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User Reviews for Lyrica to treat Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

Lyrica has an average rating of 6.2 out of 10 from a total of 60 ratings for the treatment of Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy. 50% of users who reviewed this medication reported a positive effect, while 28% reported a negative effect.

Lyrica Rating Summary

6.2/10 average rating

60 ratings from 63 user reviews.

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Reviews for Lyrica

Anonymous July 14, 2021

“Nightmare med. Doesn’t work on pain. So many horrid side effects: suicidal, vivid nightmares each time you sleep, makes you very sleepy, sleep nearly 24/7, makes you feel awful, doesn’t help at all with pain, fast & huge weight gain, hair fell out in clumps, makes you angry & changes your personality negatively.”

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Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 6 months October 25, 2020

“I took Lyrica along with endone for a few months with slipped disc and impacted nerve , without it I was in agony. Endone in its own didn’t do much but with Lyrica I coped with the pain and could also attend physiotherapy until I was better. I was extremely thankful for it.”

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Pdlbc · Taken for 1 to 6 months October 19, 2020

“I had taken Lyrica for about a month and then caught the flu - not Covid-19- my neurologist prescribed an antibiotic. One morning @2 days later, I took a second dose of Lyrica a few hours after the first because my leg was hurting and had a bad reaction. I blacked out, but was mumbling, seemingly had a seizure, was responsive, but didn’t remember anything. My husband took me to the ER. I woke up at 7:00 pm. I thought I was making sense talking, but my husband said I wasn’t. There for 2 weeks. Occupational therapist tested me daily - took that long for me to totally make sense, walk better, etc. I still had trouble thinking of some words for about 2 months. Once in a while I still have trouble with words now after 6 months. I advise not using Lyrica if there is anything else you can take.”

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Mec · Taken for 1 to 6 months November 5, 2019

“I have neuropathic pain ( burning, pins and needles, numbness ) in the pads of my feet, non diabetic. My internist prescribed Lyrica. Tried it for about a month - no help. Went to a Neurologist who prescribed Tegretol 400 mg. Extended Release. Within a week my pain went from a 10 to a 2. Been taking one a day for over ten years with no side effects. Originally this med was developed for seizures but patients with neuropathy as well as seizures told their Docs that it helped with the neuropathy and thus it is now used for this condition. Highly recommend it. Initially you may feel some sluggishness but within a very short time that goes away.”

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chris 74 · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 23, 2013

“I have type 1 diabetes for 25 yrs. Neuropathy diagnosis for 16 yrs. Was on gabapentin for 16 yrs and it quit working for me. 2 months ago my doctor put me on Lyrica and what a difference my pain in feet and legs is all but gone! Thank you Pfizer for Lyrica it has made such a difference in my quality of life!”

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neuropain! · Taken for less than 1 month August 31, 2013

“Started taking Lyrica yesterday for severe diabetic neuropathy in both feet and lower legs. I am currently on Suboxone for a 15 year addiction to opiates and was concerned that Lyrica wouldn't work because my body is so screwed up from all the years of opiate use and most medications do not work well for me. Thirty minutes after the first dose I noticed a significant improvement in the neuropathic pain. My bedtime dose was another 75 milligram capsule and I slept better than I have slept in months! This medicine has been a God send for me so far. Hoping that it continues to work well for me! Thanks Pfizer!”

10 / 10
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trisho February 28, 2008

“I love the drug but I am experiencing EXCESSIVE Weight Gain. I began the medication in November 2007. To date, I have gained 30 lbs. Some of my now FAT clothes have gotten too tight.:( Has anyone else experienced this problem??”

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Anonymous June 28, 2016

“The nerve pain became so unbearable that it forced me to take lyrica despite the bad reviews and long list of negative side effects. I was told by many that it worked a lot better that neurontin with less drastic negative effects. Well, it has eased my pain some, but the side effects have taken my life from me. I'm dizzy at times, my head is always foggy and not clear thinking, I have depression, anger outbursts I've never had before, daily nausea, and am so tired that I can sleep all day and night long and can barely function. Unfortunately the alternative medications have even worse negative side effects, so what are we supposed to do in order to have some normalcy?”

