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6.7/10 Average Rating
65 Ratings with 55 User Reviews

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Reviews for Lyrica to treat Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

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"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."

   
9.0

DEB (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 24, 2018

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"Controls it most of the time, but fingers get cold."

   
8.0

Ang (taken for 6 months to 1 year) March 18, 2018

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"My boyfriend started this med and shortly after beginning this medication my boyfriend changed drastically. He became angry, belligerent, irrational, accusatory and more hurtful than I ever imagined. He picked arguments with me every single day for a month and a half before he finally broke up with me citing that it was I, who was awful to him. He got to the point of having to pull off the highway so he could cry. He is not the man he once was, but does not see that he has an issue...has anyone else had any of this?"

Cat March 16, 2018

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"I have had diabetic neuropathy severe leg pain for 15 years. One year ago I started with Lyrica and it only helps fully if I take it with my Tramadol that I was previously on. Taking those two together gives me about 95% pain relief. Before starting Lyrica and tramadol I had been on gabapentin which after 3 years stopped working for me at all. As far as lyrica side effects I had immediate weight gain and increase in appetite and swollen feet legs hands face and fingers but I guess that's the price I had to pay because without the pain relief I finally received I would have soon killed myself."

   
9.0

Kimmyj March 5, 2018

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"I take 100 mg three times daily (TID) for diabetic neuropathy. I find while it lowers the pain, pins and needles, and burning sensation a good deal, it doesn’t eliminate them. I’ll take any improvement though. I previously took opiates which had about the same pain control but I developed tolerance, dependence, all the baggage that comes with opiates. I also tried gabapentin, which worked at high doses, but seemed to work sometimes but not others. It also took 2 hours or so to take effect. Lyrica is nearly instantaneous and reliable. It does make me “high” or “drunk” after taking it, sort of like marijuana mixed with benzos, but milder. It does mess with my short term memory and makes me clumsy. It also blurs my vision a bit. I’m still mostly functional though. Overall it’s an ok tradeoff; moderate side effects for good pain control."

   
9.0

GoodMojo (taken for 6 months to 1 year) February 18, 2018

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"I’m 52 with a good deal of diabetic neuropathy, mainly stabbing pain, occasionally burning or feeling frozen, like frostbite. I tried Gabapentin first, which was moderately effective. My doctor suggested Lyrica, which was only slightly better than Gabapentin. However, the Lyrica was effective enough @ 100 mg TID. Lyrica has a calming effect, and provides me a mild mood boost. It’s nowhere near as powerful as opiates though for pain control though. I also accidentally discovered it all but eliminated opiate withdrawal. I was still restless, brain dead, and exhausted for a week, but almost all the other awful symptoms I had been through before in pain med withdrawal never materialized. Unwelcome side effects for me have been feeling “drunk” with blurred vision for a couple of hours after taking it. I’ve also stopped and restarted it, without major withdrawals. I know some people have significant withdrawals from Lyrica, but I’ve not experienced that."

   
7.0

Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year) February 16, 2018

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"This one of the worst medication ever. It does not help, I end up in tears I am hurting so bad. I drop things, don't even notice, can't open things like I used too. The pain is unbearable, I just think this is a rubbish medication."

   
2.0

Chancy1985 October 9, 2017

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"I have had Diabetic Peripheral neuropathy for many years now. I started with Gabapentin which worked at first but only to a small degree so we switched to Lyrica 75mg. It was as good as the Gabepentin but I hoped for more so we upped it to 100mg. A trial at 150mg did not work at all so I dropped it in 2 days and went back to 100mg. Now it will work but only for one half of a day and I refuse to take more until after dinner. At bedtime I take an OTC product from Hyland for restless legs and another for leg cramps (one & one) with my prescribed 500mg Magnesium and it helps me make it thru the night. Please do not deplete my drug store for the Hylands products. I told one friend and the entire stock was gone in 2 days."

Sally Smooth (taken for 2 to 5 years) July 18, 2017

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"This medicine helped my neuropathic pain, but gave me neck and shoulder pain I couldn't talk without straining to find the words I walked around like I was drunk. I'm off and back to me again"

   
5.0

Maj735 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) February 7, 2017

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"Going to have to decrease dosage (50mg 2x daily) or quit Lyrica due to loss of memory & confusion & jerking. Once could top out any IQ tests but my husband says I can't even find my "behind" anymore. Taking it for neuropathy & came home from complete knee surgery with foot drop in leg operated on. Now the other foot has dropped half way so I am all but an invalid. No more going outside for me to enjoy our horses on our farm. The dry mouth I got with Lyrica also frightens me as afraid I will lose my teeth as others have. Lyrica also causes severe sleepiness. I guess it MIGHT have stopped the shooting pains in my feet at night?"

   
5.0

Poniwoman (taken for 6 months to 1 year) September 20, 2016

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"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."

   
1.0

Cia Pak (taken for less than 1 month) August 29, 2016

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"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?"

   
1.0

Anonymous June 28, 2016

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"Lyrica worked (for 2 weeks) when I first began taking 75mg then it stopped helping at all ...now @ 100mg 3 times a day it still is ineffective.."

   
2.0

TETPOL (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 24, 2016

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"The needle standing pain was bad, but then I developed this feeling like I dipped my lower legs and feet in frying oil. It all is getting worse. It has really been tough especially at night trying to sleep."

   
3.0

Appaz April 17, 2016

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"Eased diabetic nerve pain somewhat but caused "jerking motion" so severe that I could not feed myself. This was with only one month's use. Discontinued use and jerking getting much better."

   
4.0

Early April 3, 2016

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"Lyrica helps with the pain and it works for me I been using it for 5 years but I don't pay any thing for it. my insurance pays it all for me"

dawsons February 28, 2016

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"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."

   
9.0

agss241 January 11, 2016

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"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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LindyF October 27, 2015

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"Edema in ankles and feet, cellulitis in shin and calf, 6 days in hospital, memory loss, dizziness, letharga"

   
3.0

Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) August 23, 2015

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"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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sarahbia August 7, 2015

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"I just started .75 mg. Lyrica two nights ago. Helped me sleep and not annoyed by RLS or diabetic nerve annoyance (not pain). Also, have had issues with back pain and it seems to be helping after such a short time."

   
6.0

pattijacks1113 August 1, 2015

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"have had good results in controlling foot pain,i have type 2 diabetics,and prescribed 50 mg 1 per day.i have had weight gain in 50 lb range.eat very little,age 89 yrs little exercise .works for me"

   
8.0

geno.s July 12, 2015

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"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!"

   
7.0

fishermom (taken for 2 to 5 years) October 17, 2014

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"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!"

   
6.0

B.A.H. (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 19, 2014

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"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."

   
8.0

AnnonnA June 12, 2014

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