I would like to find out how many here on lyrica are gaining weight. I have seen multiple sites on the internet with people gaining tons of weight, some saying they were even eating less, exercising more. Although it helped the pain some could not take the weight. I am an above knee amputee and have used a wheelchair for 13 years so it's even harder for me.I've endured 68 operations, 23 broken bones. Had 2 catastrophic accidents. Have tried 40 different medications for phantom limb pain. I will be trying a spinal cord stimulator soon. I eat so little as it is 500-650 calories a day. I can;t eat any less then that. Prior to starting lyrica 6 weeks ago I have also been taking methadone for my pain for 10 years and I have also seen multiple sites where people have gained tons of weight on that drug. The lyrica yes but the methadone surprised me. One construction worker gained 100 lbs in one year. What do you think about lyrica? Has anyone maintained, lost or gained and had anyone gained while eating the same or less? Also what about topamax. I know it can cause weight loss. Lyrica has helped my pain unbelievably but I don't want the weight gain.l It would be harder for me because I can't walk so my activity is less. Like I don't do extra stuff like shovel snow, rake leaves, sweep. I am totally independent and motivated. Work out on my total gym but don't have much energy when I have to eat so little to maintain my weight. This question has gotten pretty long. Thanks
Lyrica and Weight Gain? Yes or No?
- 27 Jan 2010 by snowgoer68
- lyrica, peripheral neuropathy, obesity, diabetic nerve damage, pain, reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome, epilepsy, persisting pain, shingles, fibromyalgia, generalized anxiety disorder, neuralgia, diabetic neuropathy, migraine prophylaxis, postherpetic neuralgia, weight
11 Jul 2010
I'm on Lyrica 150mg 3x a day. Since I started it middle to late Feburary, I have gained weight. I seem to eat more than usual and it is awful. I have gained approxmatley 15 pounds. I try to eat less, apples and salad but the weight just appears. I would stop it but it helps with the pain. If the weight gain continues though, I will stop it because I have nothing to wear anymore! Hope this helps. I also walk to work, back and forth from lunch and walk to the store. I can not exercise like I used to... treadmill etc. Some days I can hardly walk.
6 Sep 2010
When I was on 150mg 3xday, I found that my appetite inceased greatly and I was eating way more than usual. I tried to control it but that was very, very hard for me to do. So needless to say, I gained quite a bit of weight. Because of this, I have decreased my intake to one 150mg pill a day with of course my doctors approval. My appetite is now under control and I eat small normal portions. Before I started Lyrica searched online for the same question and the majority of people have had weight gain and dry mouth as the most common side effects and that has been true for me. Good Luck!
24 Jul 2013
Yes! I have been on Lyrica for about 6 months. I take 150mgs three times a day and I went from 132pounds to 172 pounds and my daily activity has not changed. I eat light and move around as best as I can but unfortunately the weigh continues to increase! I'm just as frustrated as you are!!
6 Jul 2012
Hi, I have what was untreated psoriatic arthritis several years ago, since then I have had 4 spine surgeries, knee and shoulder surgery to help fix some of the damage, currently my spine is collapsing and with the nerve damage coming from my spine they can not replace my knees and have opted not to repair my shoulders again, they both have shredded rotator cuffs. I was on Morphine and Loratabs then percocet for years, one day several months ago they told me there was no hope and from here on out all they could do was pain control. I researched and liked what I saw with tramadol and lyrica. So my pain doc took me off the morphine and added the lyrica and tramadol, Oh my gosh my pain level went to near zero, and my energy went thru the roof. I have put in a huge garden and work in the yard more than the last 3 years put together. Now the sad part, the new drugs are pushing my weight up, along with my blood pressure. I was devastated.
I am very heavy and can not gain any more weight as that will get me into a wheel chair even sooner, or I will stroke out, with 2 young children thats not much of an option either. Since I have been on lyrica, about 3 months I have gained 30 pounds. It is the strangest thing, my belly is full but still need to eat, its like by body isnt getting the right nutrients to be satisfied. And I am craving really bazaar things like cinnamon by the tablespoon fulls, onion sandwiches, and bananas by the bunches. I was in school to be an RN, and we learned when our bodies are craving something its because we are missing something in our diet, I eat a well balanced diet and very limit the chemicals that go in them, no prepackaged stuff... everything is homemade. I am just starting my research on this lyrca/weight thing and see if what kinds of changes we need to make in our diets or possibly be prescribed something to limit the side effect, I am really thinking it has something to do with the serotonin but not sure yet. If I find anything I will post it here. Oh, I do want to add I am active, between the garden the yard and then spend hours in the pool everyday and not eating anymore than I was...
