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6.8/10 Average Rating

218 Ratings with 184 User Reviews

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Reviews for Lyrica to treat Fibromyalgia

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Review by Shelle518 (taken for 2 to 5 years): User Rating:  
   
5.0

It helped with the pain but every few months the doctor would have to increase the dose for me to have relief. Bad side it caused weight gain.

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February 26, 2014 1:05 AM
Review by Leesawmay (taken for 1 to 6 months): User Rating:  
   
7.0

I had put off taking Lyrica because I was afraid of the side effects. Eventually my nerve pain got to the point where I had no choice. It was completely debilitating. Searing burning pain with no relief. Pain meds didn't touch it. I couldn't sleep because the pain was that bad. My clothes hurt. Soft feather light brushes against my skin stung and BURNED for minutes after contact (more intensely than the consistent present burning). After about three weeks on Lyrica I finally found relief from the worst of it. What I am left with as far as the burning goes is completely tolerable (of course it does nothing for my other symptoms). I'm grateful I caved but am concerned about weight gain & significant cravings for sweets.

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February 24, 2014 10:28 PM
Review by florabryn (taken for 1 to 6 months): User Rating:  
   
8.0

I have found I have an increased urge to eat sweet foods. I have tried to control this by eating fruit. However, this does not stop the craving for sweets. Also I have noticed an increased thirst and less urination. Further I have been able to stop using morphine patches and taking Mersyndol Forte since starting Lyrica. The lessening of pain has enabled me to sleep better

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February 18, 2014 8:28 PM
Review by missbones (taken for 1 to 6 months): User Rating:  
   
8.0

I have had fibromyalgia for as long as I can remember. The pain was so bad 6 months ago from too much stress that I wasn't sleeping which made it worse. I had to quit my job and I would just lay in bed and cry moving my heating pad all around my body. It was a nightmare. I wanted my life back. I found a doctor to do all the tests and diagnose me. I tried gabapentin first and did nothing for me and I was a zombie so we switched to Lyrica. I take 300mg a day. It's not perfect ALL the time. Some days I am back in pain. And three days before my period I'm in a lot of pain. It has also helped my anxiety and insomnia. For me, the dizziness went away after a month. And the other side effects are minimal.

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January 12, 2014 3:02 AM
Review by Alice Mabe (taken for 1 to 2 years): User Rating:  
   
10

I found this to be very effective in treating the after effects of double fusion of cervical vertebrae. Then I found I was having less difficulty with fibromyalgia. I was on 3 a day and only side effect was weight gain.

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January 5, 2014 5:12 PM
Review by Louraine: User Rating:  
   
1.0

It turned me into a walking zombie. I couldn't remember anything & I would be in the middle of a sentence and start saying crazy stuff. It wasn't for me.

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December 12, 2013 4:40 AM
Review by Popjewel45: User Rating:  
   
10

I have had fibromyalgia for years but the last 3 years its been a nightmare. I ache all day and at night when you are supposed to get into bed and relax you can't as it feels like you are are a car engine that's been started up and can't turn it off. Your body feels active and you can't relax, I find my teeth are clenched or my hand, or my foot. So had enough three weeks ago took to my bed for three days crying, depressed, I take tramadol everyday, venlafaxine for anxiety, none of which take it away. So went to doctors she said give this ...all I can say is at present I have been on it for three weeks I now remember what a good nights sleep is , I can switch the engine off and actually properly relax its wonderful.

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December 12, 2013 3:50 AM
Review by gettinsmarter: User Rating:  
   
2.0

I was taking 50mg Lyrica every 2 hrs or sooner each day; while it did seem like I had more energy and could work a little longer before resting, the pain never stopped or lightened up. Lyrica amitriptyline did help me sleep better. I quit taking Lyrica and started taking gabapentin 300mg 3Xper day and the pain lessened a lot, and sleep is better and some of the brain fog is gone.

