Lyrica for opiate withdrawal

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I just don't want to be taken lyrica and then when the opiate withdrawals are better/gone and I decide to quit taking the lyrica the opiate withdrawals come back and it's like opiate withdrawals all over again (like day 1). I know lyrica isn't a narcotic and isn't a big habit former unless it's really abused, but I just want to know that lyrica and hydrocodien have none of the same ingredients or substances and it won't be like me still taking the hydrocodien??
I know loritab is not good to take for long periods of time but it has seemed to work for me. I took a 50 mg lyrica last night and I had a tired feeling most of the day. I told my dr I would try it for a week. I didn't want to get on anything that was going to be harder than loritab to get off of. I did ultam a couple of years ago and it was no fun when I stopped that. Thanks again for your reply.
We will evaluate your case and remain on the lookout for Lyrica recalls and Lyrica class action lawsuits. We might be the Lyrica law firm you are looking for. What Is Lyrica and What Is Prescribed For? Lyrica is the brand name for the drug pregabalin. Made and sold by U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, this prescription medication is used to treat neuropathic pain associated with diabetic peripheral neuropathy, postherpetic neuralgia, partial onset seizures.
I know I have read different articles some saying doctors don't believe Lyrica causes withdrawal symptoms but after having under gone severe withdrawal syndrome from Valium I beg to differ because I am recognizing some of the symptoms. Oh I forgot to mention I am sweating a lot! I hate to sweat! I feel like I stink when I sweat. I have been so exhausted I can barely take a dang shower!
Oh my! Lyrica withdrawal was hell for me!...I went off a dose of 150 mg twice a day I had been on for 5 yrs ! I didn't tell my pain dr and after 30 to 45 days I was in so much pain that I had to go back on it as even upping my dose of opiate did nothing to decrease the pain..even after I went back on the lyrica It has taken 2months to adjust my opiate pain meds back down to what theyi were before I had quit.. I wish now I had tried gabapentin again...
Is this PAWS, or prolonged withdrawal? The symptoms change and go away for a bit only to reappear again. I did go to see a neurologist, cardiologist, and rheumotologist. They found nothing in the brain MRI, nothing in my blood work, etc. I am freaking that they missed something or if this is just the beginning of some neurological disease that has not shown up on tests, like MS. Has anyone else had prolonged experience with prolonged opiate withdrawals? Will this end?
I went to my doctor on Wednesday, and she thinks my symptoms at this stage of the game ( 43 days now) are more from the cymbalta than the lyrica, but they are very similar, almost identical, and are the most painful withdrawal situation I have ever been in. IT is lke being in opiate and benzo withdrawal at the same time, I have thought that I was going to die. Anyway, I am feeling better today thank goodness.
I do know that Lyrica can help with opiate withdrawals if you don't take it regularly. The withdrawal from Lyrica is much worse than from opiates so don't let your body get used to it.
I’ve gone through opiate detox twice now and just wanted to share some thoughts for anyone out there that is currently going through withdrawal or about to make the leap — I’m hoping maybe something resonates with you during this difficult time. I struggled with both the physical symptoms and the mental anguish. Below are just my observations and advice — based on my experiences only. I’m currently 2-weeks clean and doing great. Wishing you all the best!
I have 3 herniated disc in my back but take lithium so I can't take any anti-inflammatories, which only leaves opiates which my body becomes addicted to very fast, then I get to suffer through opiate withdrawal. She started me on lyrica under the guise of nerve pain, and sleep disorder (which I have but I'm allergic to sleeping pills lol whole world of issues for my prescribing dr) Lyrica HAS WORKED. I've gained a few pounds so far, but my progress outweighs the weight.
I have a prescription for 100mg of gabapentin to take 3x a day. Does anyone know how much to take for cold turkey opiate withdrawal? And should I let the gabapentin build up in my body before I stop taking the hydro? From what I've read gabapentin works like a neurotransmitter reuptake accelerator/inhibitor and needs to build up in the system for a few days before it works to its full potential.
everyone is different but generally, it has been found that following opiate detox, there are two periods of protracted withdrawal. The first (or sub-acute withdrawal) lasts 2-8 weeks and people describe moderate to severe insomnia and fatigue, low energy, and other depressive symptoms. This is quite variable but is sometimes difficult for people to tolerate. Unfortunately medications have only a limited effect.
This site inparticular, for some reason doesn't have to many posters posting about lyrica or gabapentin withdrawal because it's mainly opiate addiction in here but google 'lyrica withdrawal' and you'll find way more information about it. Good luck.
I was just prescribed Lyrica for fibromyalgia pain and take 100mgs of methadone daily for pain as well. Hopefully i can come off the methadone soon. My question is, has anyone heard of lyrica causing withdrawal symptoms when taken w/methadone? I was given Tramadol(Ultram) w/ methadone and thought I was going to die with the interaction it caused!!!
