Yes, while everyone responds differently, I gained a lot of weight on Lyrica last year despite it being during the spring and summer when I was active and eating healthy. I didn't get much benefit from the drug and went off it specifically because of the weight gain. I still haven't lost the extra pounds and that makes my pain and depression even worse.
As you know this is not a drug like prednisone. It takes self control to not gain weight on medications. Lots of exercise, positive attitude, healthy eating. Just as diabetes can be well controlled with diet and baseline Med's, so can other medications. I recommend seeing a dietician through your health plan to give you the tips you need to keep the weight off. They don't give you a diet. They give you methods to keep track of carbs, proteins and fats. These control weight. I do it. I know it works without a lot of problems.
"Here are some Lyrica side effects to watch for:
For the Consumer
Applies to pregabalin: oral capsule, oral solution
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction while taking pregabalin (the active ingredient contained in Lyrica) hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Report any new or worsening symptoms to your doctor, such as: mood or behavior changes, anxiety, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, or if you feel impulsive, irritable, agitated, hostile, aggressive, restless, hyperactive (mentally or physically), more depressed, or have thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself.
Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
muscle pain, weakness, or tenderness (especially if you also have a fever and feel tired): vision problems; easy bruising or bleeding; or swelling in your hands or feet, rapid weight gain.
Less serious side effects of pregabalin may include:
dizziness, drowsiness; loss of balance or coordination; problems with memory or concentration; breast swelling; tremors; or dry mouth, constipation.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
Read more at https://www.drugs.com/sfx/lyrica-side-effects.html
We have another problem with weight gain to consider, as we age our metabolism changes. Every decade after twenty we gain a good five pounds. So by sixty I will have 20 lbs more my body is now happy with. It takes work to get that down.
I am on prednisone since 2005. Often high dose. I have maintained my weight with that ridiculous twenty pounds, inspite of diabetes induced by the pred and inability to exercise. First time I ever had to get serious about what to eat. Definitely worth it. All second hand now, and I rarely think much about it. Just as I got tough with an incurable disease, I got tough with me. I hope the same for you. Karen
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