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November 22, 2013 4:16 PM
Review by ksmarti (taken for less than 1 month): User Rating:  
   
4.0

Hi. I have been on methotrexate 10 pills once a week and embrel injection 50mg once a week and now added Lyrica 50 mg 2 x a day. Told I have RA, and fibromyalgia. But even with these great meds I feel bad. From my waist to botton of my feet I hurt so. I do see my legs are swelling so very large and skin gets tight it hurts to walk. I dont know what else to do. I work and am on my feet all day. I go up and down the stairs at home I try to get extra walks in going around the blocks. But it hurts too bad. Im very tolerant to pain but this is to the point of no return. I feel bad for my family that maybe I'm a burden. And if I feel this way now how will I feel if I'd ever need some one to help me with everyday chores and hygiene. They may not see

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October 26, 2013 10:59 PM
Review by hope this helps (taken for 2 to 5 years): User Rating:  
   
10

I have been taking it for about a year now, I only have one negative comment the withdrawl is horrible. I have no pain,I sleep well, my bipolar disorder is under control.my feet do swell every so often, I think it is a very good medicine to try .I also take 200mgs 3x a day the max dosage is 600 mg a day

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October 23, 2013 1:17 PM
Review by Wendy Tapping (taken for 2 to 5 years): User Rating:  
   
10

I was diagnosed with Degenerative disc disease in 1999, and then in 2009 I was diagnosed with Spinal Stenosis, Neuropathy & Sciatica. I was practically crippled and couldn't walk by 2011. My Doctor decided to try me on Lyrica and I can say with 100% truth and honesty that 4 days after I started it, on just 75mgs a day, I can walk again. I am still walking now in 2013 but just in short jaunts. I'm glad this pill exists.

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September 30, 2013 3:43 PM
Review by Liz1980 (taken for 2 to 5 years): User Rating:  
   
7.0

I have had fibromyalgia since I was 27. I was put on Lyrica at age 31 to help with the severe pain that I have (and I also have nerve damage in my toes due to an unknown cause- I'm not diabetic). The medicine is astoundingly good for me at combating depression, anxiety, overall body pain & morning stiffness. It takes higher doses of Lyrica to feel pain relief for most people with Fibromyalgia- those who say it doesn't work have often only tried it at <300mg a day. I take 300mg twice a day. The only bad side effect is weight gain- 100lbs. (And I'm naturally overweight to begin with, so this was terrible). It did eventually stop making me gain, but I have to eat less and work out more than everyone else I know, just to maintain my weight, let alone lose.

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August 20, 2013 10:34 AM
Review by Lucky Star: User Rating:  
   
10

I was prescribed Lyrica for fibromyalgia. The first hour after I took Lyrica I felt better and at night, I slept like a dream. I was on for a total of two weeks in which time I started feeling bloated and put on weight. I am a heart patient and I started getting angina. My blood pressure started to raise. I started getting headaches. My only wish was that I could have continued taking Lyrica as the fibromyalgia pain was gone. But I'll just have to keep looking.

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August 18, 2013 10:32 PM
Review by nursericnic (taken for less than 1 month): User Rating:  
   
10

The first night I took Lyrica I slept 9 hours. Got out of bed without any pain. This has been a lifesaver for me. I am so happy with the results. I am only on 50mg at night. Not seeing a reason to increase the dose yet.

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August 13, 2013 10:34 PM
Review by Emankcin: User Rating:  
   
1.0

I would give it a 10, then a 1. At first the medicine worked GREAT but then 30 days later it just quit. After a few months I gave up on it, I occasionally retry the medicine but no luck.

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August 10, 2013 11:57 PM
Review by danacomplaina: User Rating:  
   
8.0

I've been struggling with deep muscle and bone pain. After trying Vicodin, tramadol, gabapentin and more I can't even remember, my new doctor gave me a Lyrica sample. For the first time in four years, I was able to get out of bed with no pain. It's changed my life.

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August 9, 2013 1:11 AM
Review by browneyedlana (taken for 1 to 6 months): User Rating:  
   
3.0

This medicine reduced the pain but immediately caused severe swelling of the legs and feet.I also had constant dizziness.I could not tolerate the swelling and weight gain.

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July 17, 2013 2:09 PM
Review by Workingonit (taken for 1 to 2 years): User Rating:  
   
8.0

I was taking only 75mg per day of Lyrica for Fibromyalgia pain. I found it to be very helpful to me and helped me to get much needed rest at night. I took my dosage at night 2 - 3 hours before bed. My only issue with it was there were occasions where I felt a little "spacy" but overall, the pain left and I was able to carry out most of my day without significant pain. It was a very low dosage, so a lot of the side effects that some people experience could be from taking a much larger dosage. I am no longer taking it because I lost my insurance and can't afford the cost. However, I was told about Neurontin, will be starting it tomorrow and hoping to get some similar relief.

