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User Reviews for Lyrica

Lyrica has an average rating of 6.4 out of 10 from a total of 719 ratings on Drugs.com. 53% of those users who reviewed Lyrica reported a positive effect, while 25% reported a negative effect.

Condition Avg. Rating Reviews Compare
Fibromyalgia  
6.5
325 reviews 20 medications
Neuropathic Pain  
5.9
240 reviews 5 medications
Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy  
6.3
65 reviews 42 medications
Neuralgia  
7.4
60 reviews 28 medications
Postherpetic Neuralgia  
7.0
23 reviews 41 medications
Epilepsy  
4.8
6 reviews 54 medications
Summary of Lyrica reviews 6.4 719 reviews

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Reviews for Lyrica

MikeR82 · Taken for 5 to 10 years June 7, 2021

For Neuropathic Pain: “This drug causes suicidal thoughts. I have been on it for 6 years and I am 100% sure that it's causing suicidal thoughts. I have tested it by weaning off and on and the thoughts go away when I decrease dosage which is 600mg max per day. I am fully conscious of these thoughts and am able to deal with them, however they are strong and anyone new to Lyrica (pregabalin) should take strong caution when taking this medication. That being said, it's magic for my neuropathic back pain. Unfortunately as a man, it causes complete impotence for myself.”

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Jake · Taken for 1 to 6 months May 13, 2021

For Neuropathic Pain: “I took Lyrica for seizures and Neuropathy. It didn't help either condition. It caused awful muscle problems including paralyzing one arm for most of the day. I was in my doctors waiting room and everyone there had negative effects from it.”

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Bec1961 March 20, 2021

For Fibromyalgia: “I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2005 and looking back am sure that I was suffering symptoms of Fibromyalgia as a child. I have been diagnosed with dysthymia and have had a couple of major depressive disorders - chronic back pain which I asked for more review of for over 10 years and finally got a doctor to take an x-ray and have levoscoliosis and arthritis in my spine. I have taken multiple drugs sometimes 3 at a time and have tried everything - just got off Cymbalta, gabapentin. I could NOT go for walks without taking Vicodin and 800 Motrin. I was tired ALL the time AND unable to sleep. Then my dr. gives me Lyrica and now at 60 I am FINALLY able to live my life with just taking Motrin to help with my walks. I have energy - I sleep at night. I am NOT depressed all the time. This is huge. If you are considering trying this option. I recommend it.”

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Sunshine January 13, 2020

For Neuropathic Pain: “I suffered severe neck and shoulder pain for over a year. I was depressed and immobile. I was in my late 70's. I went to a pain clinic after waiting 6 months to be seen. The doctor injected me with a nerve blocker. I woke up the next day and was pleasantly surprised that I was pain free after over a year with chronic pain. My doctor then realized my problem was nerve pain and prescribed Lyrica. That was 1 1/2 years ago and I have not looked back. I have been pain free with no side effects and no depression, I am now 82 and I am also going to exercise class twice a week. LYRICA GAVE ME MY LIFE BACK!! Thank you!!”

10 / 10
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nick · Taken for 1 to 2 years March 7, 2020

For Neuropathic Pain: “I have stage 5 neuropathy in my feet, with the usual needle pain and numbness and even worse electrical shocks . I am not diabetic and they checked me for lead and mercury so they have no idea what is causing my neuropathic pain but it has ruined my life. I tried a variety of medications even medical marijuana to no avail. I also tried K-lasers and neurogenic electrical current machines which seemed to aggravate my condition. I even tried a spinal block that didn´t help one percent. Lyrica reduced my pain about 30 % ,I was taking 100 mg three times a day but I was a total wreck,I walked around like a zombie, sluggish , very confused and depressed and I swelled up like a beach ball gaining 25 pound in under 3 months !!! My vision would blur up and I had trouble doing routine tasks.blurred vision .”

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Heatherboo1967 May 2, 2020

For Neuropathic Pain: “I have IC ( painful Bladder syndrome) I am a 43 year old female (20 years with IC) - it started after my second C section . Constant none stop burning that makes a UTI seem like a holiday. I take Lyrica 300 mg at bed time - nothing has come close to the long lasting relief I get from this drug - but all side effects mentioned by others I have and still experience and these have never gotten any better over the 5 years , but I would take this life any day over not having one at all . I have learned to live with these new minor inconveniences in the side effects to be free of my disabling pain . If you have pain that has taken away most if not all of your quality of life - you may give into certain unpleasant effects of a drug just to have a chance at normal again -Lyrica has given me my life back !Listen to your body and learn from it and with it - be safe, any change that is making you feel uncomfortable or unwell report to your doctor for proper medical advice .”

