I suffer from GAD and am currently on Cymbalta, but it doesn't seem to be working. My Dr. Put me on Busbar, and it does help but not enough. I am in recovery and do not want to relapse so I get scared of changing meds. I heard this one has addictive features. I have a lot of anxiety and need help, but am worried about what to take.
Pregabalin - Is lyrica safe for recovering alcoholics to take?
Question posted by Happyfeet1 on 27 Aug 2013
Last updated on 1 September 2013
Dear Happyfeet1 - Make sure all doctors that are treating you know you are a recovering alcoholic. Cough meds, and other OTC meds are made without alcohol. My ex, who was a reluctant recovering alcoholic, was given different meds when he needed them. He got a fish hook stuck in his hand and had to go to ER. 1st thing they wanted to do was give him Morphine, which would have defeated the purpose of his sobriety. After speaking up and telling them he was an alcoholic, trying to quit, he was given Ultram, and he did fine on it. There are alternatives to most anything, you just have to let those treating you know what you are going thru. Best of Luck, and good for you!! Alcohol is NOT easy to give up, is legal, and can ruin lives. Kudos for being in recovery!!
Hi, in the UK (where i live), it is very commonly used for this reason. I was prescribed it several months ago for GAD, and i am alcohol dependent, soon to detox (again). It is a very good medication in my opinion. Give it a go. I'm not aware of it being addictive, not saying it isn't, but i don't know anyone personally that has had this problem.
Lyrica was not covered by my insurance so I took gabapentin which is similar. It was not very addictive for me personally. But a small potential is there for addiction or abuse. I quit taking it because of weight gain and had some mild withdrawal symptoms for a few days. You do have ween yourself off. My advice would be to discuss your options with your doctor and let him know your concerns. There are many options for anxiety and you just have to try a few until you find what works. Of course as the saying goes there is no magic pill but you can find something that will help. Best of luck to you
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