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July 9, 2013 10:54 PM
Review by Butterfly2712 (taken for less than 1 month): User Rating:  
   
8.0

I suffer from fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis and surgically induced menopause. I am 40 years old. I have tried all medicines like Cymbalta, etc. but none really helped. My main issue has been a lack of deep restorative healing sleep as it exacerbates the fibromyalgia pain and inability to exercise. My Rhematologist has given me Lyrica to try and I have to say so far so good. I have only taken 3 doses and already I am getting a better quality sleep. So much so that my husband has noticed my improved overall state of mind. I am a little cloudy the next day but I am hoping this will ease over time. Worth the cost of a cup of coffee a day if it helps!

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June 17, 2013 6:44 PM
Review by Ms Teddy (taken for less than 1 month): User Rating:  
   
9.0

Diagnosed with fibromyalgia 6 years ago, I've tried many antidepressants and pain killers. I have been in withdrawal of Tramal and replacing it with Lyrica. I see it as my salvation when compared to some of the medications I have taken over the years. YES, withdrawal from any form of medication is horrific and with uncertainty and discomfort. I personally am prepared to go through this horrible time to give Lyrica it's chance to work and improve my life, as I have seen an improvement already. Thanks to those who worked so hard to make this medicine for those of us who need it, know that your work is appreciated.

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May 19, 2013 6:02 AM
Review by Worldlrnr: User Rating:  
   
9.0

I have been on Lyrica for almost a year now and can say that it has helped tremendously. I am very active in trying to keep the fibromyalgia pain as controlled as possible and just not been able to get to a plateau of any type. After a rough adjustment period of about 5 wks I noticed a drastic change in fibro pain. I have gained a significant amount of weight but over the last three months have been able to maintain. Now I am able to start losing the weight but have to be very careful to not take in complex carbohydrates or sugars in afternoon or evening. I have gone to an almost vegetarian style diet and have noticed that the weight just starts to come off with ease but slowly. My balance and vision are the only consistent side effects that I have.

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May 13, 2013 9:29 PM
Review by t.cartwright_8630 (taken for 2 to 5 years): User Rating:  
   
7.0

I was having terrible back pain and chronic all over pain when I started Lyrica. It has helped me a lot but I still have the occasional flare up. I also take Neurontin with Lyrica and this combination does a pretty decent job of helping with my pain. I have tried Cymbalta and had a horrible 3 days of dizziness that almost caused me to hit a parked car. I was trying to suck it up and go to work but ended up on the couch the entire time because every time I sat up the world spun and I felt so disoriented and off balance like I had been drinking. I am very skeptical to try anything else because of the Cymbalta episode.

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May 5, 2013 8:55 PM
Review by Catmom (taken for less than 1 month): User Rating:  
   
1.0

I have fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis. I took one Lyrica pill and it caused me to hallucinate. I was afraid to take another one so I had my pharmacist dispose of the medicine for me.

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May 3, 2013 5:44 PM
Review by krismichelle: User Rating:  
   
6.0

This medicine worked pretty well for me. I didn't realize how well it worked until I went off of it before getting pregnant. The thing I didn't like about it though was that it always made me feel like I was in a cloud. My thinking wasn't clear. I would get dizzy. I didn't notice too much of a weight gain, but there was some. In the end, I chose to try a different med (Savella) after my daughter was born and have been happier with that. Still works and fewer side effects.

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April 11, 2013 1:14 PM
Review by X Cybalta user (taken for less than 1 month): User Rating:  
   
9.0

I had to stop taking Cymbalta because my insurance would no longer cover it. After 2 months of increasing pain to the point I cried all day my Dr prescribed Lyrica after my suggestion. I think after about the 3rd day my pain had decreased dramatically. On the day I went to the Dr, my pain level was 10 and after 4 days of 75mg in morning and evening I would probably rate my pain level of 2. I hope this continues.

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April 4, 2013 5:33 PM
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