Hello all fellow pain sufferers and survivors. I have only been taking lyrica for a month (100mg twice daily) and so far have not noticed any weight gain. Now, after 19 yrs of unexplainable pain in both knees that would cause me to collapse, I was finally diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. I remember in the first days, the med made my brain tell my body that I was literally starving. It made me picture myself as one of those poor impoverished people in a 3rd world country that you see on tv. I was able to fight this urge in the beginning and keep my diet the same. Now as time has progressed, I found myself, last night, eating an entire "family" size bag of chips in one episode of 'The Dead Files'. I didn't even realize I was doing it, and at no time felt full and the desire to stop. I have always weighed 115-120. Although I do not and will not define myself with numbers (weight, height, IQ, etc..) I'm concerned that taking this med is going to change that. This med has changed my life. I have suffered from severe anxiety and agoraphobia since I was 19 years old. That's approximately 20 years of spending my time not living. Webbing myself in a cacoon of false safety. Since starting the Lyrica, I am able to leave the house without fear, take my daughter to the mall (after yrs of sitting in my imaginary bubble). I have more energy, am thinking more clearly and some of the pain has subsided. Not all of it. Obviously as this isn't a miracle drug. But I have to ask... Do I give all of that up bc my jeans no longer fit? Would you?
I tried Lyrica for my fibromyalgia back when it came out. It did not help me with my pain or any other symptoms, but I did gain 30 pounds in 3 months. I had an insatiable appetite. I only stayed on 3 months because my doc said it takes at least that long to get the full effects. As soon as I stopped, my appetite went back to normal and in 4 months I had lost the 30. But you have a different situation because it is helping you with several of your issues. Its a tough one.
A little background first: I had a gastric bypass 15 years ago and lost 200+ pounds. However, I believe the surgery kicked me into fibromyalgia, though I wasn't diagnosed until 9 years later. I have kept 80% of the weight off, which is above average for how long ago I had the surgery.
After I was diagnosed, I tried Savella (caused depression above 50mg, which was no longer working). Same with Cymbalta. (I also suffer from Chronic Severe Depression, which is currently under control on trazodone 100mg at night which helps me sleep, too.) I tried Lyrica 75mg twice a day and after 8 days, I had problems with my arms trembling to the extent that by the 12th day, I couldn't sign my name. I stopped taking it on Dr's orders and agreed to try half the dose 6 months later. After 5 days the trembling started again, so I stopped taking it on the 6th day, and called my Dr.
I gained 10 lbs during the 12 day time frame and 4 lbs during day 6 day time frame
That being said, if I hadn't problem I did and Lyrica had taken my constant pain away, I would have stayed on it and bought new clothes!
Talk to your Dr about your concerns, she may have some ideas to help you!
I gained weight on Lyrica, but I am also taking Cymbalta, Prozac, and Lamictal. All of which can cause weight gain. Especially the antidepressants, they tend to cause cravings for foods I wouldn't normally eat. I have eliminated sodas from my diet and gone to a calorie fruit punch. But my weight still fluctuates 10-15 lbs and that is after gaining 50 lbs in 18 months while watching my diet and calorie intake. I can not tolerate mild to moderate exercise within exacerbating my pain. Hope this helps.
when i started lyrica my face swelled up. I gained some weight but had to stop because was getting double vision and swollen hands that i couldnt write. It helped pain tho. I havent been able to tolerate any fibro meds. Just stopped pain meds and body is in shock. But i too struggle w is it worth gaining weight if helps pain and depression? Now at a point ill take weight gain. When ur not functioning... no one sees u anyway! o know my family and friends would rather see me overweight than never see me while i curl up at home. And if ir able to move w less pain betyer chance of controling weight. :)
Im only on lexapro and abilify now. Still looking for natural pain management#
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