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Shirlv · Taken for 2 to 5 years September 16, 2019

“My diabetes was in good control for two years before I started experiencing severe symptoms of peripheral neuropathy in my lower legs and feet. Lyrica has been a miracle drug for relief of the stabbing pain in my legs. However, it doesn't help much for the horrible burning in my feet. Also, I occasionally feel like I'm still walking on marbles. The nerve studies have concluded I'm getting it in my hands also. I've been fortunate that my side effects have been minimal. If it helped more with burning, I would rate it s 10.”

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AnnonnA June 12, 2014

“Lyrica is about as effective as opiates without the baggage that comes with the latter. Lyrica has it's own side effects for me while working up to 450 mg/day including a floaty spaced out sensation, INSANE appetite, and constipation - these side effects largely disappeared at the 2-week point. Pain relief was fairly quick, at about the third or fourth day.”

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Anonymous · Taken for less than 1 month August 25, 2012

“My husband suffers from neuropathy and his Dr put him on Lyrica 75mg twice a day. The side effects were horrible, he had to stop taking it immediately. He was dizzy, had headaches, off balance, couldn't judge distance, and it looked to him like the walls and floors were moving.”

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Anonymous February 25, 2008

“I was have burning pain to my feet, with sharp shooting pains from my toes. Lyrica has completly stopped both kinds of pain. It has also helped with the shart shooting pains in my fingers - arthritis related.”

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agss241 January 11, 2016

“I was taking Lyrica for several years. I stopped taking it because of the price. My prescription medications are covered by Medicare & other insurance, but I do not believe in indiscriminately spending Medicare money. So, again, only because of the cost, I stopped. My feet went wild, burning pain, could not even have the bed covers on them at night. I got my Rx for Lyrica renewed and when it came I first took 2 caps in order to see if it would get started again. It did! I'm going to be doing a bit of research on the internet for a lower cost alternative. Gabapentin looks good at the moment, maybe on my next doc appt. I'll try it. I gave it only a 9 because of the cost, but for effectiveness I'd give it as high a number as allowed.”

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justbg · Taken for less than 1 month April 13, 2013

“I started Lyrica 30 days ago and take 150mg per day. I have not received any relief in my neuropathy. I have a constant headache and my vision is fuzzy. I am hoping the Lyrica will solve these problems in 60 days or I will have to stop the medicines.”

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fishermom · Taken for 2 to 5 years October 17, 2014

“I've been taking Lyrica for about 4 years now and because of the cost, I end up in the "donut hole" lately and the cost is almost $200 and that's with my insurance! While it works pretty well I have been forced to cut down to 2, 150mg pills a day to save up enough for at least one month. I'm a senior and $200 the last 3 months of the year is a budget breaker!”

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Anonymous February 19, 2012

“I recently started taking Lyrica for two herniated discs. The doctor said I have massive nerve damage that will result in surgery but suggested taking this medication temporarily until surgery because my pain was unbearable! At first I was a little off balance but within a week I wasn't constantly in pain....within a month my pain was almost gone and I refuse to do surgery now! Thanks Lyrica for making this happen!”

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Anonymous September 13, 2010

“I have been using Lyrica for about 2 months now. I originally quit it because I gained 7 pounds in a week. Stopped taking it. Could not stand the pain in my feet, outer thighs and now along my belt line. I noticed that the weight gain seemed to be from an increased appetite. I have been able to keep the weight off by being very mindful of my hunger, or mindless eating. I am 5'10" 185lbs. Without Lyrica I don't really get hungry. Mind is bigger than the belly when I order food. With Lyrica I find I could eat a horse, and a cow and maybe a squirl as an after dinner snack ..LOL. It makes me lose what ever normal appetite suppresent that I may have. It does wonders for my nerve pain that started 6 months ago and seems to get worse without Lyrica.”

9 / 10
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DBT2009 August 18, 2009

“I started using Lyrica six months after it was put on the market and I think it is a miracle drug for those of us who could not sleep or relax in any way due to severe neuropathy. The only side effect I experienced was sleepiness which disappeared after about a week. This is a wonderful, wonderful thing for diabetics with nerve pain. Thank you to the makers!”

