Thinking of switching from Lyrica to Gabapentin. (I mean when u get right down to it aren't these like a molecule off from being the same drug) I'm actually currently prescribed both and I'm concerned that this may be over medicating and I'm also concerned with the whopping price of lyrica and see a insurance change in my future.. Anyone with opinions, advice, etc would be appreciated
Thinking of switching from Lyrica to gabapentin?
Question posted by Shebopback on 9 June 2014
Last updated on 18 December 2018 by Dayeisme
I know this is a very old post but I wanted to add my experience with these drugs for anyone who may come looking after me.
First though, I wanted to say thank you to all of you that responded and shared your experiences.
Ok, I have nerve damage in my neck as well as a couple of bad discs. I had one fusion c-5&6 and have been putting off the suggested fusion on c4&5 and 6&7. I am waiting on a call from the surgeon to discuss going ahead with it. Anyway, also have fibromyalgia, sciatic and back pain and RLS.
I had been on Gabapentin for 8 years and my only problem was being tired a lot. A friend suggested Lyrica, saying how great it does for them. So I switched. I'm a bit amped up all of the time especially in the evening and it has also put my RLS into overdrive. I am lucky to sleep 4 hours at night. I can hardly sit still, I feel as if I’m going to jump out of my skin! I don’t recommend the lyrica for anyone who has RLS.
I’m going Back to the Gabapentin!
Thanks! I hope You all find what eases your pain.
I have fibromyalgia. Also a GFR of 39 (low kidney function)
Began gabapentin in 2009. LOVED it. But of course over the years the dose crept up.
I started at 100 mgs twice a day (or so) ended up at 1400 a day. Then it seemed to not be working as well, so I was switched to Lyrica, 100 mgs twice a day, now 150 twice a day for past year.
Lyrica managed my symptoms (felt like my body was being filled with helium, chronic pain, etc)
But the past two months my feet have swollen so badly I bought a size larger shoe and my feet are so swollen I can barely walk.
I have some old gabapentin and I decided to try 300mgs (I stopped the lyrica for 24 hrs first) I want to see if it makes any difference over the weekend, plan to call my dr Monday morn.
So for fibro control, if you can manage the side-effects, I choose Lyrica.
I also take 2 Tylenol extended relief for arthritis twice a day for oseteo. I cannot take any NSAIDS w'my kidney function.
I actually found in the past that the less gabapentin I took, the better it controlled my pain. It's not time released and I liked to take smaller doses through-out the day rather than one or two big doses, as that causes sleepiness all day.
I'm not a doctor, just giving you what happened to me when I took them. So, because my feet are so badly swollen, I hope I can go back to Gabapentin w/o a problem. I did have some swelling at times before with the gabapentin, but nothing as severe as this with the Lyrica
I was on gabapentin for two and half years 9x300 mg per day for severe nerve damage and the doctor has changed me to lyrica but I would definitely agree with gabapentin if you have nerve damage good luck in the future regards billy
I have spondyloarthritis. I am on Gaba for over 3 years. I do love it over nothing. My thing is if I miss a days dose (I.e. I have not picked up my rx on x) I get really gloomy. I heard this could be a side effect, but yuck. Wonder if I request lyrica, would I would get depressed ?
i take abilify with my prozac... it has done wonders, no lyrica(bad)... try prozac and add abilify to it..u will b happy u did...
I was on lyrica for a long time and it worked great. But before I lost my insurance my doctor switched me to gabapentin because it costs a lot less. Lyrica worked way better than the gabapentin does for my nerve pain. I take 600mg 3 times a day and the time through out the night until I take my next dose is horrible. Lyrica did cause me to gain weight too. I certainly didn't like that! I hope this helps.
I took the max dose of gabapentin and it did nothing for me, and now I am trying lyrica again for the second time. A lot of people get relief from gabapentin so I suggest you give it a try as it is less expensive and many insurances don't cover lyrica. My pain management doctor told me the gaba and lyrica both would work in a few days; however, my rheumy said it would take up to 4 months to know if lyrica would work or not. I wish you the best,
I'm on Gabapentin for nerve pain, been on it for 9 months now & it has work good for me. I was never on Lyrica but heard some people can't take lyrica, put on gabapentin work fine for them. I have burning/sensitive pain in my right foot, I couldn't even touch my foot was put on gabapentin & even in a month time my foot was better. Today after being on it for 9 months with my dose increased a few times it dosen't take all the pain away but nothing will I have a nerve disease.
Actually there are some people here who are on both. I think that is totally wasteful since gabapentin has a high max dose. I had to stop lyrica because of side effects and I currently take gabapentin which I think works better. Gabapentin isn't an inferior med. Just older and in generic so it's cheaper.
gabapentin is low quality compared to lyrica which is better you should not be taking both at the same time... in my experience gabapentin didn't work near as good Lyrica. I had to take gabapentin for 3 months before qualifying on my insurance for lyrica and it had no effect.
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