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User Reviews for Pregabalin

Also known as: Lyrica, Lyrica CR

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8.1/10 Average Rating
194 Ratings with 190 User Reviews

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Reviews for Pregabalin to treat Generalized Anxiety Disorder

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"I was crippled by anxiety and could not function at all until my doctor prescribed me pregablin. It has changed my life by 90% for the better. All other drugs like sertraline, duloxitine and citalopram had no effect and if anything made me worse. I would recommend anyone with an anxiety disorder to ask there doctor to prescribe them with pregablin as it begins to work in 30 minutes. I recommend you take it with an empty stomach as the drug absorbs better as some doesn't get mixed with food and loose some of its affect"

   
9.0

Xlpaul12 (taken for 2 to 5 years) July 11, 2018

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"My horrible panic attacks and GenAD and SocialAD have been helped so much by this drug. I'm prescribed both lyrica and generic pregabalin. I take around 25-50mg and it reduces my SAD so much. I honestly thought I wouldn't be able to live my life if my panic attacks and SAD continued at the level they were at; I was exhausted. My anxiety is of course still here and I still get panic attacks but it's less severe & the attacks less frequent. It also helps me sleep at night; having been incredibly insomniac since depression and anxiety came on (around 10 years ago) and in the last 2 years its been amazing waking up feeling rested and positive. Downside-slight thirst/dry mouth, also if I stop taking it cold turkey I get quite irritable but it goes away after a day if you're taken off it. When I first started taking it, it made me sleep for like 3 days (not literally an entire 3 days) as if my body was purging all of the tension and built up anxiety, allowing me to get a proper rest."

   
9.0

lara July 9, 2018

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"The pregabalin REALLY helped me. Then the results slowed down. The doc then raised my dose by 20%. All good for another 2 years. Results slowed doc raised dose 15%. All good for 5 more years. Now doc raised Lyrica 10% higher again and he also added 250MG Depakote (125 mg twice day) and I feel great! If pregabalin works you just need to stay ahead of "tolerance" and that is not hard at all. The higher the doses get the slower tolerance takes to come back each time. Eventually you become very "HYPER-STABLE". I feel very sorry for all the people stuck on the same tiny agonizing dose thus making them slip in and out of 4 or 5 tolerance waves per day also called inter-dose withdrawal. My doc told me to be brave and take more when needed. Yes I am dependent and life is GOOD. I am going to Jamaica for 3 weeks and have rented a 45 foot sail boat. Will do lots of scuba diving and fishing with my wife and 2 kids. LIFE IS GOOD when you listen to your doctor!"

   
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Sir Edwin (taken for 5 to 10 years) June 26, 2018

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"Sometimes I got lucky in the past with SSRI's meds stopping my anxiety but over more recent years I found that the SSRI meds didn't seem to help much or at all with anxiety (or sometimes, actually made it worse!). However, pregabalin (150mg before bed, another 150mg on waking) has TOTALLY STOPPED my anxiety, which is amazing. I also take venlafaxine 150mg."

   
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jeff (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 21, 2018

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"Like someone else has mentioned great for treating symptoms if IBS diarrhea. I take 450mg a day and find this really well on anxiety too."

   
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Martin (taken for 2 to 5 years) June 21, 2018

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"Pregabalin seems to work ok for anxiety although do feel a higher dose would kick the anxiety back a bit more (I'm on 300mg) but does take a good 60 minutes + to start to work. Also best on a empty stomach. Main side effects are memory impairment and loss of coordination, and constipation which is welcome after suffering chronic Diarrhea for 15 years. A good trade off instead of crippling anxiety. Great for pain relief for heavy periods when taken regularly. Have read all the horror stories when trying to come off it which isn't comforting but as everyones different hopefully I won't experience that too much. I take this along with other medication for agoraphobia, monophobia and has helped soo much"

   
6.0

Lunar (taken for 6 months to 1 year) June 21, 2018

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"[ UK resident ] I've suffered from sporadic anxiety attacks for more than 40 years, and have been on Venlafaxine (for depression) for half of that time. The anxiety could start without warning and last for many hours (without any specific triggers) and I would sometimes try and booze my way out of it. No meds would bring relief during these periods. Five months ago I decided to go private and pay to see a psychiatrist for a 60-minute consultation. One of his suggestions was to try Pregabalin, starting at 50mg at night and rising to 150mg. I can honestly say I haven't had an anxiety attack since, and I'm generally calmer and more accepting of my depression. It's a great relief after 40 years of not knowing how I would fare from day to day."

