User Reviews for Lyrica

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Neuropathic Pain 23 reviews 1 medications
   
7.6
Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy 32 reviews 40 medications
   
7.0
Fibromyalgia 195 reviews 72 medications
   
6.9
Neuralgia 27 reviews 31 medications
   
6.8
Epilepsy 2 reviews 28 medications
   
6.7
Postherpetic Neuralgia 10 reviews 40 medications
   
6.3
Summary of Lyrica reviews 289 reviews 6.9

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Review by Olde Chaps:

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8.0

For Fibromyalgia: Lyrica gave me back enough life to work part time again. Tried many other medicines to treat my Fibromyalgia symptoms and few had much positive effect. However, found that Tramadol works for the muscle pain, and Lyrica allows me the strength and energy to move once the pain is managed. Trazodone helps with the quality sleep issue.

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July 29, 2014 6:21 AM

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

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10

For Fibromyalgia: I couldn't remember the last time I had a "good" day since diagnosed having Fibromyalgia until 2010, when I was first told about Lyrica by an emergency doctor. The symptoms & pain had got so bad that I drove myself to a Baylor emergency room. Physically and mentally I just felt defeated. I was so stressed out that I developed an ulcer and my potassium/magnesium levels were so low they admitted me several times for as long as a week on time. Bags of blood had to be given and IV fluids. Ugh..I was a hot mess. I don't recall the doctor that introduced me to Lyrica, cause I was in and out a few times, but all I can say is a BIG thank-you. I've been on Lyrica 300mg a day since 2010. I can get what I need done and function like a normal woman.

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July 22, 2014 1:56 AM

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

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9.0

For Fibromyalgia: 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

For Fibromyalgia: 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

For Fibromyalgia: 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

For Fibromyalgia: This medicine works miracles when I need it.

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July 5, 2014 8:10 PM

Review by Chemo-Induced (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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6.0

For Neuropathic Pain: I too progressed from Gabapentin to Lyrica, 100mg 3x a day. I have chemically-induced neuropathy from 6 months of chemo. My hands and feet are numb, tingling, like they are asleep. Lyrica is supposed to be an advanced form of the Gabapentin, though I have seen little difference. I have increased appetite and some swelling in my hands and ankles. I continue using Lyrica because I need something for the hot shooting pain. This was the last med prescribed for my neuropathy.

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June 20, 2014 9:23 AM

Review by B.A.H. (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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6.0

For Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy: I did not feel it was helping all that well with the pain.[ lower, middle back and rib] I went from 25 mg to 75, 150 then 225mg. I found I was tired and lethargic. I had a dry mouth and throat constantly, and my vision was hard to focus, jumpy. I had stopped and restarted after 4 months, still the same. Breathing is harder, so I've noticed this time. I have stopped for good!

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June 19, 2014 10:57 PM

Review by AnnonnA:

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8.0

For Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy: Lyrica is about as effective as opiates without the baggage that comes with the latter. Lyrica has it's own side effects for me while working up to 450 mg/day including a floaty spaced out sensation, INSANE appetite, and constipation - these side effects largely disappeared at the 2-week point. Pain relief was fairly quick, at about the third or fourth day.

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June 12, 2014 3:47 PM

Review by Hetu:

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6.0

For Fibromyalgia: 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 ghostinthewell (taken for 2 to 5 years):

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7.0

For Neuropathic Pain: I have severe neuropathy, and I take a cocktail of pain medicines. This medicine is a very important link to fight pain so I can still go to work. It is addictive and hard to kick, but I don't plan on kicking it anytime soon as I need too badly.

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May 27, 2014 9:38 PM

Review by Dustinb85 (taken for 1 to 2 years):

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10

For Neuropathic Pain: This medicine does seem to help quite a bit with nerve pain. I do tend to have a easily over sensitive nervous system. Lyrica makes me feel a lot better at night time so I can sleep. I take MS-Contin in the day and Lyrica at night. My life would be a lot less stable without Lyrica. I believe the best way I can describe what it does is slow down the pain signals so they are not as noticeable.

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May 23, 2014 12:55 AM

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

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9.0

For Neuropathic Pain: After spinal surgery I was having shock life pain and tingling in my hands and feet all the time. After about a month on Lyrica that pain had calmed down and I was sleeping much better. I do feel somewhat sleepy when I take it but nothing too out of control. I hope I can cut it out in a few months as I hate to be in any medication very long.

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May 20, 2014 8:10 PM

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

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6.0

For Fibromyalgia: 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 Bub2222:

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7.0

For Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy: It makes my eyes twitch

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April 30, 2014 8:47 AM

Review by LynnieN:

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5.0

For Fibromyalgia: 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 Sweet strawberries (taken for less than 1 month):

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10

For Neuropathic Pain: I am 36 years old and had a lot of chemotherapy. Now I have extremely bad electrical pain in my feet mostly at night but during the day too. Was taking gabapentin but I got really sick not sure if it was because of that but my doctor took me off it and put me on Lyrica 50 mg 2xday but I only take one at night because it makes me dizzy. The one at night works great. The pain before was so bad that I was starting to not be able to drive but now I am fine.

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April 15, 2014 9:38 PM

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

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8.0

For Fibromyalgia: 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

For Fibromyalgia: 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 Steve Baker (taken for 5 to 10 years):

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10

For Neuropathic Pain: I was working at a plant nursery and watered the plants everyday. I stood in water with converse all stars on for about 3 hours. My feet went numb, which was normal for me. When I got in the shower that night to thaw my feet out they started hurting and black blisters developed. Neurontin did not help much, but the Lyrica took all pain out with no side effects other than feeling a little tired. It saved me from total misery. It is the best medicine I have ever taken.

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April 14, 2014 10:36 AM

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

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8.0

For Neuropathic Pain: Sciatica pain

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April 13, 2014 10:21 AM

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

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5.0

For Fibromyalgia: 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

For Fibromyalgia: 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 Jennbeam36 (taken for less than 1 month):

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7.0

For Neuropathic Pain: This medicine was my neuropathic calming wonder medicine until my body over the course of several years had progressed to full body pain. I recommend anyone who has new or has out grown their pain medication to talk to your doctor about this.

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February 19, 2014 2:56 AM

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

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8.0

For Fibromyalgia: 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

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