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
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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.
24 Oct 2010
I have Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome among a host of other nasty illnesses. I have had them for over 27 years. I like you, was on Lyrica and I had to stop it because of the weight gain and water gain. Lyrica is known for it's weight gain although I know fellow FMS sufferers who swear by it. I personally take Cymbalta and it works great. I also have a spinal cord stimulator and it works wonderfully. If you would like to talk about the stimulator
My name is Karen.
10 Jan 2011
Hi their, I just wanted to respond and let you know that I gained 50lbs. I have been taking Lyrica for almost 9 months. So, of course the weight gain has now led me into a depression!! Ughh.. So frustrating!! It has helped with the pains I must say") I'm about to switch to a different medicine a friend told me about, which she says works way better than Lyrica and you don't gain weight. It's Neurotin generic name is gabapentin!!! She swears by it") hope this helps ya out!! GOod Luck with everything!! God Bless")
21 Oct 2010
wow lots of responses, so ill try to keep it short. lyrica did cause weight gain for me, but my pain and mood while on it is fantastic. and energy was pretty good too. the weight gain seemed too much, so i am presently trying other anticonvulsants, but not sure if they are as good. topamax on the other hand, helped pain, and helped mood a little bit, but made me an insomniac, and couldn't sleep or had trouble sleeping for about 5-6 days while on it. it's definitely a good drug though for some people. i didnt lose weight while on it.
12 Nov 2011
I have been on and off lyrica 3 times now. Each time I gain a few pounds, and then when I come off, the weight comes off. I use it during the bad times of the year, which for me is during the summer here in Fl The weather pressure changes effect me a whole lot, and the Lyrica helps. I have RSD and Fibromyalgia.lheck
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???
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
26 Sep 2011
Dear Snowgoer68, My heart goes out to you. I understand how it is when you can't exercise, are restricted to a wheelchair and need to eat to survive. But 500-600 calories are too few. Your body will hold onto the weight because it thinks it's starving, which it is. You need at least double that amount, possibly triple, just to keep your heart, brain and other organs healthy. In addition, being in the chair atrophies your muscles, decreases your bone density and impairs your balance. You need protein! You need to eat, honey, to keep healthy. I've just lost all the weight I gained on Lyrica and the other fibro drugs and I did it on 1200-1500 calories a day after a nutritionist and a personal trainer talked me into increasing my caloric intake. They explained to me that too few calories can actually put on weight because it alters my metabolism and "set point". Eat, just eat good stuff. Lots of vegies and lean protein. Good luck to you.
12 Feb 2011
I was on lyrica for 2 years and although it helped the pain I gained a lot of weight. I decided, because of cost and the fact I developed diabetes (another side effect) I would quit taking it. As soon as I quit I started losing weight. I lost 27 lbs and was back at my normal weight and stabilized there. My legs swelled as did my hands..I even noticed the difference with my shoes. So as far as I am concerned lyrica bears watching. Make sure you get your blood sugar levels checked from time to time...
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
12 Jun 2011
Definitely yes on the weight gain. I have been on Lyrica for a year now and I have gained almost 30lb! I take it for spinal stenosis and it does help. I have stopped cortisone shots. But with all this weight it isn't going to help! Let me know how you do. I am curious to see what others think too.
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
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.
17 Apr 2012
Add me to the list! I, too, take Lyrica, 50 mg, 3xday. Have developed pain in my neck, shoulders, both wrists, and tingling down my right arm for the past couple months. I agree - the side effects are terrible! Major weight gain, some swelling in my hands and feet, and blurry vision at times. After talking to the pharmacist earlier this morning about the potential side effects, I just notified my doctor that I intend to stop taking the Lyrica. I have been diagnosed with firbromyalgia and have degenerative arthritis. Also, am upset because I went thru lap-band surgery a little over a year ago, lost a considerable amount of weight, stepped on the scale this a.m., and discovered every pound is back, plus a couple extra - even tho I have decreased my food intake and water is my drink of choice!! Very discouraged. Guess it's a two-edged sword ... live with the pain or try to find that elusive miracle drug.
- Lyrica Information for Consumers
- Lyrica Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Lyrica (detailed)
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