My doctor wants me to try it again at the low 50mg at night,but not sure how fast it will work. I have sleep disorder an cant go to sleep on my own since auto accident,plus I have fibromyalgia,arthritis,CFS,nerve pain,severe back/neck pain,just to name a few. So I need help to sleep so body can get rest to help my pain. But I mainly need pain relief as it is getting very bad in my feet,hands and other joints. I could no longer work since 2006 and most meds make me sick or have other bad side effects, so I am scared to try anything or doctors have given up on me,but I have to get some relief so I can enjoy life again. I am now 58 and missing out on my new grandkids. So any help on when to take the Lyrica at night would be most helpful. Thanks an God bless~
22 Mar 2013
I have been taking Lyrica for the past three years. What works for me is 50mg three times a day. I also have insomnia. If I take 150mg @ bedtime, I usually sleep all night and wake up feeling great. However, the med seems to wear off in the early afternoon. It all depends on your body chemistry as to how this and any other meds affect you. Some people can take this med only at bedtime. Like you, I have other medical issues, but this med helps with the pain in my neck, back, and legs, along with the fibro. Good Luck and let us know how you are doing.
4 Mar 2013
What time is bedtime? It will be trial and error so you may need at least two nights if not more to adjust. I'm not sure how quick the onset is but I would give at least 30 minutes to an hour before you will feel sleepy..everyone is different so one can't be certain,but hope this was a little helpful... blaze22
4 Mar 2013
Wow, I can relate with most of your med issues & also an auto accident in 2006. I've been on Lyrica since about 2007. I experienced a lot of side effects but got thru them with time. At first my MD had me taking some in the am & hs (hour of sleep) & that was fine. Then later on a new MD for me wanted me to take it all (300 mgs) at HS b/c of the sedative effect. I have terrible insomnia so this didn't help with that at all. Most recently my new neurologist whose credentials are amazing as well as my own experience just talking with him. He was stern in telling me that this type of med works most effectively 3times a day. So I'm back to that. Haven't noticed any major difference but that was just about a month ago. I think all md's are different in their approach & with what the newest literature reports. And, most importantly we are all different.
My opinion is that it takes awhile for your body to adjust to Lyrica & start experiencing its fullest benefits. Some people do get sedated at first so maybe taking it at night will help you. 50mg is the starting dose with the highest being 600mg (if I'm correct). Titrating up slowly will probably help you avoid bad side effects. Honestly, your doc knows best but if u want personal accounts about being on Lyrica I'm happy to answer more specific questions! While adjusting to Lyrica was difficult at times it has tremendously helped lower my pain. Others find the side effects intollerable (like my husband & many others in this online support group, but Neurotin (gabapentin) works for them plus since its generic its really cheap. Anyways, good luck. I hope this helps & i hope you feel better soon!!! ~ Di
4 Mar 2013
If you're taking it for sleep, I would suggest taking it 1-2 hours before bedtime, long enough to give it time to kick in, but not long enough for your body to get used to the drowsy sensation at which point it would become more difficult to fall asleep. Personally, it never made me sleepy, neither does gabapentin, which I currently take, but I've heard many people state that it makes them drowsy, so it may work very well for you.
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I rarely get more than two others sleep before waking with pain (flu like pain) every night. Feel I never get any restorative sleep time.
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