I was on pregabalin 75mg twice a day for roughly 3 and a half months for severe anxiety. The pregabalin didn't really help me and the side effects actually caused anxiety. I just stopped taking the pregabalin. I have been off the pregabalin for nearly 2 weeks now. I'm not sure if I am getting withdrawal effects or if it is something else all together. The first few days when I stopped the pregabalin I was getting extremely dizzy and lightheaded. But that isn't quite as bad as what it was. Although I am still getting it but it's just not as bad. But now I keep feeling like I get all this pressure building up in my head. It feels like my head it going to explode. I also feel shaky and I am twitching. Especially my hands and feet twitch. My vision feels strange as well. I feel really anxious and depressed as well and extremely agitated. I also feel as If I am getting mood swings and I just feel all round confused. My body and head all feels really tight as well. Like a really tense feeling. I feel like I'm twitching. I just feel like I can't relax and I am worried almost 24/7. I don't know if this is withdrawal or something else?
Andyw~ It is stated those are existing side-effects from taking this medication. Also, that it should not be stopped abruptly, did you taper down or work out a plan with your doc? Also, if you take opiates and benzodiazepines it is not suvgested to take it in combination with this med. Maybe a bit more info could help some of our more qualified peers to delve into what's voing on with you further, it could help you and that's why were here!:o)
I can empathize with you as cymbalta and welbutrion caused me stife with more spastic muscles, brain pressure and grumpiness. We all have side-effets that are completely unacceptable, if that's the case maybe your doc can give you a benzo while you struggle through this with a measure of comfort.
I'm sorry to get back so late, but I wasn't familiar with Pregabalin, so I looked it up and found out it's Lyrica. I'm not really sure why you were given this for severe anxiety? The main uses for this medication is Fibromyalgia, or Neuropathic Nerve Pain, and severe nerve pain caused by other illnesses. If you were taking it for over three months and stopped it cold turkey, you're lucky you didn't go into severe withdrawal. One of the main side effects of this medication is dizziness and lightheadedness, so I'm surprised you're suffering from that now and not while you were taking it. I do know however that no matter what the medication, or how one gets off of it, a drug stays within a woman's body for up to 6 months, or longer. Much longer than men, because women have so many more fat cells, where the drug is stored, than men.
Why don't men have to go through all the junk we do? Anyway, back to the subject. If you've been off the pregabalin for two weeks what you're experiencing isn't withdrawal, it's your normal anxiety. That's what my anxiety feels like if I don't take my meds for even a day. If I were you I would get ahold of whoever prescribes your mental health medication and let them know that the Pregabalin did nothing for your anxiety, so you stopped taking it. Then let them know you'd like to try another drug made just for anxiety. I myself take Klonopin and Celexa, for straight anxiety, and I also take Wellbutrin for major depression, but it also helps with anxiety. The one drug I would try and stay away from is Xanax. It's highly addictive and extremely hard to get off of. I've heard it called the Crystal Meth of prescription drugs, it's that addictive and after a week you'll want more and more to get the same results. I was in rehab a couple times in my 30's and almost every woman in there was hooked on Xanax. Diazepam or Valium works, but it's also not one of the better ones. I like the Klonopin personally, I take 3 mgs. a day, along with 40 mgs. of Celexa and 450 mgs. of Wellbutrin everyday and it's seemed to work with very little side effects now for over 3 years. Again, the symptoms you describe sound like severe anxiety, does your stomach feel like you've been punched in the gut? If so along with all the other symptoms you describe are bad anxiety and again I don't know why a doctor would prescribe Lyrica for anxiety. But I'm not a doctor, so if I were you I'd call the doctor on Monday and either make an appt. to discuss it with them or talk to the nurse about seeing if there's something else the doctor could prescribe for your anxiety. Good Luck and if you can go outside and take a short walk, that will help a little with the anxiety.
Hi, quick answer, yes these symptoms are withdrawals from the medication. I am currently taking 300mg (3 x 100mg capsules) daily, of Pregabalin, also for anxiety (GAD). I have been warned about reducing the dose gradually, as this is the stage I am at right now... it sounds that among the more common symptoms, you are also suffering peripheral neuropathy, which can be a TEMPORARY side effect from stopping some medications without tapering. Please seek advice from the prescribing doctor asap for advice towards what step to take next... I'm sure you'll be fine, but maybe feel rough for a short period of time
- Pregabalin Information for Consumers
- Pregabalin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Pregabalin (detailed)
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