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For Neuropathic Pain "Lyrica has helped reduce my nerve pain so much. I have a pinched nerve in my lower back (L5) that caused me so much sciatic pain in my left leg. It was difficult to sit/drive and I have a sit-down job. I 1st took gabapentin 600mg 3 times a day with no relief at all. I have been taking 50mg of lyrica 2 x's a day for about a month now and the pain has been greatly reduced. I noticed an improvement after 1-2 weeks. It has to build up in your system. The only downside that I've noticed so far, other than the price, is drowsiness and forgetfulness. After insurance, I have to pay $108/month. To me, it's worth the reduction of pain. I hope they come up with a generic version soon. I highly recommend you try it if nothing else helps."

   
8.0

Barb (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 14, 2018

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For Fibromyalgia "Lyrica has been lifechanging for me. I've had severe pain every day for years. Both neuropathic pain and FM. The last couple years I've been bedridden most of the time. I got Lyrica one week ago and I can't remember the last time I felt this good. I can do the dishes, make dinner and walk the dog and still feel good. That is huge for me. My muscular spasms are also gone. I use 75mg twice a day. Now I just hope I don't get any severe side effects. But they will have to be close to life threatening for me to stop taking this medication. Lyrica may not be for everyone, but it can be worth a try (despise all the warnings online) - so far it has given me a new life."

   
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Norwegian (taken for less than 1 month) April 10, 2018

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For Fibromyalgia "I was given samples of lyrica by my neurologist. I'm so glad that I did not buy it. I thought there was something wrong with me, but it was lyrica. It gave me headaches and messed up my vision. I'm really surprised the FDA allows this medication to be used for Fibromyalgia patients. I mean it is for diabetics. I was only on it for a short period of time and it messed me up. I can only imagine what long term effects would have been."

   
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St (taken for less than 1 month) April 10, 2018

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For Fibromyalgia "When going outdoors in the sun for walk I would experience symptoms that felt as if someone was pocking me with pins all over my body and nothing calmed this pain until my doctor prescribed lyrica. I can go out now and do anything without worrying if I'm going to experience an outbreak of over active nerves. Thanks for inventing this drug that has given me back my freedom."

Tick April 10, 2018

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For Neuropathic Pain "I have been on Lyrica for 2 mths now. Started on a low dose and slowly increased the dose to the max of 300mgs in the morning and 300mgs in the evening. I have a pinched nerve at the C8-T1 level affecting my left arm. The nerve pain was unbelievable, radiating across my back and down my arm. The Lyrica has taken the pain away and now I experience a few side affects. Dry mouth, sore knee joints, painful to walk when I first get out of bed or car, fluid retention in legs and weight gain."

Vic (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 4, 2018

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For Neuropathic Pain "I guess I'm one of the lucky ones because Lyrica has changed my life - it is a miracle drug. I would recommend it to anybody. I have been on it for 7 years now and it works great for me. I take 300 mg two times a day and I don't even think about my nerve pain anymore. After the first week I started taking it started working for me I wish everybody had the same experience I'm sorry that they don't. I hope that those people something that works out"

   
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Jess (taken for 5 to 10 years) March 30, 2018

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For Neuropathic Pain "It has helped so much with my radiculopathy. The pain was unbearable, couldn’t sleep because of it. Lyrica has been a blessing. The downside is the cost because my insurance (in Puerto Rico) doesn’t covers it and also the weight gain. -Mr. Velez"

   
8.0

NVelezMD (taken for less than 1 month) March 28, 2018

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For Neuropathic Pain "Weight gain, from 110 - 136, so over 25 pounds in a very short period of time. Very uncomfortable with the weight. I am on 600 mg a day. I am ready to go off it and try anything else. If only the pain wasn't so bad."

CoCo (taken for 1 to 2 years) March 27, 2018

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For Fibromyalgia "Lyrica is a terrible drug. It is commercialized as if it will help with nerve pain however it is numbing like a pain med. This awful drug is abused by alcoholics and addicted people due to its highly addictive properties. if you have rheumatoid arthritis or fibromyalgia you will be prescribed this drug and you will become addicted. If you are an addict you will want this drug. Lyrica is terrible and it’s should be taken off of the market right away. Do not use Lyrica it impairs your senses, thinking, driving, walking abilities. Stay away from this drug!"

   
1.0

Rose (taken for 2 to 5 years) March 25, 2018

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For Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy "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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For Neuropathic Pain "Just started it"

Eknight51 March 21, 2018

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For Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy "Controls it most of the time, but fingers get cold."

