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Lyrica review summary

6.9/10 Average Rating

225 Ratings with 193 User Reviews

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Reviews for Lyrica to treat Fibromyalgia

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Review by Downunderlad (taken for less than 1 month):

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9.0

I have been on Lryica for 2 1/2 weeks now. I take 1 x 75mg capsule morning & night. I suffer from back, buttock, leg & feet pain from a 360 degree double spinal fusion of L4-L5 & L5 & S1 done 20 years ago. Nerve pain is now ruining my life. However since being on this medicine my pain is now around a 2-3 out of 10 from being anywhere between 5-9. The only real side effect I am having is feeling "High" 24 hrs a day. Supposedly this will go away in time. I also feel uplifted and it has helped with my depression. I do feel a bit aggressive at times too. I have been keeping a close check on my weight too but nothing has changed. My normal weight is 75 kgs and I'm fit & strong as I workout in the gym regularly which helps control back pain.

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July 15, 2014 1:05 AM

Review by dpinker1:

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4.0

Caused me more pain but has helped others.

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July 9, 2014 12:52 AM

Review by Okgirl (taken for 6 months to 1 year):

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5.0

I was taking Xanax to calm the muscle spasms and Tylenol 3 for severe pain. This combination worked but I was terrified of addiction. Now taking 75mg Lyrica 3x a day. Pain almost gone after two days, but I'm dizzy, falling down, sleeping in a stupor 18 hours a day, weight gain 7 lbs a month for 5 straight months, can't remember vocabulary, feel dumb down.

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July 6, 2014 9:40 PM

Review by wolfie'smom (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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10

This medicine works miracles when I need it.

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July 5, 2014 8:10 PM

Review by Hetu:

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6.0

I have just started started on Lyrica 75 mg. Taking it once in the night. It seems to be working. My pain is down a bit and am able to do a lot more work than before. Also don't get as tired as before. Just got back from visiting turkey and the week I spent there was hectic. Lots and lots of walking. Don't think I would have been able to do it without this medication. I have fibromyalgia since the last 2 and half years and had shyed away from this medication because of the side effects. However I was in so much pain a month ago that I finally decided to give it a try. I don't regret it and am hoping that the effect of the medicine will last. And I'll have a normal life again.

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June 1, 2014 11:54 AM

Review by Fattroutt (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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6.0

Taking Lyrica relieves my fibromyalgia symptoms literally in days and the pain relief from that is amazing. Unfortunately I can't sleep, I get red sore eyes water retention, constipation, irritated bladder, passing water much more frequently. Pelvic pain, sore gums. Cramps, excess wind, bloated stomach, runny nose. These side effects occur as quickly as the pain from fibromyalgia goes.

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May 9, 2014 1:53 AM

Review by LynnieN:

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5.0

Relieves some fibromyalgia pain, but causes weight gain and fatigue. Does nothing for muscle spasms.

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April 24, 2014 12:42 AM

Review by fbczarno (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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8.0

I was prescribed Lyrica (pregabalin) about 6 months ago. I was so shocked by the feelings of unreality it initially caused that I quickly stopped taking it. My fibromyalgia got so bad at the end of the year, that I decided to try it again. I take low doses, 25 mg 2x a day, sometimes a 50 mg. The effect sets in within hours. My fibromyalgia pain is almost completely gone. A late evening dose allows me to sleep longer. I do feel strange when I take it and my intellectual capacity is quite affected, but the lack of distraction by the pain and a better social interaction with increased confidence levels makes up for that. I have to make sure that authorities and decision-making bodies are aware of my reduced competence.

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April 15, 2014 2:24 PM

Review by f b czarnomski (taken for 6 months to 1 year):

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8.0

I was prescribed Lyrica (pregabalin) about 6 months ago. I was so shocked by the feelings of unreality it initially caused that I quickly stopped taking it. My fibromyalgia got so bad at the end of the year, that I decided to try it again. I take low doses, 25 mg 2x a day, sometimes a 50 mg. The effect sets in within hours. My fibromyalgia pain is almost completely gone. A late evening dose allows me to sleep longer. I do feel strange when I take it and my intellectual capacity is quite affected, but the lack of distraction by the pain and a better social interaction with increased confidence levels makes up for that. I have to make sure that authorities and decision-making bodies are aware of my reduced competence, and close friends should know of these side effects, so that they can make allowances for any out-of-character behaviour on my part i.e. my inability to repair their car stereo.

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April 15, 2014 11:35 AM

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

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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):

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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):

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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):

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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):

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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):

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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):

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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):

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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):

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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:

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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):

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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:

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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:

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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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