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Below are Lyrica (Pregabalin) reviews, ratings, comments submitted by patients and caregivers. Based on a total of 30 ratings/reviews, Lyrica has an overall score of 5.80. The effectiveness score is 6.73 and the side effect score is 5.67. The scores are on ten point scale: 10 - best, 1 - worst. This information is not vetted and should not be cosidered as clinical evidence.
 

Lyrica review by 57 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Marginally Effective
Side effects:   Moderate Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   fibromyalgia
Dosage & duration:   100 mg. 3 X day taken 3x day for the period of 3months
Other conditions:   arthritis
Other drugs taken:   premarin, cataflam
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Very little benefits, may have had a slight lessening of pain but not much
Side effects:   I was told by my doctor that this drug had "no side effects". I had swelling of my hands and face, lethargy, drugged feeling but when I ran out of it over a weekend and had to go 3 days without it I experienced severe withdrawal symptoms, itching, skin crawling, insomnia, etc so I quit taking it
Comments:   100 mg. 3 X day for about 3 months for fibromyalgia

 

Lyrica review by 64 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Periferal neuropathy
Dosage & duration:   60 MG taken daily for the period of one year
Other conditions:   hypoglycemia ((tendency)
Other drugs taken:   Cymbalta
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Definite lowering of feet and leg pain, numbness and foot-sensory control. However due to the length of diagnostic time required and the progressiveness of the problem, Cymbalta (in a.m.) and Lyrica (in p.m.) work well together. The neuropathy does not both me at night, once I am laying down and settled.
Side effects:   Some dizziness, balance, and memory issues. Some days are fine, others are disconcerting but livable.
Comments:   Lots of testing at the Mayo Clinc (unmedicated) and then medicated with Lyrica, eventualy Cymbalta was added and works quite well about 60% of the time. Prolonged walking or standing, driving over an hour,the wearing or shoes with backs, and socks exacerbate the neuropathy. Some lower leg and foot therapy and massage also assists for short periods by releasing endorfins(?).

 

Lyrica review by 43 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Marginally Effective
Side effects:   Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Fibromyalgia
Dosage & duration:   150 mg taken 2 times a day for the period of 3 months
Other conditions:   None
Other drugs taken:   None
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   There was a minimum amount of pain reduction. I believe the medication works neurologically and you do not realize you still have pain. The side effects were so severe I was afraid to drive the car. My memory and thought process was deeply distrubed and I still felt pain. My thought process changed so quickly during a mid sentence I sounded as if I was on drugs. The side effects were just not worth tolerating for the small benefit. I could not help but think with the way this is making me feel mentally what is the effect it is really having on me. This medication was meant for Diabetics that suffer nerve pain. I feel sorry for someone who would need to remain on this medication if it was helping reduce the pain. As all medications it is not going to correct the underlying problem just address the symptoms associated with the problem. I would not recommend anyone take it.
Side effects:   Irrational thinking, disrupted thought process, Slow reactions while operating a vehicle
Comments:   Prescribe to me by my DO as the newest drug for Fibromyalgia she did not know how the drug worked but wanted to me to try it to see if it reduced my muscle pain. I took myself off the drug because the side effects were to severe and they did not lesson over time.

 

Lyrica review by 44 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Marginally Effective
Side effects:   Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Fibromyalgia
Dosage & duration:   300mg. taken twice daily for the period of 2 months
Other conditions:   Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Osteoarthritis
Other drugs taken:   Lexapro, Prometrium, Flexeril, Clonazepam
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   I think that the Lyrica was starting to help with the pain, but the side-effects were just too severe to continue.
Side effects:   I felt extremely drugged and dopey. Could not drive at all while on this med. Also had extreme ankle and feet swelling and couldn't even wear shoes.
Comments:   See above

 

