Lyrica dosing for fibromyalgia

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1168718 tn?1464987135 Hi Candy I have been on lyrica for 4 yrs now gained about 20lbs but it has been a wonder drug for me no more neuropathy pain. the pain before was a 20 on the pain scale felt likea ice pick being jabbed into my legs over and over again.
193953 tn?1272078626 i've been on Lyrica for about 4 years for fibromyalgia - it has been a miracle drug for me. i have missed doses at times, but have never had anything like you described. sounds like maybe sciatica to me. the sciatic nerve runs down your leg.
Avatar f tn Hi, A combination of Lyrica and Methadone has been found to be effective in controlling Fibromyalgia pain. Methadone may be administered alone without a combination because it is a potent analgesic. It is a narcotic analgesic similar to Morphine. However it is not used commonly for the treatment of Fibromyalgia. It has some serious side effects. Risk of serious side effects may occur even if patient has used other narcotic medications and if the drug is used improperly.
Avatar m tn I couldn't handle the weight gain, tiredness and bloating that I felt while on Lyrica, although it helped me immensely with pain. Lyrica is an anti-seizure medication too. I switched to Topamax because it didn't cause weight gain and my insurance finally covered it and I was very curious about it. Topamax has helped me with my migraines and is more energizing than Lyrica, although my doctor has told me that many people get tired on it.
Avatar f tn You could talk to your doctor about possibly switching and see how it works for you personally. There is a big price difference there. Lyrica is fairly new and therefore more expensive and also doctors tend to prescibe the newer drugs that the drug reps say are better. Pregabalin (Lyrica) and gabapentin (Neurontin) are effective medications commonly used for the treatment of neuropathic pain, post-herpetic neuralgia, seizures, and fibromyalgia.
5100586 tn?1363648354 I have been on 60 mg of Lyrica for 5 years- treating Fibromyalgia and I've gained almost 30 lbs. I can't lose the weight and want to go off the Lyrica. I also take 60 mg of Cymbalta every day. I HATE the way I feel if I miss a dose, or even take it later in the day. I've never had an addiction problem in my life, but this is so scary. I really thought I was going crazy until I googled forums discussing the w/d symptoms.
131817 tn?1209532911 I was told I have Fibromyalgia and put on Lyrica. Prestiq for depression. Betpace for my heart. Xanax for my anxiety and just had a bout of Pneumonia. Yesterday I saw my Pulmonologist since getting out of the hospital and she noticed I listed Lyrica as one of my drugs and she asked why? I said because I have Fibromyalgia and she said no. You took the Interferon and that is why you have all these illnesses-I see it everyday.
1001981 tn?1293982081 I will see a new internist this Friday - was given Lyrica to try for Fibro but don't want to use it - has alot of side effects. Looking into DermaMag. I guess I could say the fatigue is a little better, and some of the leg stff a little it has been only 2 weeks. Sometimes it is hard to figure what the H is wrong after awhile. I appreciate any moral support you can give me this stuff just seems to hit you out of the blue.
Avatar f tn I have been on Lyrica for a year for fibromyalgia pain. For the last 3 months my dose has been 300 mg , 100 am 200 pm. I also took Cymblata and the combination relieved 95% of my fibro pain. I recently ran out of meds because I have no insurance and had to pay 150. to see the Dr before she refilled it. OMG....I have a whole new outlook on those addicted to drugs now. I started with a horrible headache and then the nausea and vomiting.
Avatar f tn So again, while treating the adrenals, a trial of Cytomel as above, using the fT3/rT3 ratio AND symptom changes, for dosing purposes, might be a more precise but obviously also more complicated way to regulate thyroid function. The aforementioned references and comments on your adrenal and thyroid issues are from another post, but modified to reflect your own details. It seems that there's a higher prevelance of adrenal fatigue in our society.
886699 tn?1270783344 I will be staying on the mestinon for now and if anything will potentially add lyrica or cymbalta for the neuropathy and whatever they can do for my POTS (I was put on Prozac years ago for fibromyalgia but so many newer / potentially more effective drugs have come on the market since then). If i can help with anything else, please just let me know - i'd be happy to hare my experiences further. Keep us posted on how it's going!
559187 tn?1330786456 I've been fortunate to get good relief without experimenting too much, and also I have a great prescription drug plan, which helps so much. For me Lyrica has been a godsend. But Lyrica in combo with a small dose of amitriptyline has been even better. These are not for everyone, and this is not meant as a commerical for anything. What I AM advocating is persisting in finding relief from MS pain. No one should just suffer, from pain, spasticity, sleeplessness or whatever else MS causes.
1684282 tn?1582660848 This is an extremely timely article that was just published mostly for general practitioners in the Annals of Family Medicine Magazine. I thought that it some numbers in it were both troubling and fascinating to want to share it with all of you. In a nut shell it says what I have been saying all along - doctors write too many opiate prescriptions for far many chronic pain patients. Nearly 15,000 people die from opiate prescription overdoses than both heroin and cocaine combined.
Avatar f tn You're currently on lyrica, cymgen, which are both commonly prescribed for fibromyalgia, one narcotic pain reliever and 2 antihypertensive meds. So, in my view a Rheumatologist may change one or more drugs for something else, or change the dosing perhaps, however, I cannot see any major shifts in the treatment plan, if you have been actually diagnosed with fibromyalgia.
