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Pregabalin - My wife suffers crippling anxiety and tried Lyrica which was amazing but GP won't...
- 7 Sep 2017 by nellydixon
- 20 February 2021
- lyrica, anxiety, pregabalin, prescription
We were given some samples of Lyrica to help to get my wife out of the house as she is prescribed them for pain. My wife's anxiety totally disappeared like a miracle cure. We naturally went to the GP to get her a script for this wonder drug. They have refused point blank saying it isn't for anxiety.yet all we have read says it is for treating anxiety. We have about a weeks worth left then she will be back to suffering anxiety again. Her life is a living hell when she has the anxiety and most of the time she just wants to die. This cant be right and no way to live yet GP still refuses. Is there any way we can get her a script for Lyrica as i really fear for her once the pills she has left are all gone. Any help will be very gratefully accepted
Who'd you get samples from then?
I was very lucky to see a psychiatrist at Stanford in California. It was for a consultation for my disorders. He recommended Lyrica for anxiety off label. I was surprised. I can get it prescribed but my insurance does not want to cover it. I am so glad to hear that it has helped your wife. Anxiety is crippling.
You may want to find a doctor that will prescribe it, maybe a psych doc.
Let me know how it goes.
Hi there. I've been on Lyrica for years now for pain, but I have a lengthy and well managed psychiatric condition as well.
I'm afraid the docs are right not to give her more Lyrica. There are plenty of excellent options for the treatment of anxiety. Anti-depressants combined with anti-anxiety meds works wonders.
here's why Lyrica is bad and why it may have seemed to work for your wife. Lyrica is a controlled substance because it is an addictive CNS (central nervous system) depressant. This is HEAVY medicine. Your wife felt better because she was basically getting high on it. That is not a treatment for anxiety but a disaster waiting to happen. Why? Because when it's time to come off the Lyrica the withdrawal is murder and for someone with depression, could be deadly. Run away from the Lyrica. it should never have been given to her in the first place any more than you would treat a headache with heroin.
Ask her doc about klonopin (clonazepam) for the anxiety. Xanax is faster acting, but Your wife sounds like she will need something ongoing and while klonopin doesn't act as quickly I've seen it have a lot of success. Also ask about anti-depressants. There are multiple classes of anti-depressants so this is a conversation to be had with a psychiatrist and NOT a GP. Just off the top of my head Wellbutrin, Zoloft and Lexapro are 3 anti-depressants with low instances of side effects. A psychiatrist is in order here to walk your wife (and you) walk through the MANY treatment options for severe anxiety and depression. My best to you both. It DOES get better. It just takes some time and a concerted effort from the patient.
I don,t understand your doctor . lyrica is definitly prescribed for anxiety. admitedly, it is off script , but i ve had it for anxiety for years . It is very effective, and my doctor was pleased to prescibe it.
My GP prescribes Pregabalin but in the form of Axalid which IS licensed for generalized anxiety on the NHS. It's a recent development I think. It's much cheaper than Lyrica. I believe there's another version of it to treat some types of pain but I can't remember what that is called. I don't think my GP would have given me the Lyrica version of Pregabalin otherwise. I hope you get/got what you needed in the end.
After reading Nellydixon’s post I’m Left wondering how his wife is doing. I’m new to this medication and started out with a small dose at 50 MG at bedtime for three days and then three times a day as tolerated for spinal nerve related issues.
I’m starting to feel changes neurologically so I’m optimistic. I’ve had these issues since 1999.
Hope she got the help she needed.
I have suffered from anxiety, obsessive thoughts, delusional thinking for a long long time. I’ve tried almost every SSRI with little to no help using my GP. Since she exhausted all possibilities she told me to see a therapist for med management. Therapist prescribed 100-300mg Gabapentin. Within first 3wks side effects..swelling, itchy, red skin..stopped taking it. I researched and read Lyrica was being compared to Gaba as being similar. They’re in the same drug class. I had a visit today w doc, asked abt being out on Lyrica, I was hopeful bc of all positive reviews of it helping wIt’s anxiety. I was immediately told no, that lyrica does not treat anxiety and doesn’t say that it does either. I was confused. ALL the reviews for lyrica were mostly on GAD and positive! How can Gaba and lyrica be in same drug class but it not make sense to her that both could be used for off market anxiety.
Tip of the iceberg was when they wanted to replace Gabapentin with THORAZINE instead of this Lyrica. I find basically 0 reviews on Thorazine being helpful for anxiety.
I’m so exhausted from doing this dance
Lyrica is in a class of meds called anticonvulsants. Generic is called pregabalin. Also used for Fibromyalgia and nerve pain. In no way is this medication used to control anxiety. Anxiety can be a side effect o f this medicine.
I do hope you can get the help she needs. I have diabetic neuropathy and was prescribed Lyrica for that condition which is very painful. When I started taking it I did notice some pain relief but the other thing I noticed was I felt much calmer and slept better. My family doctor prescribed it for me so I guess it depends on the doctor. Best of luck!
I never heard of it before. My psychiatrist has just prescribed it for anxiety. Now I am scared to take it
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