Neurontin vs lyrica for fibromyalgia

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I just saw my neurologist again and we're now trying Lyrica, typically prescribed for fibromyalgia. I've only been on it two days, with a much lower dosage (was taking 1200mg gabapentin/day versus 75mg Lyrica once at night!) and much much much better results (I only take one or two 300mg gapabentins a day). The only down side is that it makes me sleepy, but I'm sure that will wear off a bit or completely once I'm used to it.
I am currently taking lyrica for fibromyalgia,and have been on it for 2 years now. I recently was accepted for a high risk pool insurance,offered by my state,for people who can't get regular medical insurance,because of pre-existing conditions. My co-pay for generic prescriptions would be alot less, then the current co-pay I have on lyrica. Being on a small pension, and social security, every penny saved helps .
I have not taken Neurontin, but I have recently started taking Lyrica for nerve pain after neck surgery. I feel the Lyrica was like a miracle for me. My pain was cut at least in half and my quality of life has improved dramatically. I'm taking almost no narcotics now, so I have my sharp mind back. I have not yet had any side effects from the Lyrica, but of course everyone is different.
I take Lyrica for fibromyalgia and arthritis, which helps, the side effect I hate is weight gain... I have been on it for 6 months and gained 30 pounds....
I have never posted on this site but as I was reading about all of you taking Lyrica, I had to share my story of Lyrica with you. I have had fibro for 8 years and about two years ago was put on Lyrica. My Dr. started me on small doses and gave the counsel that this drug is great you can't overdose on it. My symptoms were so severe that I was eventually taking 1200 mg. a day prescribed by my Dr. Within 6 months I had gained 31 pounds and was most days like a walking zombie.
The Max approved dose for Fibromyalgia is 450 mg per day total. Having never used this or prescribed it, that's all I know.
While I was undiagnosed, I was on Neurontin for a couple of months and then tried Lyrica. I do think Lyrica relieved more pain, but it did cause me more side effects and in the end, I was not happy with the balance of relief vs. complications. Lyrica made me feel more dizzy and confused. For example, I would take my dose, and within minutes I wouldn't remember if I had taken it yet or not. That made me uncomfortable.
We're all lab rats! Yep, cymbalta and lyrica together worked great for me, other than the Lyrica side effect of weight gain, coupled with sudden onset hypertension- I had to come off of it :( But it seriously reduced my pain by like 80%. Good luck!
I am still on the neurontin for nerve pain............but 32 days clean today from Hydrocodone. I am on 600 MG's of neurontin 4 times a day, but I don't take it that much I usually take one in the am then one in the evening before I go to bed.
I can see offering a patient with severe fatigue (subjective) Provigil. I can see offering Neurontin or Lyrica for pain that appeared neuropathic, but only if that pain had been investigated with appropriate testing such as Nerve Conduction Studies or Evoked Potentials. Those are potent meds with significant possible side effects. But, I do NOT understand the offering of Baclofen unless they observed spasticity.
How did things turn out for your Grandmother? My mother, also soon to be 89, has been taking Lyrica for about 6 months. It was prescribed for Fibromyalgia, which I personnally think should be call "we don't know what the hell is wrong with you disease". I have also noticed a change in behavior. At times she is downright mean! She doesn't seem to be able to figure out if what she is saying is hurtful, and doesn't really care.
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I have many allergies and can't take patches for example or any of the alternative pain meds like neurontin, lyrica and cymbalta. Is taking such a quick path to getting off meds a good thing? Should I go back to the pain mngmt doc seeing for 5 years. I cancelled the appt for tomorrow just yesterday...maybe i was too hasty and can easily reschedule or should i try this docs approach and try to get back off these chronic pain meds.....
I hope ur also on neurontin or lyrica? I just started on oxycontin and I'm on 10 and 10 with percocet for breakthrough now he has added another 10 so its 10- 3x per day alng with the 2700mg or neurontin.... so I know the oxy is still at a low dose. Its NOT doing anything for my pain which maybe a. fibro b.neuropathy d/t DDD c. polymyalgia rhue? In fact if anything the oxycontin has made my pain WORSE...so he is reluctant to raise it until we can figure out what is going on.