Lyrica review by 34 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Moderate Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   NEUROPATHY / ANKLOSING SPONDYLYTIS
Dosage & duration:   300 MG /DAY taken 2x day for the period of ONGOING
Other conditions:   SHINGLES
Other drugs taken:   RELAFEN
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Lyrica reduced the pain associated with my anklosing spondylytis when other therapies had failed. I had tingling, numbness, pain, and very limited movement in my arms and legs from A.S. after developing 6 moderate sized bone spurs on my cervical spine. It was severely limiting my ability to have any sort of life. I have tried almost every form of pain killer from OTC to narcotics with very limited effects. Lyrica works differently and I find that I can be RELATIVELY pain free. It does not totally eliminate the pain but what it does is make it bearable so that I can function. I could take more of it according to my doctor but I am more comfortable taking the lowest possible dose. I've noticed that I have no more tingling, very little numbness, and a greatly expanded range of motion without pain. I highly recommend this drug!
Side effects:   The treatment side effects are somewhat severe. The first dose I took almost immediately knocked me out! I was so out of it, loopy, sleepy, etc. that all I could do is sit around and then go to sleep! It didn't get better after a couple of doses and I originally stopped taking it. My doctor helped me build up a tolerance by stepping up the dosage over a week or so. That limited the side effects but I still find that if I miss a dose by even a couple of hours, I start going through withdrawal and start feeling AWFUL! I don't feel better until I get the dose! That is somewhat scary to me and keeps me from trying a higher dose but the benefits of having a "normal" life outweigh the side effects and I dont' know of any safer options to do that.
Comments:   Treatment details? I guess you are asking for how often, etc.? I am on ongoing therapy. I take one in the morning and one in the evening. I try to keep my dosage schedule very precise because I pretty quickly show signs of withdrawal if I miss any. It has allowed me to start physical therapy, which was previously unavailable because of the pain. I feel much better but this is an ongoing disease that is not curable only controllable so I don't know what the future holds and if the treatment will change...

 

Lyrica review by 46 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Fibromyalgia
Dosage & duration:   150mg taken 2x per day for the period of Still taking it
Other conditions:   None
Other drugs taken:   None
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Lyrica has made a huge difference with my fibromyalgia pain. I have had fibromyalgia for 13 plus years and was excited about the FDA finally approving Lyrica for fibromyalgia patients. I would recomend that anyone suffering from fibromyalgia try this medication, along with a healthy diet and exercise. Lyrica is not a cure, but I have improved probably 75% over this last year.
Side effects:   It took my body 3-4 weeks to get used to Lyrica. It did make me feel a little different "high" would probably be the best way to describe it. I have since adjusted and have had no further side effects.
Comments:   Started with 50 mg 2x a day (morning and afternoon), then gradually built up to 150mg 2x a day.

 

Lyrica review by 41 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Moderately Effective
Side effects:   Moderate Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Fibromyalgia
Dosage & duration:   150mg taken 50mg in the morning and 100mg before bed for the period of 11 month and still taking it
Other conditions:   Constipation
Other drugs taken:   flexeril
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   I feel alot less pain taking the Flexeril (only at night) and the Lyrica.
Side effects:   I feel sleepy and have days where in have trouble concentrating.
Comments:   For Fibromyalgia, in the morning I take half of a multi-Vitamin and 50mg of Lyrica. 5 days out of 7 days, I excercise for 20 to 30 minutes on a tredmill. In the evening, I take half a multi-Vitamin, 100mg of Lyrica, and 5mg of Flexeril

 

Lyrica review by 44 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Marginally Effective
Side effects:   Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Myofascial pain
Dosage & duration:   75 mg taken twice a day for the period of one week
Other conditions:   Problems with rotorcuff, left shoulder
Other drugs taken:   Robaxin, Darvocet
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   I did notice a slight decrease in the deep muscle pain that I normally experience. There was no pain relief from the shoulder pain and neck pain. No other benefits were experienced.
Side effects:   Form the onset I experienced a severe stabbing pain in my head followed by persistant headache for the remaining of the time i was on the medication. I was plagued with upset stomach, constipation followed by diahrea, loss of balance, and the inability to remember words. The night of the last day I took the medication I was unable to sleep due to the headache and therefore discontinued taking it.
Comments:   I was prescribed 75 mf of Lyrica to be taken twice daily for seven days with and increase to 150 twice daily to follow. Due to the side-effects I was experiencing my doctor discontinued this medication on the seventh day of treatment.