9 / 10
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Steve · Taken for 6 months to 1 year February 10, 2020

For Neuropathic Pain: “I’m a 3 time back surgery loser, I have so much nerve pain @ my right lower leg , left hip buttock and most of all the bottom of both feet. Without Lyrica it’s like walking barefoot on gravel. For me it’s a lifesaver. Only side effect that I can notice his constipation.”

9 / 10
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Philip S · Taken for 1 to 6 months September 17, 2014

For Fibromyalgia: “The best way to describe how well Lyrica works for me is to say, "I'm young again! I'm a 50 yr old who has suffered with fibromyalgia for many years. Every morning on waking I would just lay in bed dreading the pain and discomfort of something as simple as getting up and out of bed. I was prescribed Cymbalta, Celebrex and Tramadol which help; but nothing works as well as Lyrica. I am able to get more done now without slowing down. Like I said before, I feel years younger. I have read that Lyrica poses an abuse warning, but what I experience isn't really euphoria (High) as one might experience with opiates. I experience relief of pain and maybe "light on my feet" and actually stronger muscles %u2014 but not the euphoria of opiates.”

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mommywoman · Taken for less than 1 month January 16, 2020

For Neuropathic Pain: “After taking gabapentin for many years it no longer worked.I agreed to go on Lyrica because it's now available as a generic. After only 2 weeks I had to stop. I'm a 65 yo female with controlled hypertension. This medicine raised my blood pressure higher than it has ever been! I developed a constant rage I have never experienced, to the point where I suffered what doctors thought was an "eye stroke". My blood pressure medication had to be quadrupled! After seeing 3 specialists & several tests, they concluded it was not an eye stroke but could not offer an explanation.I have been off the Pregablin for 2 weeks now and my BP is better but not stable. I am not a doctor & I understand how desperate chronic pain sufferers can be. I just suggest caution & educating a family member on the side effects. Side effects are not a problem for everyone, so you may have good luck. I also urge anyone who does experience side effects to go to the FDA website and let them know.”

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Sad February 21, 2020

For Neuropathic Pain: “I have herniated disc and I’m a patient of osteoarthritis. My neck discs cause me severe pain and migraine specially before , during and after my periods any lyrica OD25 is my lifesavers it gives me relief .”

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CDR · Taken for 10 years or more September 17, 2019

For Neuropathic Pain: “I use to operate heavy machinery after 25 I ended up with squashed nerves in s1 -L1 -L2 -L3 -L4 -L5 -T1 and all the rest that goes with it, I had suffered for years and used alcohol ease the pain at night, once I went to get out of the machine and couldn't feel my legs they were numb and as soon as I moved the pain was excruciating I went to the Doctor and the put me on 600mg Lyrica (per 300mg in the morning 300mg at night). I have been on Lyrica for over 10 years now and haven't suffered any side effects , I wouldn't be able to walk around without Lyrica and would be in so much pain, the problem now is the injury has gotten worse and I need something better but I give this a 10 and I stopped drinking alcohol when I started on Lyrica as I didn't need it”

10 / 10
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1happygirl · Taken for less than 1 month August 25, 2020

For Fibromyalgia: “This medication Lyrica is an absolute miracle drug. I've been taking for only 2 weeks however but my fibromyalgia pain that has haunted me for 12 years is absolutely GONE !!!! I'm a little nervous about the weight gain but we shall see I guess.”

10 / 10
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mbmss February 3, 2020

For Neuralgia: “Lyrica/Pregabalin was prescribed to me when I had a swollen and non-diagnosed node on my neck. After 10 months, and nearly wiping out 6 months of research during my PhD, I visited a doctor in Chicago who warned me to taper down and get off the drug. I do not normally take medicines of any kind, other than antibiotics in the event of a serious bacterial infection. Based on my experience with Lyrica, I would not recommend it to anyone. Pfizer's multiple trials for this drug have been designed to try to offer it for every imaginable and even unimaginable problem. It numbs the brain and turns a person into a blithering idiot while also catalyzing side-effects that range from nervous tics to suicidal ideation. Ten years later, I still have a mild, but irritating bruxism and semi-uncontrollable mouth movements. Rating the drug effective or ineffective is irrelevant. It will produce a numbing euphoria so that a person doesn't even have the sense to stop it. DO NOT TAKE THIS DRUG.”

