try to reduce my amitriptyline dosage. Quite a conundrum.
Conundrum, that is a good way to describe it. I just can't stand this weight gain but I am also afraid that w/o the meds I will be miserable with pain. I guess I will find out. The weight on my legs is also bad, causing more pain and fatigue in them.
I gained the weight so gradually I knew it was not from eating. I was eating healthier and exercising more. The weight was 1 or 2 pounds every month. Two months ago my dose of neurontin was raised to 300mg tid. I have gained 6 pounds since then but it wasn't working at a lower dose and not so great at the higher dose.
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