Whatever is the answer I won't be stopping Lyrica soon. It's been "7" yrs. with neuropathic pain and I am not staying awake after my daily Morpine wears of untill the morning when my next dose is due. I CA sleep in a little and that has not happened in "7" years. I tried so many pils/potions/oils/... Etc. over the years and nothing worked. Before, after awhile I just gave up and lived with the pain as I thought it was my lot, meaning that it was here to stay unless & untill something new came along. There was a topical oil that helped somewhat but it was too "hit & miss" to justify the cost at $30.00 for a five dram bottle. It comes to my province from the supplier in Halifax NS. It's called NOR? something and your Pharm. may know. Mine did not and they ordered it for me. It has a strong odour of eyucaliptis. Some find that comphoting and I did not care for it because the scent transfer to bedding/clothes etc. Sorry I forgot the trade name but it definately worth a try. It is registered on our gov't. drug formulary and, oh yeah. It is OTC behind the counter at the pharmacy. As for the cost of Lyrica until I found some money to help out I was bying 2-5 days on the script. Not sure if your Pharmasist would do that but mine is a friend. Try the oil. Other pain-people have said it is a miracle? Pain is a pain.
Hi, my mother takes Lyrica for her Fibromyalgia (Lyrica helps relieve the pain associated with this condition)
GENERIC NAME: pregabalin
BRAND NAME: Lyrica
DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Pregabalin is an oral medication that is chemically related to gabapentin (Neurontin, Gabarone). It is used for treating pain caused by neurologic diseases such as postherpetic neuralgia as well as seizures. It also is used for treating fibromyalgia. The mechanism of action of pregabalin is unknown. Pregabalin binds to calcium channels on nerves and may modify the release of neurotransmitters (chemicals that nerves use to communicate with each other). Reducing communication between nerves may contribute to pregabalin's effect on pain and seizures. The FDA approved pregabalin in December 2004.
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I take neurontin & dilaudid for very bad neck pain,& I can tell u it is not a narcotic,but I also have siezures & it works very well in preventing them. For your sleep issues,I find Temazapam works very well for me. It allows me to fall asleep,stay asleep,& there is no "hangover" in the morning. I wake up & feel refreshed & ready to go on with my day. It is a benzodiazpine which if for some reason you didn't know is "habit forming" but I myself find the benifits far outway that,for one if I'm sleeping I don't feel pain & that alone is enough for me & second I just never feel right if I don't get enough sleep & to me even 5 hrs made me happy. Hope you get some help with your sleep/pain issues,& if you haven't tried Temazapam & the habit forming( if your on morphine I take it it doesn't) I'd try it if you already haven't. Good luck.
I know that in the united states lyrica is NOT a narcotic. I dont know about Canada, but (like i say to many) google will know the answer if you ask it, haha. However, you CAN get high on the stuff (my stupidity in the past has lead me to learn that... <_< >_> dont ask.), so i could see how a pharmacist would tell someone that it is a 'low level narcotic'. The truth is that theres no gray area when it come to medications. Its black and white, either the med is a narcotic or it isnt. The term 'low level' isnt a technical term, it kinda just refers to something that can be abused, but isnt something that the FDA considers a real danger... kinda stupid. But as i said i only know the US laws and Canada might be different.
Ive heard every different testimony about lyrica that could be heard. From 'Its the worst thing ever and it makes me hallucinate evil clowns' (ok, maybe thats a bit embellished), to ' this is a wonder drug and i wish would have been on this for the last 20 years!'. Personally i am on neurontin (among other things) for pain, its pretty similar to lyrica and i love the stuff. It helps me a lot. As far as the oils go i really dont know jack about it, i pretty much stick with pills and vitamins, oils kinda freak me out, haha.
Thats very lucky that you have a friend thats a pharmacist and can give you just a few days doses at a time, cause i know lyrica is EXPENSIVE AS HELL
! In the united states patents are allowed to be in effect for a drug for a really long time. So (since its a pretty new drug) Pfizer has the right to monopolize the drug for a good while. Eventually im sure some company will be allowed to make a generic version... but for now its gonna be expensive.
All the previous answers are excellent. I was on lyrica for several years and had to switch to gabapentin (nuerontin) and I've been on gabapentin since. Yes you will have withdrawal symptoms if it is stopped suddenly. If I miss a dose or 2 I notice it. No It is not a narcotic but it sure helps with the constant pain and discomfort of peripheral nueropathy and fibromyalgia. Yes men can get that disease. I have been told by Wallgreens that if I need a couple days dose cause I ran out that they would give it too me untill I can refill. Something to do with its anti seizure properties. Good pharmacy staff especially after they notice me coming in to fill my prescriptions on a regular basis. Good Luck and I hope you feel much better. B
I know this question is over a year old, but I couldn't help but reply to it while searching for some in depth info on Lyrica for my father who takes it for fibromyalgia. Lyrica is a Schedule V Controlled Substance, in the "lowest-level" of controlled drugs with Schedule I Controlled Substances being the "highest-level" (cocaine, etc), so Kisses Pandas Pharmacist Friend was only trying to explain this to his friend in the easiest way he could.
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