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Neuralgia 40 reviews 30 medications
   
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Postherpetic Neuralgia 18 reviews 39 medications
   
7.0
Neuropathic Pain 109 reviews 3 medications
   
6.8
Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy 47 reviews 40 medications
   
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Fibromyalgia 261 reviews 20 medications
   
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Summary of Lyrica reviews 478 reviews 6.6

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For Fibromyalgia "Been on this Lyrica 200mg for @ least 2 yrs I still have a lot of pain from having the disease of Fibromyalgia & Chronic pain along with arthritis they raised it up to the highest dose & still hurt very much & I agree with the lady above u do gain weight trying to hang in there! Hope they find something better for me & every one else Blessings to all "

   
5.0

Sherry Brigham April 18, 2017

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For Fibromyalgia "Doc has me taking 150 mg morning and 150 mg evening. I have gained 50 pounds in 6 months. I am going to get him to take me off this. I went on a salad diet for a week with balsamic vinegar dressing (1 Tablespoon for a huge salad). I ate salad for lunch and dinner and drank nothing but water with lemon in it. I gained 2 pounds. I told this to my doctor and he said that I must have cheated. Why would anyone go on just a salad diet if they weren't serious about losing weight? I do not recommend this drug. I did start using cyclobenzaprine and it really helps with the leg cramps."

   
4.0

Rubydoobie April 17, 2017

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For Neuropathic Pain "I have had chronic pain from Spinal Stenosis for over 25 years. Neck shoulders and lower back. I was on Lyrica 150 mg twice a day a couple years ago & truthfully can not remember why I stopped taking it. Since the "war on pain meds" My Dr. ask me to try it again. I took for 2 weeks then I started getting blurred vision, confusion, memory loss, & I would be standing in a store and twice the husband had to catch me because I was just falling over. I felt sick inside, instead of my quality of life improving it went down hill. I will never take this so called med again. I will live with the 10 to 15 pain level somehow if I have to spend the rest of my life just sitting still or in the bed. I also got to the point I was severely depressed. Do NOT take this drug."

   
1.0

KatNewman1958 April 11, 2017

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For Neuropathic Pain "I started taken lyrica for trigger spots (burning painful hot spots through out my back) plus lower back pain. I began taking 150mg 2x a day. It was wonderful, no more daily nagging pain. However, the side affects started to out weigh the pain relief. I had to start taking a water pills because of the water retention, my memory& cognitive thinking were really effected. On three separate occasions, I was sent home from work because I was so drowsy I kept falling asleep. I was staggering, slurring my speech. My supervisor thought I had been drinking. It was very embarassing. If I did not have all these side effects, I would've stayed on these meds but it was getting out of control-my weight has sky rocketed also. I'm weening off.Pain is back."

   
2.0

Weeper (taken for 6 months to 1 year) April 2, 2017

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For Neuropathic Pain "Taking Tramadol for over ten years and really need to stop. The pain I get though when I run out is indescribable.....my spine is atrocious. Crying with it today, it's agony. So....asked doc for Lyrica, in high hopes of relief bit it isn't touching it. Fully believe I have damaged nerves/FM from long term opioid intake.....but this drug is not helping at all Can't bear the thought of needing to stay on Tramadol. 60 yrs old now, it's not on.. Don't know which way to turn now"

   
1.0

Blue Lena April 1, 2017

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For Neuropathic Pain "I would not recommend Lyrica to anyone. I had severe neck pain and nerve issues, and prescribed Lyrica, slowly increasing my dosage. I was up to a total of 300mg twice a day and the medicine had an issue with the Zoloft I was taking causing Serotonin Syndrome. I didn't feel a significant change in pain after taking Lyrica for over 3 months. After I had my neck surgery, I started slowly decreasing my Lyrica. It has absolutely been the worst medicine to come off of. Decreasing dosages as small as 25mg impacted my whole life. I couldn't stay awake, was in a cloud, felt nauseous and completely un-motivated. If I ever knew these side effects were a potential I would have never started taking this med. Advise taking with caution!"

   
1.0

pain_in_the_neck (taken for 6 months to 1 year) March 27, 2017

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For Fibromyalgia "The pain from Fibromyalgia comes as MUSCLE cramping, tingling, twitching, spasms, etc. It is not a "nerve" illness per se, yet doctors think people are stupid and prescribe this anyway. It does nothing for the pain or fatigue from Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue/M.E. Until people realize that legitimate users of meds such as Hydrocodone, morphine ER, etc are rarely abused by people in genuine chronic pain, doctors will continue to jeopardize patients lives by giving them meds like this as a placebo with nasty side effects. One doctor also put me on Paxil which gave me Serotonin Syndrome and I was in Intensive care for a week! This was when SSRI's first came out and I went into med journals. Avoid this for chronic MUSCLE pain."

