My 18 year old daughter has been on 150mg of Lyrica 3x a day for 2 months for nerve pain in her foot after a stingray injury and 2 surgeries. Her nerve pain is gone and the side effects of Lyrica are really effecting her. How important is it to wean off the Lyrica very slowly? Are there withdrawal symptoms that people experience?
16 Sep 2012
It's more important that than the original care she received. Contact the prescribing physician and advise of the situation, follow the instructions for decreasing to the letter. The more time and the more gradual the better. The sides she is experiencing now are pure joy compared to what the consequences and WD from stopping to fast/on your own can be. Just my 2-cents, hope it helps.
16 Sep 2012
Yes, she could experience some mild withdrawal if she doesn't take a week to 10 days to taper off the Lyrica. Symptoms of withdrawal from Lyrica may include agitation, mood swings and possible diarrhea. There is no need to go through a long taper process, but reducing her daily dosage by 150mgs every 3 -4 days should be sufficient to avoid withdrawals.
17 Sep 2012
Hi mom2jjc - I hope you are well and that you are enjoying your experience here at DC. Your post caught my attention so I wanted to chime in here as well.
If your daughter has the 75mg capsules and did the typical tapering "up" to get at her clinical dose... she would do the reverse in tapering "off". So she would reduce something like this:
Every 2 days reduce her dose by ONE, 75mg capsule until she is off.
If she has 150mg capsules I would suggest she take it like this:
Every 2 days reduce her dose by ONE, 150mg capsule until she is off. Sometimes they recommend a slightly slower taper, too. If she wants to do that then "EVERY 3 DAYS... REDUCE INGESTION BY ONE, 150MG CAPSULE...
If she has any withdrawal symptoms... she can ask her doctor for a mild or low dose of diazepam or clonazepam. Neither of these meds has a propensity toward withdrawal symptoms when taken for less than 3 weeks.
Good luck and I hope your daughter recovers soon and back to her same self quickly.
- Lyrica Information for Consumers
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- Side Effects of Lyrica (detailed)
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