There are a lot of different treatments and recommendations. I know they use Lyrica and Neurontin in treating it and at times Cymbalta. What's the milligrams on the hydrocodone? You need to be careful with the Tylenol part of it, especially if you get Tylenol in other things. How long have you been taking it? I think there's a Fibromyalgia forum on MedHelp and you may get more information there. It's not a fun thing to have but it is manageable!!
My father and grandfather both have/had glaucoma and I was not aware of the problem with Neurontin possibly increasing eye pressure until it happened to me. I had been on Neurontin for about three months and went to the opthamologist for my yearly check up and my eye pressures were WAY up. As soon as he looked at the medication I was taking, he told me to stop the Neurontin because of it's link to increased eye pressure.
Some of the medications used for FMS are the Neurontin (which you already tried), Lyrica and Cymbalta. For pain some use Ultram (Tramadol) or the Lidoderm patches. These medications only treat the symptoms and do have side-effects, so you would need to weigh the risks vs. the benefits involved. You could also try a natural creme called Sombra or CatsClaw. I've found that both work well for muscle aches.
It is best treated with medications such as lyrica and neurontin, exercise, and physical therapy and the good news is that it does not progress into a more serious or degenerative disorder. In some patients, multiple symptoms such as your may reflect emotional/psychiatric problems related to stress (what is called somatization disorder).
it is a battle/a true war for many Narcotics r not the DOC for Fibromyalgia...first line drugs are Neurontin, lyrica and cymbalta/i only tolerate neurontin but have tried all three narcotics really do nuttin for a fibro patient as far as pain relief..they make us not care that we hurt..no work on the source of pain at all//and tolerence makes them very dangerous/addiction as well muscle relaxers, gentle stretching or moderate execise, yoga rox for fibro!
I suffer from nerve pain as well and was on Neurontin for the nerve, it did help but i had vision side affects that i didnt want to deal with. I am so glad your going to your doc tomorrow. Write all your questions down and talk to her about all of this, i am sure she can come up with a plan thats safe and effective that can work for you. As for the vomiting, she can give you something for that too, i was on a anti nausea but sorry i forgot the name of it.
about and that is, possibly, switching you from the neurontin over to Lyrica. The neurontin was making me very sleepy and so we tried switching and it has worked. Since you've been on the neurontin for so long and have increased to your maximum dose, it might be worth a try to see if you can get even more relief!! :) Femmy: So glad that you are having relief from your injections.
I have many allergies and can't take patches for example or any of the alternative pain meds like neurontin, lyrica and cymbalta. Is taking such a quick path to getting off meds a good thing? Should I go back to the pain mngmt doc seeing for 5 years. I cancelled the appt for tomorrow just yesterday...maybe i was too hasty and can easily reschedule or should i try this docs approach and try to get back off these chronic pain meds.....
Oxycontin.- While awaiting the scan results I was given oxycontin for pain relief, this seemed to do the trick for 2 weeks, 10mg 2x a day, then things hurt again so up the dose went 20mg 2x a day, then 40mg 2x a day, then 80mg 2x a day and up to 120mg 2x a day, recognise the scenereo anyone??..
they r not the recommended pain choice for fibro...lyrica or neurontin is//as of late cymbalta added to this list...neurontin is what i take now///lots safer...
When I came to withdraw from Tramadol, it was very hard to find anyone who was sharing that path. The War was fought alone for awhile. But then, others joined me and now we have the continuing Conversation. This is the place to be to get off and stay off Tramadol. Welcome Warriors!
Make sure why they are trying to figure this out, they try Lyrica, Neurontin, or Topamax for your pain to see if works (helps nerve pain). BOTOX is used for migraines and perhaps could benefit this if it persists. Also, nerves can be ablated if they can determine which one(s) are affected. Good luck!
I also have little appetite and have lost 17lbs.Witch is great for me. I am over weight.I am tired more than normal,but i did sleep alot due to migrains.I do have more side effects and stuff,but I wont over load you all at once.I know this sounds like alot, but it has gotten better as time goes on. I have started to level off and become more normal.I dont feel the tingles as much and i have more of an appetite (darn)he he.
I take anti-depressant for PTSD and for the fibromyalgia, I take lyrica, tramadol, supeudol, which is oxycodone. I've been reading for a few days and you guys have giving me hope.
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