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Anny March 9, 2021

For Neuropathic Pain: “Taking lyrica for almost 2 weeks now at 50mg 3x per day and have had no change in how much pain I’m in. Doctor prescribed this without even looking at me. The side effects are so intense and there are too many drug interactions that come along with it. I have had the worst brain fog and I forget the most simple words and you lose the ability to speak properly. Always drowsy and dizzy and the feeling of being drunk or high. More pain is also a side effect I seem to have. Definitely would not recommend this drug to anyone.”

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Lise · Taken for less than 1 month January 22, 2020

For Neuropathic Pain: “I recently had a rib resection due to a bone disease and was put onto Lyrica. The first two days in hospital, my feet swelled and my mouth was like a desert and I was having nightmares. After my first night at home, being on Lyrica for a total of 8 days, I will never take Lyrica again. I had the most horrific hallucinations, lost all balance, couldn't be reasoned with, and couldn't sleep for 72 hours even after stopping it, and also loosing all my peripheral vision for that time. My saving grace being my husband who got me to medical help as fast as possible. It took about 1 minute of talking to an emergency doctor to know what was happening.”

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Fauna · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 1, 2020

For Neuropathic Pain: “Terrible drug! I was on Lyrica dose of 25mg - 3 per day for burning tongue syndrome. Side effect symptoms were blurred vision, increased heart rate, foggy, muscle pain. I stopped cold turkey when it affected my vision. Suffered for 16 days - withdrawal. Flu like symptoms, blurred vision, spent a lot of time on the couch with no energy. Many reviews on other website confirm what I am saying. this drug should be banned.”

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Tialin · Taken for less than 1 month October 27, 2014

For Fibromyalgia: “It's like a miracle. I've had almost no side effects and significant pain relief and much better sleep already. I felt a bit lightheaded at first but that is decreasing, and a bit sleepy, also decreasing. It's the first time I've actually felt nearly normal in years.”

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d bel. · Taken for less than 1 month July 8, 2019

For Fibromyalgia: “had horrible fibromyalgia pain constantly so never slept. I was missing work and also had to drop my two best shifts as a bartender. I lost lots of money and was in constant pain around the clock. I saw a neurologist and she prescribed lyrica at 50 mg a day and it worked for me instantly, 100%!!! I'm now on my third week of using it and I feel better now than I have in the last 6 years. Lyrica has been huge game changer. The only side effects I had was it gave me tons of energy the first week. I literally cleaned my whole house for the first time in 3 years. I am thrilled beyond words. I still haven't had to up my dose. I am praying it stays this way. The only problem is the price, so am praying a generic surfaces quickly.”

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francisco de la cruz July 31, 2013

For Generalized Anxiety Disorder: “Pregabalin for me was miraculous. On the first dose (75mg three times a day) my anxiety was reversed. I really thought this was too good to be true. I have tried Prozac and lorazepam at different times of my life. But as is commonly known, after the fourth or fifth trial of SSRIs, they "peter out" and actually become counter productive, even in some cases causing serotonin syndrome. But about two years ago, I was in a very stressful marriage break-up and was taking benzodiazepines to keep the lid on the anxiety, with little effect. The GP respected my wish to try Lyrica. I was and still am, after two years, astounded by this transformation. I feel like I always felt I should feel. A cessation of anxiety and a sense of well being pervades. ”

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CS · Taken for less than 1 month July 21, 2019

For Fibromyalgia: “The first time I took it I became a little dizzy but I haven't had that problem since. This is an absolute miracle drug. I have fibromyalgia and there are days when moving hurts to the point of tears. I also have severe back pain in which I was on narcotics for and at age 20, I'd rather not take. Lyrica gives me energy and I'm able to be a mom and play with my 2 babies and get things done. So thankful for this medication! It is very expensive especially without insurance ($568 for 60 pills that are 75mg) but with my insurance and a savings card, I only pay $4.”

10 / 10
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Hacı November 21, 2019

For Neuropathic Pain: “With one word this drug is great. I had lumber disc fusion operation 2 times before. Today(21/11/2019) is my 8 th day with morning 75 mg night 150 mg lyrica. The side effects I experience are very simple. My doc told me that this drug will make you feel perfect in 10 days. I could not believe because I didn't give chance to be fine without another operation. In my first dose I immediately started to relax. Today I can standstill on my feet for 10 minutes w/o this drug it way only 20-30 seconds. I am very glad to use Lyrica, If you have neuropathic pain just give a chance to this drug. ”

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Cowboyceltic · Taken for less than 1 month June 13, 2019

For Neuropathic Pain: “I've had chronic pain after a 2 level neck fusion and take oxycodone and Cymbalta. The opioids crisis has forced me to reduce my opiates and my Dr put me on 50mg Lyrica a day. It's only been a few days but so far it's very effective and no real side effects. I actually have hope I will be able to live with this pain without hoping God would take me in the night. I'll update my review after I've been on it longer. I hope all who suffer find relief.”