 

Lyrica review by 45 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Ineffective
Side effects:   Extremely Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Fibromyalgia
Dosage & duration:   75mg taken 2x a day for the period of 2 months 2 seperate times
Other conditions:   Back pain
Other drugs taken:   numerous
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   None!
Side effects:   I was extremely tired both 1 month times I tried this! I already was tired from FMS and this more than doubled. I had no relief of aches or pain! Nothing! But, I wanted to try it the second time just to be sure. Well, I am going to try it again. Gluton for punishment? NO! I want to find something to HELP Me! I want a better life without pain or less pain. But I don't want to be so tired I go from the couch to the bed all day long. This Fibromyalgia was a blow to My active life and I want it back!! So I'll write another review after this 3rd try of Lyrica!!
Comments:   See above

 

Lyrica review by 47 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Ineffective
Side effects:   Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Fibromyalgia
Dosage & duration:   25mg taken 1for 7 days then 2 for 7 days for the period of 4 days
Other conditions:   meniere's disease
Other drugs taken:   Cymbalta 60mg, Loestrin24, Triam/Hctz 37.5-25, Diazepam 5mg when needed, Naproxen 5mg when needed
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   I really could not give any results as I had a severe reaction to the medicine. I broke out in a rash on my elbow to my wrist area and also swelling of my eyes one morning. That is when I stopped taking it approx. 4 days into it.
Side effects:   A severe rash and I also had some swelling of my eye area.
Comments:   I was supposed to take it for 7 days once a night, then two pills for the next 7 nights but I never got that far.

 

Lyrica review by 49 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   fibromyalgia
Dosage & duration:   75mg. taken twice a day for the period of ongoing...2 years
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   wellbutrin, trazadone
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Muscle pain from fibromyalgia was reduced; able to more actively participate in life activities.
Side effects:   fatigue, decreased mental acuity, weight gain.
Comments:   Once I started taking Lyrica, it took a couple of weeks to gain full advantage of its benefits. Originally, I has been places on a dose of 200mg three times a day, which I believe what was recommended for fibromyalgia. The resultant relief of pain was pretty good. However, I found myself very tired and mentally dull. I switched doctors and was given the reduced dosage of 75mg. twice a day. Although my pain relief results have not been as good, I do still have some relief while at the same time being able to be more alert and functional.

 

Lyrica review by 51 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Marginally Effective
Side effects:   Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Fibromyalgia, Failed Back Syndrome
Dosage & duration:   150 mg taken twice a day for the period of 18 months+
Other conditions:   Chronic neck pain, back pain
Other drugs taken:   Opana, Ambien, Senna, Provigil, Cymbalta, Norco
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   It seemed to work at first, but then the side effects started. Fatigue, severe memory loss, poor decisions, urinary incontinence, personality changes (crabby, irritable, withdrawn). The hard part is I can't seem to get off this stuff!! The withdrawals are horrible, shakiness, feelings of doom, loss of appetite, nausea, palpitations. It scares me so much that I just start taking it again. I'm stuck!! Don't ever start this stuff, there is something wrong with it. I don't know if I will ever be myself again.
Side effects:   see above
Comments:   Lyrica 150mg twice a day

 

Lyrica review by 58 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Ineffective
Side effects:   Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   neuropathic pain aand fibromyalgia
Dosage & duration:   300mg/day taken 150mg twice/day for the period of 2 months
Other conditions:   severe spasms, severe osteoarthritis, migraines
Other drugs taken:   Klonopin, Ultram
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   None
Side effects:   Extreme swelling of face, hands and feet, as well as, raised welts on skin
Comments:   Patient was being weened off of 3600mg/day of Neurontin on to Lyrica. As the dosage taken of Neurontin lessened and that of Lyrica increased so did the side effects. Patient was taken totally off of Lyrica and, successfully, placed back on Neurontin.

 

Lyrica review by 46 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Complex Regional Pain Sydrome
Dosage & duration:   150mg taken twice a day for the period of 2 years
Other conditions:   Depression
Other drugs taken:   GenRix Fluoxetine
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   With the Lyrica It helps the pain.
Side effects:   With Lyrica I have put on a bit of weight, this is rather depressing so now on anti depressants. For now I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome and the pains are not too good each day.
Comments:   Lyrica is a good drug for pain in my hand/arm after an accident. If I dont take this drug my symptoms will only get worse. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome has changed my life, for I cant work anymore.