   
1.0

PainfulPatty (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 24, 2017

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For Neuropathic Pain "Initial euphoric effects wore off so dosage was increased. Was told would treat nerve pain and later told good for anxiety. My anxiety got worse on med as when it was due or late I was ill, it has addictive qualities I do not like. My health took a nose dive on this and I had to come off due to blurred vision, weight gain, blocked bowel. My Doctor advised decreasing of 75mg a week. My first drop was hell completely threw me into panic as I felt so ill, no one explained withdrawal when I saw medics in a state no one comforted me saying it could be the reduction too high/quick for me, after all in hindsight if I felt unwell late taking one dose then dropping 75mg wouldn't be helpful quickly, lower doses not easy to get as more costly to NHS etc"

   
1.0

Formerhopeful (taken for 1 to 2 years) March 24, 2017

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For Fibromyalgia "Lyrica has been a big life changer for me!! Thank goodness I found a Dr who prescribed me this. I was in terrible pain and had bad fatigue to where I couldn't live life-- I have 3 kids who I couldn't keep up with. I can't say that everything is perfect now but it's pretty darn close! I hardly have any pain and my fatigue has decreased. I take 75 mg twice a day. I pray for everyone with Fibro to keep working at it until you find something that works."

   
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Lezliew (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 24, 2017

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For Neuropathic Pain "Living with polyneuropathy, Fibromyalgia, spinal stenosis and lots of arthritis is difficult. I started on 200 mg twice a day then increased to 300 mg three times a day. I developed a problem with my kidneys, not from Lyrica, and had to decrease the dose to 300 mg twice a day. I have to say that I get little pain relief from this med but do get a feeling of well-being, or contentment. So, I call it my little happy pill. When I miss a dose, I notice I'm a bit depressed. It's not an antidepressant but it works that way for me. Thank you"

   
8.0

Bluedoglily March 17, 2017

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For Neuralgia "I have three primary headaches types and neuralgia due to lower back injury. Intractable Migraine, migraine, chronic cluster headache and sciatic neuralgia - 1st dose ramped my 'easy' cluster headache to a 10 and my neuralgia on left side is killing me and I want to throw up. What a great freaking drug."

   
1.0

Clusterhead March 11, 2017

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For Neuropathic Pain "Lyrica made me unbearably tired and nauseous - and that's just on 25 mg twice a day. Had to stop taking it. Will never take it again."

   
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Lilydale Cider (taken for less than 1 month) March 10, 2017

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For Neuropathic Pain "On narcotics, muscle relaxers for neuropathic pain from inoperable herniated discs, arthritis in back. Narcotics cut in half by doctor and prescribed Lyrica, 75mg once at night, then 75mg am and pm and on til taking 150mg am, pm. Nothing. Today an additional 75 mg to be added midday. Decided to check here before taking more. Wow. I have had left hand/arm jerks where my arm just flies up, once throwing iPad mini across the room, another time scatting nuts everywhere while chopping them. I now realize this condition started with Lyric and gets worse with increased dosage. I am going to slowly stop this drug because a) it does nothing for pain, and b) what has it done to my brain?"

   
3.0

Older Not Wiser (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 6, 2017

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For Neuropathic Pain "I have several issues on my L spine it's hard to deal with the pain from day today and Lyrica has helped me get through some of the pain but not all of it. One day I'll be able to be pain-free if the surgery helps me I'm up to 200 mg of the Lyrica two times a day. My doctor says that if I do have surgery he will not let me return to my job my job consists of working 12 hours shifts on my feet all of the 12 hours I make bread bags for a company and it's a very difficult job but also helps me relieve my mind from the pain. I'll be going to my surgeon to get my neck surgery times two to see my L spine MRIs to see what he thinks I do not want to have the surgery I would like to wait until I retire. I have Sciatica in both legs and Lyrica his help to me somewhat does anybody else go through this pain"

   
9.0

Tammyserrano40 March 5, 2017

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For Neuropathic Pain "I had an accident in April 2016. Riding lawnmower fell on top of me in a deep ditch. It knocked me out and caused severe lumbar spinal stenosis , pinched nerves . Up until this year I was in a lot of pain due to the nerves being pinched by my spine. All this time I have seen 3 doctors, really 4, one neurologist, 2 neurosurgeons, internist. No one even suggested Lyrica for my pain...except the neurologist who did the nerve conduction study. He said it worked for restless leg syndrome which I also have. I go some Lyrica and tried it. It has brought me from 10 pain level to a 2 or 3. I get up early now like I used to, I have the will to do things on my property etc. I had lost the desire to even get out of bed, I wish I had tried Lyrica a lot sooner, it gave me my life back."

