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User Reviews for Pregabalin systemic

Also known as: Lyrica, Lyrica CR

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8.1/10 Average Rating
203 Ratings with 199 User Reviews

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"I’ve recently been diagnosed with GAD and recurring depressive disorder after spending almost 16 months in the house, most of that time in the bedroom alone worry sick about those close to me. I’m two weeks in and feel amazing. I have my life back once again! I’m on 50mg twice daily and originally this dose was to ramp up to 600mg per day over a three week period. However I have decided to stay at 50mg for the time being. I felt a bit ‘sea sick’ for the first four days but now I have no symptoms at all. Thanks Lyrica!"

   
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Zubstah (taken for less than 1 month) November 16, 2018

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"Been on this med for a few days now after 10 years of sheer awfulness after a tragic event in our family.. anxiety?? Only way to cope was to spend all day in bed then get up drink a bottle of wine have some valium then go to bed - that was my life. I had tried all anti depressants to no avail, then came across this miracle drug on a website! I thought I'd try that.. doctor agreed to let me try it. 75 mg twice a day .. UNBELIEVABLE anxiety? What anxiety? It has gone.. and good riddance...early days I know but fingers crossed. I feel hopeful for the future thank God. As someone else mentioned on this website - it should be first choice for anxiety medication. It took me years to come across this. I am 67 but have eventually found the gold!!!"

   
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Yeah (taken for less than 1 month) November 8, 2018

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"WARNING - Only take this medication if it’s absolutely necessary! I suffered appalling side effects after about 4 weeks of taking this. It left me bed ridden, unable to walk or look after the kids. All the side effects listed and then some on only a medium dose per day. I reduced over about 5 days to come off it because I was so ill and the withdrawal symptoms are horrific!!! Be very very careful with this medication. IN MY OPINION IT SHOULD BE BANNED. RESEARCH WITHDRAWAL TESTIMONIALS FROM REAL PEOPLE BEFORE TAKING IT. THERE’S THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE SUFFERED ."

Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 30, 2018

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"Works great; happy with it. Has helped greatly"

   
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Maya (taken for less than 1 month) October 6, 2018

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"I have suffered from GAD for as long as I can remember. I have taken numerous SSRI’s over the years which never really worked and came with a host of side effects. After finishing my 3rd round of Sertraline I visited my GP and admitted defeat. The anxiety had won. At that moment he asked if I had tried Pregabalin. I have now been on pregabalin for 2 months and have worked up to 2x300mg a day. It is amazing!! A bit of dizziness at first which has gone now and no further side effects at all. I feel a lot calmer, more energised, relaxed, much more confident and will stand up for myself. I can concentrate better as my mind isn’t racing around. I am more sociable and don’t dread bumping into people. I take the Pregabalin in conjunction with Propranolol 80mg slow release. For myself, Pregabalin works much much better for my GAD than SSRI’s ever did with no side effects."

   
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Maro (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 1, 2018

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"It was not perfect but it was the most effective drug against anxiety that I've ever taken. My dose was 75mgx2/day. I was able to drive while on it. I actually drove better because I wasn't so easily startled. I needed less sleep. I normally need 10-11 hours of sleep a night in order to not feel sleep deprived. With this medication I needed only eight. I felt more connected to people and myself. Less dissociation, so to speak. I wasn't so sore all the time and I had a regular amount of energy. It was not effective against intense feelings of panic and stopping it was a bit troublesome. I experienced withdrawal symptoms for a month. They were severe the first week but became more tolerable as time went by. My body ached during that time and I felt endlessly tired. The reason why I stopped this medication was because of concerns about addiction."

   
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College girl (taken for 6 months to 1 year) September 22, 2018

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"I feel less anxious but I also feel like a zombie. My concentration span is nonexistent, I feel heavily sedated and confused. I do not think the side effects are worth the medication’s effect for me."

   
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Yellow (taken for less than 1 month) September 21, 2018

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"From the UK - Tried almost everything over the last 25 years but nothing really helped, this was suggested months ago, got a prescription from the doctor, who has never prescribed this for anxiety/panic before, the prescription sat in the cupboard for weeks due to my uncertainty and that I had been off all meds for 9 months. Anyway I started taking this for odd days and now I've been on it for 3 days continuous, the effect was immediate. I have now gone into many situations that would normally make me panic etc, expecting to get them horrible feelings and physical symptoms but nothing, just calm, its strange but good. I was concerned the drug would make me feel out of it or unusual but I feel normal just without the horrible disorder I had, it is a miracle, but its early and will see how I get on."

   
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bruce (taken for less than 1 month) September 6, 2018

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"I was diagnosed by a psychiatrist as having a severe anxiety disorder. I have tried pretty much everything to help including: SSRIs, other anti depressants, benzos, herbal remedies, yoga, meditation, exercise, diet changes, you name it. Lyrica has literally changed my life. I could not handle how my life was and it was starting to impact my relationships and my work in negative ways. I have not had any anxiety in the past month since starting to take it. I am interested in activities which I once found too hard to even contemplate due to depression/anxiety. I have way more energy to clean my house and work my 2 jobs and I'm rarely stressed out. I've also managed to taper down on my SSRI and I hope to be off it soon. Yay no more weird side effects! Also, I don't need to take nearly as much sleeping medication as I did. Just a word of warning: my first 2 or 3 days on Lyrica were insane. I felt very speedy, but things have definitely mellowed out."

   
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Sarah August 29, 2018

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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"

   
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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."

   
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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"

   
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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."

   
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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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