 

Lyrica review by 50 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Moderately Effective
Side effects:   Moderate Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Fibromyalgia
Dosage & duration:   100mg twice a day taken twice a day for the period of 2 weeks
Other conditions:   N/A
Other drugs taken:   omperzole, amitiza,trazadone
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   some pain relief recieved minimized pain when touched
Side effects:   signigicant swelling of hands and feet so significant and uncomfortable that I had to discontinue the medication regimine
Comments:   I started on 50mg twice aday with out any pain relief. The dosage was increased to 100mg twice a day with some pain relief but the side effects began

 

Lyrica review by 46 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   Moderate Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Pain in my legs
Dosage & duration:   100 mg taken three times per day for the period of 15 months
Other conditions:   CHF, Prinzmetal angina
Other drugs taken:   procardia, lasix
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   relieved the pain
Side effects:   swelling, weight gain, fatigue
Comments:   I was prescibed lyrica for pain in the leg. It was caused by an impinged nerve in my back. Since weight gain was a side effect of the medicine, although it did releive my pain, it made it harder for the swelling in my back to go down. In the end, I came off lyrica and immediately dropped 20 pounds and the nerve was no longer impinged.

 

Lyrica review by 63 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   fibromylgia
Dosage & duration:   5 0mg. taken 2 to 3 times day for the period of app. 4 yrs.
Other conditions:   arthritis- asteproesis
Other drugs taken:   zanaz- lorotab- pristiq
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   the benefits foe the pain was good, it helped the constant pain i was having in my muscles and the over all aching
Side effects:   sleepiness- fatigu memory loss- confusion-depression- trouble breathigng
Comments:   good relief from pain . i take 100mg. at bed time it helps me sleep well but am tired in the am. it makes me just want to lie on couch and sleep all day this makes my arthritis worse. am tired and draggy all day with no desire to do any thing, even the thing that have always interested me.am prescribed one 50g for daytimebut cannot tolerate it because i will sleep all day and be very light headed and unable to concentrate.

 

Lyrica review by 53 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Marginally Effective
Side effects:   Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   spinal nerve compression pain
Dosage & duration:   100 mg taken 3x daily for the period of 6 months
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   zanaflex & tramadol
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Perhaps a slight improvement in nerve pain
Side effects:   confusion, short term memory loss. It was like living in a fog.
Comments:   I took it 3 times daily to help reduce nerve pain from spinal compression that needs to be fused but I did not want another fusion yet so this was one of the medications they put me on when nuerontin at the levels I needed caused some of the same side effects as Lyrica;.

 

Lyrica review by 63 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   fibromylgia
Dosage & duration:   5 0mg. taken 2 to 3 times day for the period of app. 4 yrs.
Other conditions:   arthritis- asteproesis
Other drugs taken:   zanaz- lorotab- pristiq
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   the benefits foe the pain was good, it helped the constant pain i was having in my muscles and the over all aching
Side effects:   sleepiness- fatigu memory loss- confusion-depression- trouble breathigng
Comments:   good relief from pain . i take 100mg. at bed time it helps me sleep well but am tired in the am. it makes me just want to lie on couch and sleep all day this makes my arthritis worse. am tired and draggy all day with no desire to do any thing, even the thing that have always interested me.am prescribed one 50g for daytimebut cannot tolerate it because i will sleep all day and be very light headed and unable to concentrate.

 

Lyrica review by 19 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   Moderate Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Pinched nerves
Dosage & duration:   50mg taken 1x daily for the period of 2 months
Other conditions:   spondylolisthesis, chronic back pain
Other drugs taken:   naproxen
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Lyrica really helped my pinched nerves and radicuopathy in my legs. I would go to bed in terrible pain and sometimes couldn't even lie down because my lower back and legs would cause me so much discomfort. When I woke up I couldn't feel my legs and could barely walk. Lyrica makes it easy and painless to sleep and in the morning I can walk and drive without worrying if my legs will go numb.
Side effects:   After taking Lyrica I developed tinnitus. I started hearing Morse code, music, and running water. I was also checked for ear problems and schizophrenia and the tests were negative. It did cause some drowsiness and made it hard to get up in the morning for the fist two or three weeks, but overall it has been a blessing. No weight gain either, although my doctor did warn me it could happen.
Comments:   Take as recommended by your doctor.

