User Reviews for Pregabalin
Also known as: Lyrica
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Reviews for Pregabalin to treat Pain
"I am a nurse, so needless to say back pain like so many of us, but the nasty burning shooting kind of pain radiating from thoracic spine out around ribs. I am awaiting more testing as still figuring out what is wrong but put on lyrica about 3 weeks ago, some relief within a few days, dose increased, more relief. The dose increased again with good effect. I do notice if I am late on a dose or miss a dose, sure pay for it, takes some time for pain to come back under control. I say as I write this at 5 am having not slept a wink. I'm currently on 150 mg twice daily. I'm gaining a belly but have not gotten on the scales, initially giddy and absent minded but that has subsided even with dosage increases. I think its a good drug choice for me. here hoping."
wwl, 60 yo RN (taken for less than 1 month) August 17, 2017
10 users found this comment helpful.
"I find it helpful for sleep 150 mg with seroquel and Xanax. Sometimes it makes me dreamy or spacey not unpleasant but maybe for its reputation as a street drug in larger doses I have never tried. I don't have much anxiety so have nothing to add."
Anonymous (taken for 2 to 5 years) August 12, 2017
1 users found this comment helpful.
"This medication is first line treatment in chronic pain. Its pharmacological side effects are quite similar to benzodiazepenes. Side effects include acute cognitive impairment, significant motor control reduction, loss of swift reflex's, inability to concentrate etc etc. Anyone who studied pharmacology knows that benzodiazepene's are far more addictive physically and mentally and the withdrawal can be LETHAL, via seizure and death, as compared to opiods/iates, where it will not kill but the withdrawal will be highly uncomfortable. So lyrica, gabapentin and the other drugs that fall into the category, at least of the way I lay them out as 'gaba-nergic' like, side effect, drugs. These drugs are MORE DANGEROUS THEN OPIODS. This is objective."
Educated Pharmacologist (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 13, 2017
30 users found this comment helpful.
"Many years of acute back pain episodes, now 7 years of chronic pain, severe oesteoarthritis all over inc back, herniated inoperable disc, spinal cord stimulator June 2014. Started Lyrica 7 months ago, now at 75mg x 2, twice daily. Reduced oxycodone from 80mg daily to 40mg daily, tramadol for breakthrough. Hope to increase Lyrica and further reduce oxy. Still do PT for flares. PT is needling with electricity, like acupuncture with electricity running thru needles. It is amazing. No side effects, no weight gain but possibly weight moved to stomach area, no problem. 5ft 3in, 125 lbs Lyrica is no miracle but finally found combo of therapy, meds (Lyrica inc) for some quality of life."
Old Gal 72 January 8, 2017
18 users found this comment helpful.
"After using tramadol, these had an immediate effect, arthritus, MND problems controlled, chronic pain daily can be quite bad, but this helps along with Nuroxen makes it manageable"
Fisky (taken for 1 to 6 months) September 17, 2016
16 users found this comment helpful.
"Helps me fall asleep, but doesn't control my pain as much as I would like."
stormy699 (taken for 5 to 10 years) July 1, 2016
22 users found this comment helpful.
"I've been on 75 mg twice a day for three months which took the edge off my sciatica but did little for lower back pain. A week ago my dosage increased to 150mg twice a day and my back pain is good and sciatica is gone. Additionally my general anxiety is eased. There's no worsening of my depression symptoms (I manage depression/anxiety with efexor). Aside from mild sedation I've had a great result from lyrica so far. Hope it continues working this well! :)"
Libby Hyett May 28, 2016
54 users found this comment helpful.
"changed my life. i highly recommend this medication. it works!"
Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 4, 2016
21 users found this comment helpful.
"I found Pregabalin help the pain from my spinal stenosis, but the anxiety and depression that it caused meant I had to reduce the amount I took. I think it works for some people, but anyone suffering from depression it makes it 100 times worse."
Jan24 (taken for 5 to 10 years) April 27, 2016
25 users found this comment helpful.
