And it seems to work with all the pain I'm going through. My question is this the best for me and is there a different one to take?
I guess my answer is similar to first one. Tho it didn't work for me, if it works then stick with it. Yes they are coming up with new ones all the time. Your doc will lead you thru the process of all that are available if or when lyrica stops working. Don't know how long you have had fibro but as it progresses symptoms may get better or even worse than they are now, so sticking with something you know works now instead of experimenting with all the others will keep your tolerance level higher. Then if you need different or stronger meds they will work according to the progression of symptoms. Just make sure you have a doc who stays on top of your illness,since alot don't remember from one visit to next. The better or more hands on doc is usually ensures they will get you thru each stage without filling you with too many drugs at once.
I think newest one is called savella(hope I spelled it right. There is cymbalta(used for depression and pain associated with fibro) also Neurontin which is awesome if your stomach can tolerate it. Those are a few to get you started just to satisfy our need to know there are choices out there. Hope this helps. God Bless You! Luvdazy
Hah! I just replied to a woman with fibro. asking about Neurontin for Fibro.. and I suggested she might want to try Lyrica. A friend with fibro was on Neurontin for 2 years and it definitely helped, but she was "out of it" for the duration (like she was stoned). She has switched to Lyrica, a newer drug, like a cousin of Neurontin, and her mind is clear and the pain is under control. One side effect of Lyrica she says she has is weight gain: a pound a month.. but she says its well worth it. I've switched from Neurontin to Lyrica for PHN, and am much more clear-headed, but the pain isn't controlled as well. So far, no weight gain.
So from what I've heard and researched, I'd say your doctor has you on the newest and the best.. good luck!
I work for an office and Lyrica if a med they we prescribe quite frequently so it is a good choice. right now i'm on Neutrontin as we had to try that first before Lyrica. I would stick with that. Like one of the other answers weight gain is a side effect but not for everyone. Good luck!
It shouldn't make a difference whether male/female.
Lyrica helped a great deal w/my aches & feeling "foggy". However it didn't stop excruciating lower back pain that started 8/08. And it didn't help w/the fatigue & my concentration problems. However, b/c it helps with the "aches" & "fogginess", I find it worth while for me to continue taking it.
BTW, here's a site you might find helpful:
I'm jealous - I wish that lyrica would work for me, but I couldn't handle the side effects - 200 mg helped a little, was then pushed up to 300 mg, and it just made me dizzy and nauseous. I have since then been trying numerous meds to relieve the pain, and finally found a combo that seems to work - 20 mg of methadone (works well with nerve pain but is dangerous for the heart, so the doc doesn't want to increase the dosage), 150 mg of Lyrica, and 300 mg of Tramadol, and finally I'm functioning and pain free for the first time since getting the fibro. If the lyrica is working for you - then you're in good shape. By the way, I'm a male too.
best of luck!!
if it is working then it is the right one for you!with fibro it is a hit and miss with meds until you find the one the helps you the most!and i don't know if it's true or not but i've always heard that fibro is harder on males then females !if thats true i really feel for you!my uncle jon is the only male i've ever known who has fibro!i have been on many different meds for mine and soma's worked great for me but my pm doc won't give them any more because they are so addictive !but with fibro and chronic pain in my back and stomach i'm on some pretty strong meds would knock most people out but not me !my pain goes is that all you got !lol !some times when we hurt we for get to laugh but it's the best med there is !don't believe me try this start laughing and see if soon you stop hurting some what for a few seconds any way!i hope you find what you are searching for !best of luck and God bless!
- Lyrica Information for Consumers
- Lyrica Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
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