3 Jun 2011
I also take lyrica, have taken it for about 2 years. i also have noticed weight gain. The pain relief to me is astounding and worth the hazard of gaining additional pounds. Not that I want to gain weight,I am already obese, I weigh 250lbs and I am 5ft2 but you have to accept thepro's with the con's. Good luck to you and god bless
12 Feb 2011
Hey Snowgirl68! Are you sure you didn't steal my profile? (HaHa Just kidding) Everydang thing you listed I have also except I still have both legs. Altho' I'd give up my right one anytime with all the pain it has caused me the past 44 years! To answer your question tho' about Lyrica, YES! I stopped smoking about the same time I started Lyrica, & thought it was the not smoking, but now truly believe it was the Lyrica. It's a bitch! I eat about 900 calories a day & gain weight! I have had to stop the Lyrica because of side effects of leg swelling & my face, but no weight loss yet. I gained about 30 lbs. I've been on Methadone for 11 years. Am trying to get off. Don't think that made me gain the weight tho'. Was on 50mg a day & weaned myself to 10 mg a day. Kind of scared to go to 5 mg. Been on the 10 mg for a year now. Don't know if I could handle all of the pain without anything except xanax.
Good luck & let me know if you get an answer that helps. Guess I wasn't much help, but at least you know you're not alone!
28 Jan 2010
i've been on lyrica for over a year now my dose now is 300mg. i can't stop gaining weight i've gained 30 pounds since june now that's not to say i've been watching what i eat carb wise i just can't stop eating i also have a lap band to control my weight i'm so disappointed with myself over the weight gain but the benefit from the lyrica and taking away alot of my pain is something i haven't been able to separate if anyone has any suggestions i would love to hear from you i see my pain management doctor on tuesday. i also take topamax but i never saw a change in my weight either way just relieve from my migraines maybe this hasn't helped you but at least it's in support of what your asking.
25 May 2010
I too, am taking Lyrica, 50 mg 3xday. I have had this pain in my neck, shoulders, and down my arms for the last five years. The Lyrica has helped, but the side effects are terrible. Swelling of my hands and feet, blurry vision and major weight gain, about 10 lbs a month. I am asking my Dr. if they can put me on something else to help with the firbromyalgia.
11 Nov 2010
yes i gained 100lbs on lyrica the year but my dose is 150mg 3x per day and the weight is coming off very rapidly within a 6 month period i lost the 100 lbs. I also had a gastric bypass 21 trs ago so i dont know if the high dose had anything to do with that and the gastic bypass, I will tell you this i wont give up this drug for anything else because it works for anxiety more than anything. I hope this imfo helps you. If you want to know anything more just ask or add me as a friend,
29 Jan 2013
Oh my I thought it was just me! I have recently been diagnosed with Primary Progressive MS with the added joy of epilepsy and my GP has put me on Lyrica. I am now taking 300mg twice daily and I have put on so much weight in 2 months and appear to have developed a wicked sweet craving too. I almost emptied our food cupboard in a day and wondered why! My GP says it's a side affect but I just don't want this. I cannot walk our dogs any more due to the MS so can't exercise like I used to. Is there an alternative drug that anyone knows of? I've also got the dry mouth and memory loss.
30 Mar 2013
I've been on lyrica 300mgs ( for 2 yrs) 3x a day, my neuropathy is so bad in my feet and gained 50lbs too. I am now on gabapentin 300 mgs 4x a day ( not as strong as lyrica) . swolen feet also one of my side effects. I am 6'4" 262 lbs and its hard walking. I applied for lyrica (a Pfizer co.) because unemployed and they set me up for 1 year at a time for the lyrica,, no charge thru a doctor at a clinic at all,, if that helps anybody.Only problem is sleep,can't cause still some pain. best of luck to anyone with these pain problems,, tmystr
18 Apr 2012
hi, I was on lyrica for awhile but they took me off it because it was causing alot of swelling in my face, I'm taking other drugs that causes weight at the same time some causes weight loss, so it dosen't matter my face will look like a basketball and I have edima in my legs pretty bad so i pretty much look like a whale most of the time, very frustrated. But I do know that Lyrica dose cause wieght gain.
I am so sorry about all your difficultys here I am with major rsd and lost function of my right arm and hand and tying to learn to use my left hand no luck and my right leg just drags now and i fall all the time, and hearing your story makes me feel bad. I have learned how much we take things for granted until we loose function of everyday tasks. I lay in bed and when the pain becomes so unmanigable that i just keep praying asking God to take me. You are an insperation to me, and I will keep you in my prayers.
God Bless you,
25 May 2011
The methadone has caused me to gain over 100 pds. so if you didn't gain much weight on that medication then whatever the LYRICA will do will be very minor? I used to be on both, but the methadone slowed my metabolism down so much I had problems with urinary & bowels ever since then. I wished I would have never got on the medication. BUT, they don't give poor folks many choices. It's either get on it or suffer. I didn't want to use illicit drugs to kill my pain anymore. SO,let me know how it goes. I wanted to know I am off all drugs except for the methadone for pain now. I am looking into other options so I can get off that drug. It's been too long (over 5yrs). I hope that you will do well as can be exspected, sounds like you deserve some relief now.
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