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
27 Jan 2010
When I first started Topamax I lost 14lbs quickly but it did not last long It came right back as far as lyrica is concerned well I took that with topamax and I believe that was the reason why I stopped loosing. I hated both meds the side effects well too much for me. First of all you are not eating enough calories your working out and doing the right things you body is in starvation mode and holding on to that weight to survive. I did the same thing you are doing and it proved to be right. Eat normal good food. No empty calories. I stay on white meat and fish Green veggies and watch how you cook them I will continue this in a few gotta run out but I will add more soon
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.
28 Jan 2010
I cannot give you a response to the medication in question, but I am just concerned for you overall because of all the pain you must be in. I live in Michigan and they have passed a medical marijuana bill, and to me it seems like you could be the type of person medical marijuana is supposed to treat and help. I am not a person who smokes or who ever has even tried that, and I hope I am not offending you by any means, but if you have gone through that many drugs to no avail, and you are in a state where it is legal, perhaps medical marijuana would be a step for you to try?
Please, before anyone bashes me, let's not make this a political forum and open it up to what everyone believes in. This is merely a suggestion to someone who needs hope. I myself don't know for sure if it is a true option, but these boards are here to offer help.
I wish you the best in finding help for your pain, and am saddened that you've had to endure so much hardship in your life.
12 Feb 2010
Hey snowgoer68, I guess the short answer is a big YES. 4 years ago I developed a severe case of Shingles. It started on my left side just about my ribcage as a sharp pain. It feels like the tip of a knife being press hard..and every once in a while someone twists the knife and the sharp pain shoots into my body hard. Eventually the pain went all the way from my back to my bellybutton..developed into big blissters and eventually scars. Now it is back to just my side but it's constant... 24/7... all the time... no break.
I say all that to tell you that I'm now on 4800 mgs/day of Lyrica, Methadone 10mgs/5 times/day, Lortab as needed and my favorite is Ambien/as much as I can get ;-). I've also had SCS, Intercoastal Nerve Blocks, Epidurals, Microwave ablation and all the Eastern Medicines. I've been diagnosed wrong on several occasions and put in jail for DUI(no alcohol or weed) and drug abbuse(just scripts).
I've gained more than 50lbs and stopped doing EVERYTHING! Berfore I got this I was hitting the gym twice a day, benching 400lbs and standing at 9% body fat. Now I do nothing. I know this is depressing but it's honest. These drugs are killing me but I've been off them and the constant pain is like torture... and when you put the sleep deprevation on top of it... it's unbearable. I'm caught between a rock and a hard place. I know this is a long answer but I've tried almost everything you've mentioned... if I can help you learn about any of it please just ask.
12 Apr 2010
I have had Fibro for 2 1/2 yrs now. I have a conventional doctor and a Homeopathic doctor. I have tried Thyroid meds, organic, and finally gave in to Lyrica. Everything I read about the Lyrica was they gained on avg of 40 lbs. Not a good thought on my small body frame. Long story short... i gained 15 lbs in two mths. I didnt feel it was helping any - went off the Lyrica, too many side effects. People either love it or hate it. I do take fish oil, magnesium, and 10mg of Elavil at bed time to help me sleep. In January I started seeing an exercise trainer twice a week. She started me off just going through the motions. Didnt want me to over do it and get discouraged. If you have been exercising thats great. Keep it up. She then introduced me to Isotonix OPC-3. Basically its liquid vitamins. It comes in a powder form you mix in just oz's of water. It fights off the free radicals that attack your body. I started taking it in January of this year.
Two capfuls in the am and two in the pm. for 30 days (she called it a loading dose). Then back down to one capful twice a day. It took about a month, but I'm telling you what..I feel so much better!!! Not sure if its the combination of exercising and the OPC-3 but Im not dropping either one to find out. I still have the sore muscles but I dont ache like I did. I have more energy. Im not exhausted by 7:00 pm. Im enjoying working in the yard again. Please look it up and give it try. Look up the testimonials and read for yourself. I have never believed in something as strongly as I do this. Market America sells it. Or I can give you my contact. It helps so many illness's. They have other vitamins in this form also. My trainer said its the closest thing to an I-V. Please take the time to look it up. Everyone here. Take care and God's Speed. Sincerely reedeli.
15 Apr 2010
Most people I've known that have taken Lyrica have gained weight; most recently my Aunt/age 73 with Fibro, Scoliosis, RA, Osteoporosis, Gout, and recently infection made worse by previous use of Lyrica (also due to vascular problems) had a finger amputated.
She has gained about 20lbs when she was only on the drug for 3 months. Even after going off of it, she kept gaining weight.
I have had RSD for almost 11yrs now due to a MVA. I could not bear any weight on my right foot for 2yrs even with PT. I finally got well enough to use a cane but the disease has spread on the right side of all my body but my arm and hand. I do not have it on the left side yet but it won't surprise me as it is a matter of when; not if.