 

Lyrica review by 37 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   fibromyalgia
Dosage & duration:   75 mg taken twice a day for the period of still taking
Other conditions:   thorasic outlet syndrome
Other drugs taken:   soma, morphine 12 hour
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Benefits where good with the Lyrica, I wish it controlled pain and inflamation more. However I could not go back to living without it, I would be a mess.
Side effects:   No side effects related to the Lyrica medication.
Comments:   The treament consisted of taking lyrica 75mg once in the morning and again a bed. Take the soma as needed and the morphine every 12 hours.

 

Lyrica review by 63 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   fibromylgia
Dosage & duration:   50. mg. per day taken 3 x day for the period of app. 4yrs.
Other conditions:   arthfitis -asteoprosis
Other drugs taken:   xanax- lorotab-
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   good unless a stop for a few days
Side effects:   trouble breathin- confusion- sleepiness- fatigue- depression
Comments:   am not sure the benefits are worth the side effeects. has caused a terrible change in my life style. the relief from the pain is good enjoying but the side effects keep me from enjoying the things i love, i just want to lie on the couch and sleeping all the time and the depression is terrible even though i take an antideppressant

 

Lyrica review by 42 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Moderate Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   fibromyalgia
Dosage & duration:   100 mg taken 50 mg 2 x day for the period of 9 months
Other conditions:   chronic migraine
Other drugs taken:   topamax, axert
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   I took lyrica for fibromyalgia and it relieved my symptoms within one week. I felt significantly better quite quickly, even after I had tried extensive physical therapy for my symptoms.
Side effects:   I suffer from chronic migraines and as I increased my dosage of Lyrica, it increased the frequency of my migraines. It also had sexual side effects, suppressing sexual drive.
Comments:   I started with 25 mg of lyrica and then increased by 10 mg every week.

 

Lyrica review by medical professional caring for 38 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Moderately Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   pain
Dosage & duration:   25 mg taken q 8 hrs for the period of 1 month
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   patient slept better patient had some decrease in pain
Side effects:   fatigue patient felt tired. this helped patient to sleep but prevented an increase in dose.
Comments:   patient tolerated the medication and continued to take. dose wasn't increased because of fatigue if pateint had tolerated medication better would have increased the dose. medicaction can be helpful for nerve pain

 

Lyrica review by care giver of 18 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Moderately Effective
Side effects:   Moderate Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   chronic pain
Dosage & duration:   100 mg taken twice a day for the period of 10 months
Other conditions:   Elhers-Danlos syndrome, Graves Disease, Endometreosis, Anxiety disorder
Other drugs taken:   tapazole, synthroid, zoloft, buspar, omperzole, necon
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   The treatment quieted the nerve endings givig them a chance to calm down from the chronic pain cycle. It allowed the nervous system to regulate itself properly again.
Side effects:   In the begining of treatment she was nauseas, dizzy, light headed, spacey, these symptoms decreased with time. She still gets what we call "lyrica head" on cloudy days. "Lyrica head" is a foggy feeling. Other patients taking lyrica that we have spoken to complain of this also.
Comments:   She has suffered from chronic joint pain and several dilocated or sublaxed bones and joints through out her life. About 18 months ago an orthopedic doctor treating her for another ligament injury looked at her history and saw a pattern and sent her to a geneticist who made a clinical diagnosis after doing some test. She was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome type 3. She was then referred to the pain clinic to get some help with the increasing pain from her condition. Their she met an anastheologist who prescribed Lyrica. She was started on a low dose and increased gradually and after some trial and error settled on 100 mg 2xday. The higher dose made her too spacey and light headed.