7 / 10
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Tootsie · Taken for 2 to 5 years June 16, 2019

For Neuropathic Pain: “I was diagnosed with fibermyagia and degenerative disc diseases, plus arthritis. I was on gabapentin, and tramadol. Neither helped. I then tried Lyrica. I've been on it just about 2 yrs., 300mg twice a day. I started experiencing memory loss about 7 months in. I have more of what I would describe as BLANK moments which is a bit scary and frustrating. I also gained 65 lbs the 1st year which has it's own side effects! However, it controlled my pain, a feeling similar to having overall body pain like when having the flu. Because the "memory loss" was bothering me, I asked Dr to go off it. I began tapering off and the pain came back. I was left to choose between two evils; disabling pain, or being fat and forgetful. I went back on Lyrica. Sure the side effects suck. I write a lot of things down, set reminder alarms, have family remind me of stuff, and buy stylish big size clothes. Life goes on!”

8 / 10
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Matt from canada · Taken for 1 to 6 months May 12, 2016

For Neuropathic Pain: “I've read many opinions on this site most being negative towards this amazing medication. I have suffered from a trapped nerve near my waistband ( hip) and nothing I took or did could stop the pain / burning / tingling numbness from my hip to my knee cap. I declined surgery to remove the nerve and was placed finally on lyrica. I hesitated for 2 months before finally giving in to the medication because of all the negative reviews you read online.First two days i was on lyrica I had a small headache and dry mouth that is about it. after a week the dry mouth went away and I was left virtually pain free within 2 weeks. DON'T read into everything and hesitate to take thismedication.I have not gained a single pound and im pain free. im on 3 x 50mg”

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Vasko · Taken for 1 to 6 months October 20, 2019

For Neuropathic Pain: “On Lyrica you will have trouble finding words, memory problems, energy boosts, anger. Who knows in long term what happens but I guess I will loose all my memory. But it is a very good and effective drug but has crazy fast tolerance so you constantly need to adjust it in order to get the kick. If I forget to write something else its probably because of lyrica..”

7 / 10
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NikkiTL · Taken for 2 to 5 years July 22, 2014

For Fibromyalgia: “I couldn't remember the last time I had a "good" day since diagnosed having Fibromyalgia until 2010, when I was first told about Lyrica by an emergency doctor. The symptoms & pain had got so bad that I drove myself to a Baylor emergency room. Physically and mentally I just felt defeated. I was so stressed out that I developed an ulcer and my potassium/magnesium levels were so low they admitted me several times for as long as a week on time. Bags of blood had to be given and IV fluids. Ugh..I was a hot mess. I don't recall the doctor that introduced me to Lyrica, cause I was in and out a few times, but all I can say is a BIG thank-you. I've been on Lyrica 300mg a day since 2010. I can get what I need done and function like a normal woman.”

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Dachshund lady · Taken for 6 months to 1 year April 12, 2020

For Neuropathic Pain: “I have chemo induced neuropathy and was on Cymbalta for almost 5 years. My oncologist really in my opinion didn’t give me hardly any options as far as the pain relief goes SO I went to a pain management doctor and I started on Lyrica ( pregabalin). I am currently taking 300 mg twice a day. My side effects are slight and my pain level has decreased. During this time I weaned myself off the Cymbalta. We had talked about other meds that deal specially with seizures but the conversation hasn’t gone any further. I am hoping this works so I can go walking without having pain in my feet.”

7 / 10
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MikeFromEnderby · Taken for less than 1 month December 16, 2019

For Neuropathic Pain: “Lyrica has given me my life back. I have what has been diagnosed as a pinched nerve in my back. It was causing severe pain and numbness in my left hand, especially my index finger and thumb. I still have numbness in my left forefinger but it is greatly reduced. The pain in my back was intense, it made me nauseous, and extra strength acetaminophen was not doing much along with diclofenac. Within an hour of my first Lyrica pill I started feeling relief and my pain is greatly alleviated. I had taken Lyrica a couple of years ago for shingles and it was a miracle drug then also. My only side effect is a stuffy nose.”

8 / 10
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