5265383 tn?1483811956 Although it's an off-label use, it's not the first medication being used for pain that's off-label (Cymbalta, gaba, Lyrica etc.). Anyway, just wanted to do an update.
Avatar f tn prescribed Savella (commonly prescribed for fibromyalgia) and have been on that a week....horrible side effects but I'm hanging in there. He also started me on the duragesic patch today at 25 and to be changed every 72 hours. My concern is that if one of the side effects of Savella is severe dry mouth...and duragesic....I'm gonna be licking people's sweat for relief! Anyway..walking every day is a challenge and I'm hoping that I can taper off vicodin with this patch.
Avatar n tn and take as many units as the sliding scale calls for. What could be causing this? I have Fibromyalgia and do have a little pain in spite of the Lyrica I am taking. I do not feel very well at dinnertime and I am quite upset about having such a high reading without eating anything. Thank you for any help or advice you may have.
939964 tn?1288020624 But the adverse reactions of the drug should be considered before using it .The recommended dose of LYRICA for fibromyalgia is. 300 to 450 mg/day. Dosing should begin at 75 mg two times a day (150 mg/day) and may be increased to 150 mg two times a day (300 mg/day) within 1 week based on efficacy and tolerability. Patients who do not experience sufficient benefit with 300 mg/day may be further increased to 225 mg two times a day (450 mg/day).
Avatar n tn HI, I was on Neurontin then I switched to Lyrica for better dosing options - it worked well initially. Current meds are nortriptyline for neuropathic pain, Trileptal for trigemnal neuralgia and Klonopin for muscle spasms. For me, traditional pain meds, i.e. Percocet ,ect. do nothing for my neuropathic pain except make feel like I don't care if I'm in pain :-) Tramadol does take the edge off and I do receive some relief. Alex and Erin's ideas regarding relaxation are also very helpful.
Avatar n tn However, I don't think it deserves the bad reputation it has. It works beautifully for many people. Lyrica is very similar to Neurontin. I've never tried that one.
544292 tn?1268886268 I have been taking Pregabelin (Lyrica) for a number of weeks now, along with Tramadol. I am very aware that when I take a full dose of both drugs together I feel a very strange almost "spaced out" feeling. I feel unsteady on my feet and find it difficult to walk a few yards without having to hold on to something to steady myself. If I reduce the Pregabelin dose it is a bit better. I would be interested to hear from anyone with similar experiences when using both drugs.
Avatar f tn I have taken it for several years for fibromyalgia pain. Like aspentoo, I didn't do so well on Cymbalta, and I'd seen a presentation on fibro by a doctor at the Stanford Neuroimaging And Pain Lab, where a small trial was was discussed. Like her, I too figured it could not hurt, and asked my rheum about it. He was OK with me trying it and prescribed it for me. For me it seems to work on pain level. Do I realize that it could be placebo? Yes. Do I care? No.
147426 tn?1317269232 One of the most common - because of a huge multimedia marketing campaign and because it was recently approved to treat the neuropathic pain of Fibromyalgia - is pregabalin (Lyrica). It has some similarities to Neurontin, but is also very effective and very expensive. Some people do extremely well on it and others can't tolerate it.
Avatar n tn Thanks for your response!!!!!! I was giving up hope! I've read about Lyrica and done some research. Glad to hear it's helping you so much! Do you have any of the possible negative side effects like weight gain, headaches, etc?
217229 tn?1192766004 My neurologist Rxd Lyrica for the type of neuropathy Hector described - damage to the nerve sheaths due to too high blood sugar. I chose not to take it and went on diabetes meds (Metformin) and lost 25 lb instead. My understanding of Lyrica is that it slows nerve impulses down (also used as an anti-sezure med) and must be weaned off of to prevent seizures. I had this option since my neuropathy manifests as numbness rather than pain.
Avatar f tn I too have PPMS, questioned by my PCP after an MRI for a history of falls, memory issues and fibromyalgia, then confirmed by my neurologist an MS specialist after an LP. I would be interested in knowing what they put you on for medication as there is no medication out there for PPMS, just meds to treat the symptoms. I was diagnosed within 6 mos of my MRI 41/2 years ago.
666151 tn?1311117976 But the sad fact is that opiate addiction remains stubbornly difficult to treat by traditional methods. Success rates for long-term sobriety are lower for opiates than for other substances. This may be because the ‘high’ from opiate use is different from the effects of other substances—users of cocaine, methamphetamine, and alcohol take the substances to feel up, loose, or energetic—ready to go out and take on the town.
Avatar f tn It stinks. Anyway, my primary care doc gave me a sample of Lyrica, which worked well for me, until I realized how uncoordinated it made my fingers (lthings like not being able to turn the page of a book), and I found out my health insurance wouldn't cover it. So, he had me try the Neurontin, which actually works just as well for me w/o the sides. It's also one of the cheaper drugs on my health insurance, with only a $10 copay, so I can live with that.
Avatar f tn I want to thank you for your support..........the tapering off seems to be working MUCH better than cold turkey! I am feeling so much better than yesterday..........I only hope I can continue on this route. So, I should try this dosage for how long, a week? Or longer? Then go to what dosage? I am really trying to do this and think that I will have much better success the way you suggested! You are truly a blessing to this forum.........