What else can I take? Have tried Neurontin (gabapentin) and now pregabalin... weight gain incredible. So unhappy!
What are the alternatives to Lyrica?
Question posted by Melroseg on 17 Feb 2019
Last updated on 16 April 2019
I changed to a Whole Foods plant based diet and it has helped a lot. It did take a while. I was taking amitriptyline but got off of it. Tylenol and Advil are dangerous and can damage the heart and kidneys. Make sure you’re an ideal weight and exercise 5-6 days a week. Better to try a natural approach so you don’t have awful long term effects of meds.
I am looking for alternatives as well to Neurontin (gabapentin). I have either tarsal tunnel or peripheral neuropathy. I have read all the horror stories about Lyrica and Neurontin (gabapentin) and stopped taking it 3 days ago. I just started taking relief factor so not sure if it is effective or not. I also take ALA and a NO booster. I just ordered Tylenol PM to help me get to sleep and Sombra. If anyone else has any ideas for nerve pain and help to get to sleep at night, please let us know. Good luck to all!
Hi Melroseg. I tried Lyrica for 6-7 years and I gained weight too. I was unhappy and miserable. I tried Cymbalta and I gained more weight. I gained over 80 pounds during the 10+ years while taking these drugs. I was prescribed them for chronic nerve pain and they both made my pain worse. And so many horrible side effects! I had anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts. I was dizzy, confused and forgetful. I was exhausted all the time. I had hearing loss, blurry vision and I was losing my hair. My joints and muscles were swollen and so sore. My whole body was in so much pain that I ended up being bedridden for 3 years. I tapered slowly off Lyrica and I am tapering slowly off Cymbalta now. I’m down from 60 mg to 1.3 mg and almost every side effect is gone. I’m feeling like myself again and I’ve started to lose the weight. I no longer look or feel like I’m pregnant.
And the pain is gone! For me these drugs were poison and I will never take another medication like them again. Have you researched Natural Remedies on Google? Take care and I really do wish you the best. Cindy59
Sorry to hear about your weight gain. These particular drugs have an issue with that. I have been taking Lyrica since 2008 (100mg -125mg a day). My weight is 111lbs. at this point - prior to that I was usually (6) pounds less. Be careful what you eat and how much. Make sure that you exercise also! What do you take these drugs for and the dosage, if I may ask?
My Rheumatologist prescribed Lyrica for fibromyalgia & nerve pain. Lyrica helps with tight muscles & is considered a better drug then gabapentin, but of course much more expensive!
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