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

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For Fibromyalgia "I stared on Lyrica 150 mg twice a day. I am 68 years old and could not tolerate the side effects. The medication did relieve the pain of fibromyalgia and helped me sleep at night. However, it gave me instant dementia. My short term memory was gone. The doctor reduced the dosage to 75 mg two times a day. I could only take at night because of drowsiness. It also caused blurred vision. Dementia continued and I was forced to stop the medication. It works for the pain but side effects are bad."

   
5.0

Barb (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 17, 2018

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For Neuropathic Pain "TO THE LADY WHO SAYS HER BOYFRIEND CHANGED: I am a female who took Lyrica about 10 years ago. The dose was 300 mg per day. The doctor wanted to raise it even more because it was not giving me any results. I have never been a cry-er, and suddenly everything made me cry. I realized I could not add 2+ 2 without feeling confused. So, I quit taking it. After a few days my brain cleared. And, my husband said he was sure glad I was off of it because I had been a crazy, angry person. I did not even realize! Silly me, glad I came to look at these reviews, because I have been thinking of going back on it! Dumb!"

   
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Anonymous March 16, 2018

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For Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy "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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For Fibromyalgia "After taking Gabapentin, and still feeling sore and fatigued, I began Lyrica. I have gained 20lbs. I eat salads and go to the gym every other day. Some days, I even hit a yoga class on top of the gym. This drug causes me to have significant depression inclinations, makes me stutter my words, makes my hands shake and caused me to gain 20 lbs in less than a month. I am 35 and have never gained weight like this. I will say that it reduces tingling in hands and feet... but also caused my hands and feet to swell. I would not recommend it unless you have no other option. The side effects did not outweigh the benefits for me."

   
5.0

CC (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 14, 2018

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For Neuropathic Pain "I had a horrible experience with Lyrica. It was prescribed to me to help with nerve pain r/t Multiple Sclerosis. I ballooned up like a tick! Had to wear my husband's clothes! Ended up with pulmonary edema. I am glad to see it works for some people; just as gabapentin works for me! Good luck to all! And, may God bless you always!"

   
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Ann (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 13, 2018

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For Fibromyalgia "I have suffered with Fibromyalgia for over twenty years and when Lyrica was recommended for use by FM patients, my life changed drastically. Actually, the first time I tried it, the dosage at 75mg/day wasn't nearly enough to tell any difference. Then my doctor bumped it to 75mgX3/day and that did it. I got off the couch, but ate everything in sight. I decided I would rather have a few extra pounds and have a life, than not take Lyrica. Last year, my new Doctor switched my Rx to 150mgX2/day and I'm feeling even better! I have taken the weight off bc I'm so much more active now. Seriously, if Lyrica wasn't available in the US, I'd move to where it was!"

   
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JFred (taken for 10 years or more) March 8, 2018

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For Fibromyalgia "This takes time to feel the results but it did work for me. I tried other ones but no luck. Thx"

   
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Jannette (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 6, 2018

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For Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy "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."

   
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Kimmyj March 5, 2018

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For Neuropathic Pain "I've been on lyrica for 12yrs and it still works great for me. I'm on 300mg 2x a day. Side effects are crave sweets, sleepiness, can't find words sometimes and short term memory is off sometimes. My neuropathy in hands and feet/legs is so much better on this drug, I almost don't believe the people who say it don't work cause it dose very well. It helps with opiate withdrawal as well. Lyrica has a severe withdrawal though. I've just been so pleased with the pain decrease from lyrica."

   
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Shelly (taken for 10 years or more) February 28, 2018

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For Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy "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."

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

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For Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy "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."

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

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For Neuropathic Pain "Was given Lyrica for nerve pain of Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), took it for 2 weeks and no relief. Started to stumble, brain fog, swelling in feet so bad I can't walk now I can't sleep because pain is worse. Bad drug, try something else!"

   
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CRPS girl (taken for less than 1 month) February 8, 2018

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For Neuropathic Pain "I suffer from Complex Regional Pain Sydrome after I rolled an ATV and crushed my right leg. I have significant nerve damage from the accident. I started taking Lyrica ($350/mo) and started to notice a decrease in my constant leg pain. About 6 months after starting Lyrica, I started to get restless leg syndrome in both legs (literally my legs were jumping off of the bed) and my hands began to twitch. My memory was slowing fading and my vision became blurry. I stopped taking Lyrica when I found out that the symptoms could become permanent. Lyrica withdrawal is awful. It's like having the flu x 1000. Nasty stuff."

   
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JMac32 February 5, 2018

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