I was diagnosed at 3mos and at the time of injury was 5'2" and 125lbs. In the 2yr period I got up to 185lbs and medications had just as much to do with it as being sedentary.
I changed meds and the weight fell off of me until I got to about 135lbs and then I had to work to lose the rest of it.
Personally I feel Methadone is a cheap but not effective way to treat RSD. It was given to me early on but my pain doctors found I am allergic to almost every pain drug there is. I am on a strong narcotic that is long lasting and doesn't cause weight gain and since I was so young when I got this incurable disease (there are no cures unless you are diagnosed early in this day and age; not back in 1999 when I was) I have remained on the same dosage as I fear the full body spread and that I can't take other medications.
You have more going on than just RSD and I understand as none of us are alike that some people have to take more meds for different reasons.
Methadone I have read is stronger than Heroin and mostly given to addicts at clinics; not pain patients.
I would see if there are other medications for pain your doctor is willing to try like a long acting narcotic. I am also allergic to Morphine so that takes out most of the better acting pain meds that I can never use.
I hope this helps and please be careful with the SCS implant. I know pain pumps flip and the SCS trial version verses the real thing is very different to everyone I've ever spoken to that has had it.
I'm not saying it won't help you but I do warn about having surgeries every 3yrs or less to replace leads and wires that grow into your body's tissue.
I just hope that you are well aware of the truths about SCS implants.
Because of pain I normally don't want anymore than the caloric intake you describe above as I am just not hungry often but I force myself to eat.
Medications can really be a problem especially when mixed together.
My prayers are with you
17 Apr 2010
I have severe back problems (broken back) which has resulted in 2 surgeries. The most recent surgery has caused nerve damage/badly bruised nerves! The pain is extreme and taking lorecet and soma is only helping a little - doc had me try neurontin and this did no good today he started me on lyrica 50mg three times a day (so I have no idea yet if it will help) QUESTION: is the weight gain due to the medication making you hungry or does it just mess with your meabolism? I am like the others and don't eat much and I used to be a very active person (until this last surgery). Thanks for your help
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.
4 Jun 2010
Hi snowgoer68, I have been on lyrica for about 6months yes it does make you gain weight and i take 150mlg 3xper day which is alot and i di notice some weight gain but it has tapered off by staying busy and eating the right foods i have acually lost 22lbls in the last 6 wks. I do not exersise often because my legs are in so much pain. so you will notice weight gain but eat write, because this medication has an antiexiety in it it helps you deal with Pain. Methadone huh???
4 Jun 2010
I posted to this before now but have since seen my 1st pain doctor who was trained by the Mayo Clinic and is by far the best pain doctor I've ever seen.
I was offered Lyrica and refused it after seeing what it did to my Aunt and others. If you read the label or anything online about Lyrica, it always states that weight gain is likely. I think it is the med; not metabolism.
This doctor I just saw recently told me that Lyrica is for Fibro only and something he wouldn't prescribe to many people.
He also stated he was happy that I never had the spinal cord stimulator as that would have only aggravated my condition; RSD/CRPS; 11yrs on 6/30.
He said that SCS only works in about 1 in 4 patients. That is a 75% fail rate.
He used to do it but no longer believes in it.
I try to stay at no more than 800 calories and eat better but not regular enough as my pain makes me not want to eat. I should eat in the mornings but just can't.
For constipation I had a CPN tell me year ago to use hot coffee or tea; whichever I preferred along with eating applesauce and fiber mixed together or separate. That has helped that problem and I also try to not take my AM meds until I have a bowel movement which is painful but so is not having a BM for days on end.
It helps more than anything else has but there are still times I can not have a BM for a day or more. It is the Methadone in the dose you are on causing this most likely.
I hate to say it but I do not believe in Methadone for pain treatment. It is the cheapest option but nowhere near the safest. My 1st pain doctor just told me this also that he doesn't believe in using that for pain because it is SO dangerous; worse than the long acting narcotics for your health.
You would be better off on either a long acting narcotic like a Morphine pill or Oxycontin in low doses than Methadone. If you ever go off Methadone, it takes over 1 1/2yrs to fully detox. That is not the case with the other long acting narcotics as long as they aren't abused.
With that type of med they usually prescribe hydrocodone or Percocet as a "breakthrough pain med" to use as needed in between the time released doses of the other long acting ones usually only needing the long acting ones twice a day.
I pray you find a doctor who is more informed and understanding. That is why I went back to my 1st pain doctor who helped me more than anyone else and he believes once you have had chronic pain for so long, you should no longer be in pain management but with a doctor to take care of your overall health and pain. He is going to find me a GP or Internal medicine doctor and get me out of pain management for good.
I hope this helps
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!
30 Sep 2010
I have to say yes and also hair loss i have had both with it i only take aspren with my lyrica to help pain but i don't like pain meds and it does help with pain and if your on pain meds that long what is the differanc for the other things i have been in pain from the age of 5 and i am 55 now but try to get away from any thing hard any pain is to much pain as far as i see but doctors are to easy to give pain meds and not realy help
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