I tapered off of Lyrica & Effexor in January and it was a nightmare. I can't imagine going cold turkey. The bad (?) news is I am back on it. It was too expensive then but they now make a generic Lyrica. It really helped with my fibromyalgia before but it doesn't seem to be as effective now. How long were you on it?
I was on 150 mgs. a day for about 3 months....my doctor never told me to taper off. I was getting neuropathic pain, pins and needles feeling since taking the lyrica, almost immediately. it helped with the fibromyalgia, but never thought this drug could be causing these side effects...I stopped cold turkey and experienced extreme anxiety and paranoia and hypersensitivity, to EVERYTHING, jaw clenching, memory problems. The weirdest was the head, brain tingling. I went back on it for a few days at a time, not making the connection....the withdrawal lasted 2 months, but every time i took it for pain this "nettles" feeling up my feet and then everywhere came back.
I finally made the connection last month. I had been to a holistic doc, a neurologist thinking I had MS. then finally realized my symptoms were side effects from the lyrica, then withdrawal....I'm sure it works fine for some people, but I have always been hyper sensitive to meds....the new ones, especially.
I am searching for a drug that will help the fibro, but cymbalta made me super nauseous so I feel stuck.
any input would be appreciated.
do you mind sharing your withdrawal symptoms? The doc who prescibed it was running a clinic in florida and claimed to be able to cure chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia.....he diagnosed me with black mold toxicity and put me on a month of IV therapy....thats why I didn't make the link to my side effects and the lyrica. he claimed I was detoxing from the micotoxins the mold causes.
the jury is still out on whether that was really my problem, as all my symptoms are coming back.
Wow, it's hard to remember. I have been on and off so many meds over the last year and of course in and out of withdrawal. I still haven't found the solution to non narcotic pain relief for Fibromyalga either.
I did a really quick taper from Lyrica and Effexor in January, as per my doctor's instuctions. It was supposed to last 3 weeks I believe. I just remember how horrible I felt. The brain zaps, sweats, chills, upset stomach, you name it and it lasted forever. After 3 weeks I started Cymbalta and then just started getting worse. I thought it was from the Effexor and Lyrica withdrawal so I kept taking Cymbalta for quite awhile. Finally realized it was the Cymbalta. I went to my doctor and he ended putting me back on Effexor and Gabapentin. So I went through all of that hell and was basically back to where I started. That's about it in a nutshell.