 

Lyrica review by 45 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Fibromyalgia
Dosage & duration:   150 mg taken 2 times daily for the period of 2 years
Other conditions:   spinal stenosis
Other drugs taken:   lexapro, effexor
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   lessening of nerve pain, decrease in depression. Medication will be increased as nessesary. Decrease in parathesis, shaking. Exercise is needed to truly relieve pain. Water based therapy can definetely add to releif from pain. Depression medication helps, relieving the other symptoms, and can increase sleep. In general all treatments, Lyrica, anti-depressants, muscle relaxers and exercise program (including stretching, weight-resistance, aerobic and endurance training and water excerises - this should be followed religiously) combined contribute to relieving pain, depression, control weight gain, and give patient back some resemblance of a normal live.
Side effects:   drowiness, lightheadedness.
Comments:   exercise, stretching, ect, see above

 

Lyrica review by 32 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Fibromyalgia and Myofacial pain
Dosage & duration:   75 mg taken twice daily for the period of 2 years
Other conditions:   hyperthyroidism
Other drugs taken:   Tramadol
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Nerve pain and muscle pain decreased significantly within the first couple days. Fibromyalgia was very debilitating for me but with Lyrica, I was able to go back to work and function normally. It helped with pins and needles, twitching, and muscle spasms. It also seemed to help with some of the anxiety I experienced.
Side effects:   Constipation mainly. I didn't gain or lose weight. A little dry eyes and mouth. I did have several colds the second year so it may have lowered my immunity. These side affects was worth the benefits for me
Comments:   I was first given 75 mg once a day and realized the medicine didn't last 24 hours so I started on twice daily doses and that helped. I needed a little more pain reliever and started Tramadol along with the Lyrica. I would take extra Tramadol if necessary, which provided relief at times when pain spiked.

 

Lyrica review by 46 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   Moderate Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Pain in my legs
Dosage & duration:   100 mg taken three times per day for the period of 15 months
Other conditions:   CHF, Prinzmetal angina
Other drugs taken:   procardia, lasix
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   relieved the pain
Side effects:   swelling, weight gain, fatigue
Comments:   I was prescibed lyrica for pain in the leg. It was caused by an impinged nerve in my back. Since weight gain was a side effect of the medicine, although it did releive my pain, it made it harder for the swelling in my back to go down. In the end, I came off lyrica and immediately dropped 20 pounds and the nerve was no longer impinged.

 

Lyrica review by 61 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Moderate Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Leg pain from compressed spinal cord
Dosage & duration:   150 mg qhs taken as prescribed for the period of 3weeks
Other conditions:   High blood pressure and depression
Other drugs taken:   Zoloft, diuril
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   I was unable to go up and down steps without acute pain and unable to stand long or walk for too long without pain becoming unbearable. I took my first dose of 100 mg at bedtime and woke up in morning feeling almost like a new person.Tremendous reduction in pain and spasms of leg with greater range of motion. After a day or two i had to increase the dosage as the knee started to stiffen up again making walking and steps difficult.
Side effects:   Side effects are sleeping very heavily and waking up beyond my usual time feeling a bit loopy. I am able to drive to work, but find it hard to verbalize during conversations and seem to be grasping for words at times, which is embarrassing in my field of work.i have also found myself to be quite unproductive at work,accomplishing anything seems to be a major chore.
Comments:   I have a 6 year history of ruptured discs cervical and lumbar with cord compression post MVA resulting in leg spasms, fasciculations and strong diffuse leg ache with limited range of motion.also weakness of both extremities and numbness in big toe. I am on 150mg qhs (once every night before bedtime). I supplement the lyrica with Aleve during the day.

 

Lyrica review by 48 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   Moderate Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   chronic pain
Dosage & duration:   300 mg taken twice a day for the period of 18 months
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   amitriptylene
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   I experienced a Reduction in my chronic pain by about fifty per cent once i was takiing the maximum dose of 300mg twice per day.I have this chronic pain for the past 19 years and have tried everything. This is the first time that anything has made any difference.
Side effects:   When I first started on the maximum dose of 300 mg twice a day I did experience dizziness,mild muscle twitching, short term memory problems and constipation. The dizziness and muscle twitching did ease off after about 6 weeks but I still have constipation and seem to have difficulty remembering certain things.
Comments:   I started on 50 mg twice daily and I was got no reduction in pain, my doctor gradually increased the dose to 300mg twice daily. Once I was on the maximum dose, I started to experience some dizziness etc as outlined above. However some of the Side effects became less obvious after about 6 weeks on the maximum dose. It was worth it because I was feeling a reduction in my pain levels for the first time in 19 years
 


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