I have been on Lyrica for 9+ years. I am beginning to question this long time use, questions like, "What kind of effect will Lyrica have on my memory", or "will Lyrica change the way my brain develops?" I wonder about the way my synapses are forming, is the Lyrica making them "lazy"? Just random questions, thank you for helping me.
One thing that has recently been unearthed is that these medicines prevent the formation of new brain synapses. This is not a minor side effect. It can lead to short and long-term memory loss, as well as Alzheimer's disease, among other things.
It can also mean that the brain becomes incapable of neuroplacticity. According to the Huntington Outreach Project at Stanford University, our brains rely on neuroplasticity to “compensate for injury and adjust their activity in response to new situations or changes in their environment.” In lay terms, these drugs cause brain damage.
Wait till you try to get off lyrics withdrawal is hell pure hell. I'd advise you talk to a Dr. that has a clue about the nasty side effects caused by withdrawal from long term lyrics use I only used it a month and it took three months to get back to normal. It is possible to have permanent damage from lyrics use.
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