My doctor has just put me on Lyrica. In fact, I haven't taken my first dose yet. My question is about the weight gain. Can you work to keep the weight off, or is there no help for it? I know with some drugs it doesn't matter how hard you try, the weight just seems to build up. I certainly don't need that! But, I do need something to help this FM pain. Thanks for any help you can give me
I gained alot of weight with it, but I gain weight easily. I don't know what would happen for someone who normally has no weight problem.
Hi, there is hope. Unfortunately not an easy answer though. The basic eating healthily and regularly and exercising is the solution. But when you add these weight gaining meds, you just have to work twice as hard at it. Be strict and regimental with you routine and you can beat this side effect. I can't guarantee you won't gain ANY weight, but if you work hard it shouldn't be a disaster.
I hope you haven't started taking Lyrica. It is the most horrendous drug out there. The side effects are simply dreadful. As you ask specifically about the weight gain, I can tell you all about that. I was only Lyrica for only three months and the weight gain was frightening. I am a very active person, I do not eat any foods that are fattening or unhealthy, I don't use sugar, eat chocolates, sweets or cakes, pies or chips. I eat salads, chicken with no skin, I drink fat free milk, so I know my diet has nothing to do with the huge weight gain I experienced while using Lyrica. And this happened almost immediately. All the weight gain is in my upper body, especially around my stomach area. I look 6 months pregnant. It doesn't matter what I do to try and move this slab of fat around my middle, nothing helps. My upper arms, neck, back, and of course the stomach area has a puffy and swollen look.
I am 1.65m, and have a small frame, so I can't afford to put on weight. If I do pick up a couple of kilo's over the holiday season, I make a concerted effort to get rid of it quickly. Now thanks to Lyrica, I am stuck with this unsightly tyre around my midsection. And might I add, that although it helped with my nerve pain, if I had known weight gain was a side effect, I would NEVER have taken it. The other side effects are loss of feeling in your hands, feet, arms, legs, tingling, sharp shooting pains, swelling, dry mouth, severe joint pain in the knees, elbows and ankles, the list is endless. I believe Lyrica also slows down your metabolism. I have a permanent pain around my whole ribcage now, oh and it makes your thought process wonky. I have started walking 10kms three times a week in an effort to try lose the weight. I don't know what else to do, its been 5 months since I stopped taking Lyrica, and this extra weight is showing absolutely no sign of going away. You would probably have to virtually starve yourself to ensure no weight gain, but I don't believe this will make any difference whatsoever. Even on a restricted calorie diet, you will still pack on the weight. I took myself off the Lyrica without consulting my GP. I would rather live with the pain than experience excessive weight gain and the other multitude of side effects. Do not whatever you do start taking this toxic drug. Even though I have read some people (they are surely in the minority) do not suffer any or few side effects, there are far too many people who DO suffer major side effects and spend the rest of their lives regretting ever taking this medication. Throw away that box of Lyrica.
I have recently been advised to not each or drink dairy. No fizzy drinks. The only drink to have is water. You can add your favorite flavor squash. To try this for 2 weeks and you should notice some weight loss. I am going to start tomorrow. (Monday 26th June 2017). I am happy to try most ideas people come out with. After taking Lyrica for 4 years now, along with other drugs, I have been putting on weight continuously. My weight has doubled sadly. Good luck with whatever you decided.
OHGSH!! I’m SO glad I just happened upon this article! I have been on Lyrica for years, about 10-15. So, I’m not sure I can TOTALLY blame the Lyrica, since my weight has only gotten significantly out of control the last couple years or so. I’m 54 & I’m sure my metabolism is probably slowing d/t age. But I have felt for a while now that there’s something making it harder for me to lose weight & REALLY hard to keep it off!! I worked hard for over a year to lose 32# & put it back on in NO time, most days I wasn’t eating much more than I normally do. And I look pregnant!! Almost all of it is in my belly! A couple times someone in public asked me when I was due!!! How embarrassing!! Well, anyways, glad it’s not just me... going to see a good neurologist, (my PCP told me I wasn’t on anything that would cause wt gain)... maybe I’ll find some answers. I hope you all do too, Wendy.
If you do not eat more you will stay the same.
Lyrica makes you feel hungry.if your very careful you will not gain.
Hi Mimi-3, I have been on Lyrica 100mg a day since 2008! It is considered a small dose compared to others on a higher dose. Yes, you can gain weight! Just watch it with the food intake, especially carbohydrates. How many milligrams did your doctor prescribe you? I hope that the medication will help you with the Fibro!
Take care & feel better!