"I've only been taking Lyrica since Friday, but so far its lessoned my pain by about 85%. I have chronic back pain from a fall a few years ago. I've been on pain meds, had epideral shot. Nothing seem to help in long-term. Dr only gave me samples but said if it helped he would write a prescription. I hope my insurance will pay there part, without a fuss."
missbam (taken for less than 1 month) March 7, 2016
25 users found this comment helpful.
"I am 36, have a bad case of herniated disc that hits me in the back. Lyrica has helped a lot with pain and overcoming my hernia's crisis twice, at 150-300 mg daily. This is not an example of chronic use, although I might be such one case in the future if the problem persists. In lower doses it seems to take more time (days) to take effect, in higher doses the side-effects are more pronounced. My side-effects were: slight sedation, euphoria, strange body coordination, all in all: the psychoactivity. One can have an accident on these, so caution should be exercised and doctors instructions followed strictly. Using cars or other potential dangerous machines should probably be avoided too. "
Herniated disc C4/C5 7mm (taken for less than 1 month) December 26, 2015
39 users found this comment helpful.
"In rather high doses 300 mg two times daily it works ok, but gives memory and concentration problems"
Echobase (taken for 2 to 5 years) December 21, 2015
24 users found this comment helpful.
"been on Lycria for 6 months 75mg twice daily then 150mg twice daily. Had facet joint injections and spinal block. Found out I had CFS and Fibromyalgia. Tried stopping lycria for 1 day as I gained confidence. Went back on it within 1 day leg and lower back pain unbearable. Sleep much better on it . Would advise anyone to try for chronic pain- side effects much less than Gabapentin by far. Had to stop work lost cognitive ability and brain fog worsened"
sbibb December 8, 2015
35 users found this comment helpful.
"I was prescribed this capsule when my pain in left thigh muscle became unbearable and I was not able to stand or walk. Either this, or combined first 3 days muscle relaxant made my pain vanish. I was prescribed for 15 days and after 8 days, I forgot to take one night. I felt much better next day (after not taking). As I am getting pain in knee joints, which I did not have earlier, I think, I will gradually stop it."
Navan (taken for less than 1 month) August 25, 2015
15 users found this comment helpful.
"This worked wonders for me but I have an allergy to it, was warmed it would make me drowsy but made me have crazy anxiety and tight-chest. Problem was it completely eliminated my sciatic and lower back pain. Couldn't cope with side effects on 75mg so dropped to 25mg, still too harsh side effects. Moved on to Gabapentin in last 48 hours which has seen back pain return but no sciatic pain or tightness. I am allergic/have a bad intolerance to caffeine and it was exactly the same reaction. Sadly due to side effects this tablet didn't work out for me"
Philni (taken for less than 1 month) June 26, 2015
35 users found this comment helpful.
"Been suffering with low back pain worse in the buttocks and sometimes hips. Numbness, tingling in both legs. Underwent a laminotomy for spinal compression due to synovial cyst and facet joint disease. Have a couple herniated discs, but left alone in surgery...felt I would recover from this on its own as I have very mild degenerative disc disease.. Since taking Lyrica for only 3 days at a low dose my pain has subsided enough so I could actually leave my home to go out to dinner. Pain went from about "10" at its worst down to about a m "2-3". I would say try it as it may work for you. Side effects are less than gabapention."
barney m. March 15, 2015
76 users found this comment helpful.
"I have had severe pain to the point I have lost my ability to walk and need to use a wheel chair for the past seven years. My DR. (last year) put me on Lyrica and it saved my life! I had been put on every type of pain killer and I needed a lot of them. Now I have lower doses of my pain medicines and I feel tons better! Anyone who is looking into this medication PLEASE at least try it, take it as you told to by your DR. and give it four weeks to fully work it's magic, I almost asked my DR. to take me off it, three weeks into taking it, but my wife told me to give it one more week and BOOM! she was right. It's not like anything you have ever tried! My only problem with it is it needs time to work. It's worth the wait!"
Donny_57 (taken for 2 to 5 years) October 14, 2014
112 users found this comment helpful.