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B.A.H. · Taken for 1 to 6 months June 19, 2014

“I did not feel it was helping all that well with the pain.[ lower, middle back and rib] I went from 25 mg to 75, 150 then 225mg. I found I was tired and lethargic. I had a dry mouth and throat constantly, and my vision was hard to focus, jumpy. I had stopped and restarted after 4 months, still the same. Breathing is harder, so I've noticed this time. I have stopped for good!”

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DEB · Taken for 1 to 6 months March 24, 2018

“I guess I'm one of the lucky ones or with the expected cases. My nerve pain is so mild now that I can almost forget about. Lyrica changed my life for the better! Within the first week I was able to walk up my steps without pain, without needed to stop and wait because of pain. I'm sleeping well now and doing my favorite thing to walk through Thrift stores and Peddler Malls with my Daughter. I hope anyone else starting Lyrica will have the success that I had.”

9 / 10
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sarahbia August 7, 2015

“I have been taking Lyrica for the last three years and I don't know how I would live without it. In 2012, I was involved in a serious accident, sustaining an incomplete spinal cord injury, as well as severe injuries to my lower limbs. The pain is not as bad as it was in the beginning, but I am in constant pain and, according to my pain management and spinal and lower limb reconstruction consultants, this will probably always be the case. Initially I thought if I found the right combination of medications I could stop it and so I tried all of the other drugs prescribed for neuropathy, as well as some more experimental ones. Without Lyric I spent a lot of time crying and ended up in hospital a few times because the pain was so bad.”

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lyricafatty November 11, 2010

“I was already overweight and went on Lyrica because of the tingling in my hands and feet being intolerable. Three weeks later, its like I woke up one morning and none of my clothes fit. I got on the scale and from the time my doctor gave me this pill to current and have gained over 25 lbs. It's a shame I have to decide between being obese or able to sleep and be pain free.”

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pre chat February 22, 2012

“Ive been prescribed pregabalin for 3 yrs and over the last year I've noticed that I am progressivly forgetting things which are important i.e Bills or appointments. Anything really, it just depends. They are good for what they are prescribed for but on the other hand, is it just me?”

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LindyF October 27, 2015

“Been taking this for about 5 years and has helped lessen pain a lot, only side effects are some swelling of the legs and feet. Only issue is my body seems to get use to it and have to increase dosage every 6 mths - year. Started out on 75 mg and now up to 300 mg at night and 100 mg during the day. Have tried just about every other drug with no results, this was the only drug that offered relief.”

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Canuck Sue January 14, 2012

“I have been on this medication for 4 years now. There has been a 20 pound weight gain, so far. My GP is always after me about the weight gain however I would rather be fat and happy then suffering from the pain it used to cause. I also take methadone as a pain killer. The sad part to the Lyrica is the price.”

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Anonymous June 9, 2009

“I was put on 50mg of Lyrica at age 62. Within a week there was noticeable improvement in the amount of burning and tingling in my feet and legs. Within a month the burning and tingling disappeared. At 3 months I had gained 15 pounds at a rate of 5 pounds per month. Most importantly I began to notice I did not care if I lived or died. I stopped taking the drug. I have also experience this with antidepressants. For 6 months after stopping Lyrica I remained relatively free of pain. By 8 months the burning and tingling have returned at their full intensity. I rate the drug a 5, great for pain with serious side effects.”

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shy shy February 15, 2010

“I love this medication!!! With out lyrica i would not be able to walk.Nerve damage from diabetes has taken its toll on my nerves in my feet and legs. My new insurance company is denying my coverage for lyrica.But my drs are trying to keep me on lyrica because i have been i it for so long.Shame on insurance companies who r just trying to save a buck!!! Not fair”

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Cia Pak · Taken for less than 1 month August 29, 2016

“Day 1, Neuropathy specialist at Cornell hospital NY , came home with Lyrica. by end of the day I could see some changes on my pain. Day 2, Pain was gone but I was very sleepy not able to concentrate. Day 3, slept all day could not keep my balance and my dreams was almost real. Day 4, very sleepy and unresponsive, it was so bad that I could not feel my low blood sugar until all my body was shaking and I needed help to take sugar. Day 5, STOP taking the dame thing. Day 6, Pick up the phone, called my doctor and used every word I have learned in English on him and those scientist, who came up with this IDEA. Instead of spending their time and knowledge to fin cure for diabetes, they just look for accommodating, Just to make MONEY.”

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