I took lyrica for fibromylgia, it worked for the pain but the weight gain and my hands and feet swelling didnt. If you read the pamplet that comes with it,, it states it can be come addictive if the patient has an addictive personality. My doctor also had to slowly decrease my dosage when it was discovered I couldnt take it for the side effects.. I think it is like alot of meds, works differently for different people. just be careful and stay under your doctor's care while taking it.
I am not a Dr or anything and I have never taken my medication other then how prescribed but when I first started taking the Lyrica it made me very VERY tired and sluggish. I didnt take any of my other pain pills that day so maybe it is good for withdrawal it makes you not need anything else? I dunno.. only Drs know what is going on with meds, sometimes not even them lol But I think you will do fine if you just take small amounts. I hope these things are prescribed to only you...
He is finishing this tomorrow but is complaining of severe back pain. Back injury was the reason for the oxy to begin with. They are trying Lyrica. I am worried about it's reproductive harm issues, addictive properties, abuse potential, etc... The nurse at the clinic told me that probably nothing would remove his pain as the oxy's did so to be warned that he may go back to them unless he is willing to live with pain.
So, if you are using Lyrica as a pain killer, and it works for you (it does for me) and you are worried about addiction, don't.
The first 4 days of my withdrawal i took xanax to keep me calm. Before i got on the subs i was shooting herion for years so i was def terrified to quit cold turkey but i did it!! Finally after multiple attempts to get off opiates i just quit all together and ill never look back. Im saying that now but every day i feel so sluggish, and nothing helps. I drink monster energy like they are goin outta style.
Today, February 28th 09 I have been off Lyrica for 1 week. Most of the bad withdrawals are gone. I have been off Perc's for what is now Day 5. The pain has been pretty bad. Seems a lot worse thans its been before, and my drive for anything is almost gone. You would always have something to look forward when popping the pills, but when thats gone, you drive pretty much stops. It *****. Now for the Q and A feature of my post. 1.
An increase of pain that is even higher than before you began the opiates and perhaps the pain may even be(but not necessarily) in an area of your body that the opiate wasn't prescribed to treat in the first place.
but then started having chest pain and palpitations similar to when I was withdrawing from lyrica. first question- Is this normal for tram withdrawal. I took 2 otc motrin, and 1 otc,benadryl and this helped. but by the afternoon the anxiety was so bad I took 1/2 tab of ativan slept for three ours and right now I feel pretty good...almost normal. I was reluctant to use the ativan because I an so afraid of a new addiction.
As for pain control, well, it just *****, i know i have my own issues Look into Ultram, that's a pill for pain thats NOT an opiate. Now of course that is a prescription, but for over the counter motrin. Best of luck, and keep us posted.
I am looking for a support group, forum or chat room that I can use for support during my withdrawal. Can you help me? I can't find anything on the internet.
There are recovering opiate addicts that have shared that Lyrica was HARDER for them and they explain their personal h*ll in an attempt to help other people. I, for one, REALLY appreciate them for doing that. Because there are SO many drugs out there and many people are not pro-active about what they put in their bodies.....I'm just loving you enough to share what I've been reading. That old posts has some VERY good facts on it. Teresa feels strongly about Tramadol, and I understand why.
If you are not taking any antidepressants there are some amnio acids and supplements that will getting you feeling better .Ltyrosine for energy,5hpt for mood, magnesium and calcium and vit b 6. I also cryed all of the time the first few weeks I was off of it ..It is a very lonely feeling I promise you it will get better .If you ever need to talk PLZ PM me .....
The best way to detox is to have proffessional medical help, call your county hospital for a recomendation for an Addiction Psychiatrist, he will be able to perscribe the medications you need for withdrawal. Severe depression is common, because the Oxycotin kills off your natural dopamine levels in the brain; dopamine is the pleasure scenors in the brain, that make you enjoy food, make you laugh, and makes you enjoy sex. After continued use of Oxy's, which is an artifical dopamine.
I don't even know if any of the normal therapies for managing withdrawal would work for tramadol, but I've somewhere down the road anyway. I just wish I knew how long it would all take. It's so muc easier to be in a hard place if you know when it's going to end. I guess I'm paying for my pain free months this month. I am trying to manage it with kratom to have days that are at least partially productive. I'm hoping I'll get some feedback on that as well. Good luck keeping yourself off drugs.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR for WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS!!! Hello there; Last evening Oct 20,2011, while struggling with the growing pain and uneasyness of not having taken any opiates since morning I happened to take some vitamins at supper time. Less than an hour later I suddenly realized that I felt greaaat. I believe that it was the APPLE CIDER VINEGAR tablets that I took that made the withdrawal symptoms disappear.
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