I take gabapentin which is very similar to Lyrica. I didn't get any weight gain. with pain relief perhaps try walking..a few blocks at first work slowly up to a mile a day. Go at your own pace..it doesn't have to be a fast walk.. mobility is the goal. Yoga is great for fibromyalgia too..slow stretch.. beginner level. I have chronic pain and the yoga keeps me moving. Good luck. I'LL be pulling for you!♥️
Hi Mimi3. If someone tells you that if you do not eat more when taking Lyrica then you will not gain weight they are wrong. Everyone is different! If that’s what happened to them it doesn’t mean that that’s what will happen to you. For me I started gaining weight shortly after I started taking Lyrica and I was hardly eating anything. And the little bit that I actually could eat I threw up. I was always small; even after having 5 children but Lyrica changed that. But that doesn’t mean that that’s what’s going to happen to you. These types of medications screw up our metabolism. It has been proven now. We all have different metabolism so Lyrica will affect us different. I do believe there are more cases of weight gaining than what is listed in the side effects because many people have not reported it yet. I’m not just guessing this.
I have talked to many people who said that they have experienced weight gain from taking Lyrica but didn’t connect the two until doing research. Personally I will never take another medication like Lyrica again. There are many natural remedies that can help with almost anything. I’m not saying medicine is never necessary but I will be very careful in the future what goes into my body. Especially if it affects my brain. Take care and I wish you the best. Cindy
I need a respond to the question? Does Lyrica make you gain weight
cause u to gain an excessive amount of weight
Hey! I made an account just to answer this! Even if I'm abit late! :/
So I've been on lyrica 5 months now I'm a 29 year old male and I shot up in weight almost immediately I went from 9stone 4, and now I'm 12stone 8,
I've been doing this keto diet carefully watching what I'm eating and I've dropped 4 pounds in the last 2 weeks maybe that's something you could consider also??
Hope I helped
I gained around 15lbs on Lyrica in no time. I am always hungry! Even a plain carrot tastes so good! Every food tastes good to me! My husband takes more than i do 900mg a day! It doesn't seem to affect him in this way at all. He's had 11 surgeries in 3 years. I've been drinking tons of lemon water and just eating 5 small meals a day. I walk at least 2-4 miles a day and work out with weight and i still have a waistline of 29! I'm 5'3 and now weigh 145. When i go over that weight, i wean down on lyrica very slowly by opening the capsule and dumping half and putting it in water. Then taking my full later dose for 2 weeks then wean a little more until I'm only taking 100mg a day but i have pain again! Supposed to take 100mg in am and 100pm. I just take the pm now. I'm going to ask my doc for fluid pills as i see there is no side affects with lyrica. Has anyone tried fluid pills? My weight is in my mid section.
It's not terrible right now but i have gotten to 160lbs. many years ago on Lyrica. When i wean off Lyrica i drop the weight in a month or so.
Ok, looking through these responses on Lyrica and weight gain is scary, so I thought I'd share some findings based on actual peer reviewed research.
The link to the article is below. It indicates that 81% of patients taking Lyrica stay within 7% of their original weight throughout the course of a year.
The mean weight difference for patients in this group (the 81%) is +2 lbs long term.
Yes there are some that do put on a significant amount, but those are the ones more likely to frantically post about it online. To others (like me) just starting off on it- just monitor yourself and don't be scared off by the online community.
Before I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia one of my doctors added Lyrica to my medication to help with my leg and neck muscle pain, I could barely walk the pain was so intense. Immediately the waves of pain subsided and my pain that was ongoing for 18months or more in my upper arms and hands finally lessened. I wouldn't have cared if it meant more weight gain, I was just happy to have some relief from the pain. Once I was formally diagnosed with Fibro and then having realised I have been dealing with its symptoms for 15 Plus years my antidepressants were increased by a physician. By the time I was then referred to a specialist physician he prescribed e two different types of tramadol as the pain relieving effects of Lyrica can for some people subside. One of the healing aspects he wished me to pursue is exercise and as painful as that sounds to those of us with Fibro pain it is worthwhile to explore.
Hydrotherapy is a wonderful way to move muscles without hurting although on several occasions I have had adverse reactions to this form of exercise due to the heat and spending longer than 20 mins in water. Flare up pain in my bottom and legs was excruciating. A short session of riding my adult trike on flat ground is great but I can only do that one day here and there as the 2nd day in a row I am incapable. Incidental exercise is not enough apparently although I go up and down stairs at least 20 times a day and to go anywhere because I dont drive requires at least 2km of brisk walking to catch transport. The walking is ok as long as it is not hot, humid or extremely cold in rain so my day usual goes that a need to get lifts to get home. I applaud whatever exercise you can manage and to be sensible about food. Moderate or eliminate soda and bread in your diet and start introducing herbal remedies, like Turmeric, coconut milk and MCT Oil shakes/ Tea and get quality sleep and these are the the methods that can heal our shot nerves!
- Lyrica Information for Consumers
- Lyrica Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Lyrica (detailed)
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