   
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Olladysloshpot March 3, 2017

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For Fibromyalgia "My own experience was awful. I did not gain weight but I had been suffering with depression because of all the pain I was in. My doctor prescribed these which in my option she should have never done specially when I was very down at the time. I've never experienced such thoughts in my life the only time I got a break from my own thoughts was when I was sleeping. If you are feeling down at all while taking these my advice go see your doctor ASAP do not continue with these not advisable to anyone with depression"

   
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Jennifer200 (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 3, 2017

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For Neuropathic Pain "I have L5/S1 disk herniation and this medication had saved my life, I can walk and stand for long periods of time again thanks to this medication. This had been a life saver. I use the Co pay card from the Lyrica Web site."

   
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Kskinner1971 (taken for 2 to 5 years) February 25, 2017

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For Fibromyalgia "Blurred vision while driving 70, Nightmares, terrible balance, falling in the shower (took 30-min to get back up) my 4 & 6 year kids had to "rescue" me and turn off the water, Restless legs keeping me awake until all hours of the morning. 1 eye has twitched for 3 days now. Just to name a few of the side effects. This medicine needs to be an absolute last resort with doctors warning patients about all of these awful side effects prior to prescribing. I am a former licensed practical nurse, and this is unacceptable as far as side effects go."

   
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MO-Mom (taken for less than 1 month) February 25, 2017

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For Neuropathic Pain "I am 51 and have stage 3 RA. I am unable to rollover in bed or dress myself without strong medications. Whilst waiting for DMARD approval I am on 1000mg nightly of Naproxen which had little effect. I still was unable to lift my arms up or use them to assist me to get in and out of car...etc. The introduction of Lyrica 75mg nightly was a godsend. I am so grateful for this drug I didn't believe I would regain use of my arms. I have not felt any unacceptable side effects just increased appetite. I actually wake up with hunger one or two hours after taking it and it does wrestle with the quetiapine 25mg which I take to help me sleep making it less effective but all acceptable given the great effect"

   
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earthly65 (taken for 1 to 6 months) February 23, 2017

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For Fibromyalgia "Worst medicine ever. I gained nearly 50 pounds in four months. At first the medicine made me feel good even though I was gaining the weight fast. By the fourth month the pain was so intense it actually rivalled childbirth. I was not overeating and in fact I was working out more. I still cannot get the weight back off. If I could give this med a -10 I would."

   
1.0

C jor (taken for 1 to 6 months) February 21, 2017

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For Neuropathic Pain "I was given this medicine from my Dr. I told her I would research it but I paid $25 and picked it up. What a waste of money, I should've researched first. After reading this I'm deathly afraid to take this drug so I won't be. Thank you for all the reviews."

   
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Justlitleme February 20, 2017

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For Fibromyalgia "Confused most of the time."

   
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Rose mark (taken for 2 to 5 years) February 19, 2017

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For Neuralgia "I didn't experience any side effects at 50mg 2x per day. After my knee replacement surgery, I started taking 100 mg 3x per day. Almost right away I noticed vision blurriness, and mental fog. After about a month I started noticing weight gain, and swelling I'm ankles, legs, feet, and my hands are puffy. I have been on it 7 weeks now and have already gained 10 pounds. The swelling in my feet is nearly intolerable."

   
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Gsusan435 February 15, 2017

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For Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy "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"

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

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For Fibromyalgia "Doc put me on Lyrica 50 mg twice a day. The first two weeks were AMAZING, I was doing things I haven't been able to do in many years. HOWEVER, let me just say IT DOES CAUSE WEIGHT GAIN AND MINE WAS NOT FROM OVEREATING. In fact, I was hardly hungry at all and when I do eat, it is usually fruits and veggies. I was even working out every day. The last day I took Lyrica (I only took it for one month), it made me so freaking miserable, I went home in tears. My stomach swelled up like I was malnourished and every time I would bend over, I would throw up water or whatever I had just put on my stomach. It was AWFUL! In a month, I gained over 10 lbs. NOT COOL!"

   
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GIGI HOLLOWAY February 7, 2017

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