"For severe chronic insomnia, Pregabalin does increase sleep for sure and I have regained many hours, even if it wasn't on the exact clock I planned. Combined with a good sleep-initiating medicine (i.e. trazodone), pregabalin is an even better lifesaver than alone. Next, pregabalin works quite well for benzodiazepine withdrawals. Lastly, it does work well for depression and anxiety. The downside is that it will dull cognition greatly and can also greatly increase depression at certain doses. For me, the best dose for sleep isn't great for those reasons however lowering the dosage (after a break) has provided better results. Takes experimenting with dosages."
Akester (taken for 1 to 6 months) November 28, 2013
58 users found this comment helpful.
"Just started Lyrica for extreme pain in my thoracic spine after a workplace injury causing a muscular ligamentous tear of my medial scapula. I tried every sort of pain medication available with absolutely no relief. My Dr. prescribed Lyrica for me a few days ago and about 4 hours after the first dose I noticed a change in my level of pain. Had massive side effects though such as vertigo, dizziness, light headed, blurred vision, etc. I did have a fever though from an unrelated condition so I'm not sure whether it is related to the Lyrica. I have continued taking this medication with the hope that the side effects ease and the pain remains minimal. I'm worried about weight gain that others are talking about. I've just lost 25kg, don't want it back."
Penpens (taken for less than 1 month) July 31, 2013
67 users found this comment helpful.
"I've been taking Pregabilin for approx 4 weeks. Started on 1 x 30mg cap, twice daily but I found taking 2 x 30mg at a time eased my pain better. Doc then changed prescription to 50mg twice daily. As a painkiller it is fantastic. I've never known a painkiller like it, however one bad side effect is my swollen feet. I fear that I will have to change to something else if it continues to make my feet swell, because it is extremely uncomfortable. Another side effect is the feeling of being drunk. It does however help me to sleep. I haven't slept this well in years, though I wake up feeling groggy. I could live with all these side effects, if I could overcome the swollen feet."
Nicolante June 18, 2013
87 users found this comment helpful.
"Very good medication. I was originally given it for fibromyalgia, but I noticed it also helps me with anxiety, and helps me sleep."
Anonymous February 22, 2012
67 users found this comment helpful.
"Lyrica has saved my life, just wish I'd have started taking it sooner and it would have saved my marriage. My pain is completely controlled and I am no longer taking anti-depressants. I didn't realize it helped with GAD, but it does. I actually feel human again and interact with others. It does have some side effects, can't concentrate and a drunk feeling but compared to the pain I was enduring, these side effects are worth it to me."
KyRho February 14, 2012
78 users found this comment helpful.
"I'm forty and have degenerative disc disease in the spine for 7 lowest discs and the usual joys of debilitating chronic pain and sciatica and physical disability. An episode of severe pain and nerve issues recently meant I was signed off for 4 weeks to rest, however during this time my whole nervous and neurological pain got worse as well as physical collapse and spread to my face hands, arms and body functionality. The lowest point in five years thus far. I was put on Pregablin 75mg /2x day and although the first week was strange with hyper elation, a foggy mind and some humorous speech issues but when it kicked in the transformation was amazing. 3 months later I'm far more stable and working fulltime. Some back pain has returned with occasional sciatica."
Anonymous December 17, 2011
81 users found this comment helpful.
Lyrica (pregabalin): "I have taken 3 x 75mg, and amazed at how well Lyrica worked for me after only taking 1 pill. I feel like I can get comfortable for the first time in years. I have high hopes that this doesn't wear off and I can continue to feel so good. I feel like a miracle, really has helped my all over body pain that I live with for years."
Anonymous November 18, 2011
68 users found this comment helpful.
Lyrica (pregabalin): "I have suffered severe pain for 20 years following a motorcycle accident. During this time I have tried every sort of pain relief available to me, mainly narcotic drugs which I found as bad as the pain itself. Earlier this year I was prescribed Lyrica as far as pain relief goes...fantastic. After a few months (1x 75mg cap per day) I experienced total confusion and was unable to perform my daily tasks at work or at home. I was becoming agitated and experienced suicidal thoughts. Things returned to normal after a week or so of not taking Lyrica. Because it worked so well I am tempted to give it another go. It was just so good to not feel the pain anymore."
mezzy September 15, 2011
55 users found this comment helpful.
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