   
9.0

Sumner (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 20, 2018

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"Pregabalin is amonstrous drug. Anyone belittling its horror has luckily escaped. I was given Pregabalin for generalised anxiety disorder (I’m English), and trying to get off it is destroying me. I’ve tapered it so many times, only to get its nasty effects after a few days. I’ve drank alcohol (because it uses the same receptors and can give immediate relief), but there is nothing that really helps. It’s a diabolical medication that is currently ruling my life. I feel constantly anxious, frightened, I have a permanent headache, ‘flu like symptoms, pins and needles in my skin, problems with vision, the list goes on. I feel trapped. I’m desperate and feel there is nothing I can do. It’s a terrible drug. I was given it to reduce my anxiety after I lost two sons in tragic circumstances. I’m sure I would have been better off dealing with my grief in a natural way. It’s incredibly potent and addictive. I’m now doubting if I ever will get out of it after several attempts. ❤️"

Lizzywood June 17, 2018

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"Have anxiety, PTSD, depression and a long history of alcoholism and drug abuse since teens. I'm 49 now and prescribed Doxipin at 26. I wouldn't rate it well, Sertraline 100mg at 29. Not good. Quit after 8 months. Overseas for next 12 years, no meds. Back in Australia in 2013 and within year back on Sertaline 100mg which at age 49 strangely acts very different, and Temazapam. Quit 12 days ago. Now I have started Lyrica, and took 75mg to try to sleep. Next morning too. Kept it up for last 3 days. Feel better than I have for years. Went to our GP tonite (who didn't originally prescribe me Lyrica) who is well aware of my condition and he's given me a prescription. 75mg x2 daily. Wanted to start me on 25mg but I told him I was already on 150mg daily! Very interesting and wanted to see how I went. No alcohol cravings. No anxiety. Depression gone. Sweated a lot last 3 days. Assuming alcohol withdrawal. Wife is on it for what its originally designed for. Amazing effect over last few days. Hope it lasts!!"

   
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Andy April 30, 2018

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"Its good drug for anxiety and I took it for tics. It stops 90% of my facial tics.. I like it"

   
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Mhmd ali April 12, 2018

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"I have taken other medications to help my anxiety ...Citropram 40mg no real effect. Some help, but it didn't remove that deep inner feeling of anxiety I had crippling my ability to just live 'normally' I'm now free from it, no deep anxious feelings daily.. Its gone. Pregabalin for Anxiety in my opinion Works very well."

   
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alliebee21 (taken for less than 1 month) March 19, 2018

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"Incredibly effective for me. I am usually anxious driving in snow and bad weather to the point of panic attacks. I was prescribed Lyrica, which I thought was mainly for pain, and found my anxiety all but gone, on multiple trips. It doesn’t make me reckless, I still pay close heed, but I no longer feel intense anxiety. It also helps my anxiety in social and work situations. It’s not 100%, but so much better than benzos, BuSpar or other meds I’ve tried. I often think “this is what normal feels like”."

   
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Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 3, 2018

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"I have been on Effexor , 250 mg. and Xanax, 7mg. per day , plus other meds for anxiety and depression . Have fibromyalgia and asked my internist about something for chronic pain all over. He gave me LYRICA , 25 mg twice a day and it's amazing how good I feel. Just started on it 1 week ago and I only take 3 Xanax a day and probably will wean off of it if my doctor increases my dose. I'm a little dizzy but nothing I can't handle. Back pain is gone! But I love that it reduced my anxiety that I've dealt with for 25 years. Love this drug. Hoping I can get off some or all of my other meds."

   
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Mel (taken for less than 1 month) February 26, 2018

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"Hello, I have panic and anxiety attacks and generalized anxiety disorder. I've been taking Pregabalin for 2 years now. I started low on 25mg three times a day. After taking it, for about 3 hours, I felt energetic, had weird tingly sensations on my skin, and probably some other stuff. Nothing too wild, but not always pleasant. After 3 days the side effects from taking a new medication went away completely. After some months I took 50mg three times a day as 3x 25mg didn't cut it. Pregabalin helps me to go back to a calm state of mind, a less tensed up body, takes away the spikes of anxiety and panic attacks, and after therapy, now even completely prevents anxiety from forming. For example: I had anxiety flying, but 30min to 1h after taking Pregabalin, the anxiety went away and I even enjoyed the flight! No side effects worthy to be mentioned. I hope Pregabalin helps you as much as it did me."

   
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Hope33 (taken for 1 to 2 years) February 14, 2018

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"I started at 25 mg/day: no effect. Then 50 mg/day: same. Later 75 mg/day: again no effect. I'm now at 150 mg daily (taken as 75 mg. twice a day) and have insomnia, tremor, morning terror, incredible dizziness (sometimes I have to get in bed because cannot walk (!)) and panic attacks due to the mentioned physical symptoms. I'm also in benzodiazepines withdrawal so it can be the cause of this nightmare but then again Lyrica is supposed to decrease the symptoms... I'll report back when at 200 mg. OK now at 200 mg (100 mg BID): still no effect..."

   
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Raspout February 5, 2018

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"I’ve suffered from anxiety for most of my life. I’ve tried everything. Went on drinking binges. Benzos helped panic but when they wore off, my anxiety only worsened. I’ve tried almost every single antidepressant on the market. Stayed with them hoping the side effects would wear off. They increased my anxiety 10xs over. Effexor-the worst, Paxil and Cymbalta...Zoloft and Celexa were not terrible. Buspirone-nothing. Vistaril-dry mouth, fair effect. Xanax and muscle relaxers knocked me out. Trazadone did nothing-a severe dry mouth. Amitriptyline helped sleep, nothing else. I take tramadol for fibromyalgia and a back surgery-helps anxiety. Finally prescribed Lyrica. I was skeptical, scared, and reluctant. Worried about “staying the course” through side effects. The very first dose was like a light switch. I felt alive and “normal”. No side effects whatsoever. Helped pain, anxiety, and fibromyalgia. This drug absolutely saved my life. I truly would be dead without it."

   
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LoveMyLyrica (taken for 5 to 10 years) February 3, 2018

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"This has been a life saver. Blocks anxiety and I feel much more relaxed and calm. It’s instant within couple hours so doesn’t take weeks to work. No side effects"

   
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MissCarlyjay (taken for less than 1 month) January 25, 2018

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"I'm British and was prescribed Pregabalin by my GP 12 months ago for GAD and Social Anxiety. It is the only drug I have found that actually works for me. It doesn't get rid of the anxiety completely, I still have bad days, but I've not been off work with anxiety in 12 months. There are downsides... drowsiness, inability to concentrate / focus and being very low on energy / exhausted wanting to fall asleep all the time."

   
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LetoMito (taken for 1 to 2 years) January 16, 2018

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"I was prescribed pregabalin for post herpetic neuralgia from a very severe case of Shingles. It works very well for that at 150mg twice daily. I soon noticed my emotional state was much improved. I had been on lexapro in the past for depression but never got past the side effects. I now understand that I was chronically anxious to the point of racing thoughts of impending doom and feelings of isolation. I've experienced none of the dread and insomnia I was burdened with for so long. Side effects have been minimal; some weight gain, periods of overwhelming positive feelings to the point of crying, but I'll take that over negative ones. If the PHN ever goes away I'll talk with my doctor about continuing pregabalin for anxiety."

   
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Markdnl (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 10, 2018

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"Been taking pregabalin for 3 weeks at 300mg twice a day. Absolutely no effect on anxiety whatsoever. No side effects either though, but all in all a complete waste of time."

   
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Jonnyevsky (taken for less than 1 month) January 3, 2018

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"Incredibly effective. I have PTSD related anxiety. I was prescribed Pregabalin for another disorder (Allodynia related to Peripheral Neuropathy) and noticed that my anxiety levels started dropping significantly. My experience is important I feel as I am not taking another medicine for anxiety."

   
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Savvii (taken for 1 to 6 months) December 21, 2017

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"I take lyrica 450mg a day for anxiety. It has saved my life. Takes a couple hours to kick in though so getting dose times right is a must. Watch out for the munchies though lol. Drink plenty water and exercise at least 30min a day and you wont gain any weight."

   
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Carlos85 December 20, 2017

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"Took citalopram for 6 years, killed my anxiety for about 5, the last year just stopped working and I was tiring of the side effects (blunted emotions, no libido). Decided this year I want to come off them for good. I've tried many times in the past unsuccessfully. I take 150 - 200mg a day - different times depending on how I feel that day. Sleeping better, emotions have come back and I am not an anxious wreck! very helpful and no side effects. Today I am having a little bit of a rough day with anxiety but I am safe in the knowledge that Pregablin will prevent it from escalating and that I can safely ride the wave until it passes, thanks to this amazing drug"

   
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Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) November 28, 2017

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"Lyrica has helped with my anxiety but I have Leg and back pain. Maybe related to Lyrica."

   
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Gunner2919 (taken for 1 to 6 months) November 18, 2017

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"I've tried sertraline, amitriptyline and trazodone for depression and anxiety in the past, but none helped my anxiety as much as this. I was told I couldn't use other anxiety meds because I have low blood pressure, but I can use pregablin. It has helped tremendously. I still have panic attacks but instead of many times daily, it's the odd one here and there when something has particularly stressed me out. It doesn't take away the anxiety completely, it's still there and I have really bad days still and it doesn't help depression, but it's much more manageable than before, likewise my OCD isn't as bad either. The only side effect I experience is weird dreams, insomnia and poor memory/memory loss. I recommend!!!"

   
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Indiaaaa October 14, 2017

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