I'm starting this med, and I am in the middlle of LOSING the weight that I gained from my other meds. So far the side effect of "feeling drunk" from this med is really annoying me...but the Pharmacist said that will fade in a couple days.
I am so afraid that I will gain weight on LYRICA. I feel as though I can control myself for an increased appetite....but if I just blow-up for no reason then I will be upset. And its not just a vain concern, it's that I am trying to take weight off of my spine so that I can try and get off meds. Hoping that a decrease in the pressure of my weight on my spine will decrease the pain enough so that I can start to be somewhat normal again.
Also on Oxycontin, Celebrex, Elavil, Percocet OR did anyone gain weight from the other meds I listed above????
When I was on Lyrica, I actually lost weight. I understand your fear of putting on weight, I have worked hard to lose 20 lbs, and they put me on neurotin. I was scared to death of gaining weight. Unfortunately, I had a severe reaction to Neurotin and was unable to find out if I would have that side affect or whether it would help the nerve pain.
I think really it varies on each individual whether or not they will gain weight.
Yeah, I assumed the Elavil was the culprit of the 20# that came on in March. It's funny b/c the weight looks more like I'm sick than I ate too much...if anyone can understand that. My Mother always tells me "You look bloated...I wish you would come off those meds". And I totally agree with her, but I have to roll with the life and see where my progress takes me each day.
BTW, I'm doing Weight watchers...I really like it. it's very organized and I'm eating a lot of fruit and veggies each day.
I gained 19 lbs. with Lyrica and didn't change the way I ate. I was one of the "lucky ones." Unfortunately it also worked marvelously well for me....sigh. My PM took me off of it SLOW. DO NOT go cold turkey off of that drug, it can be nasty.
I am now on Topamax. It is also an appetite suppresant. It works well for the nerve pain, not quite as well as the Lyrica, but I'm losing the weight that i put on with the Lyrica.
I have been on lyrica 6 months for toxic neuropathy. It took me a month to work up to 100mg twice a day. At first I did feel a little high, but that went away pretty quickly. In the beginning I did find myself eating when I was not hungry. So I just had to put it down and walk away and grab me a glass of water or a piece of gum. Now I actually have found that my appetite is suppressed. I still can be up 5 pounds from one day to the next. I think that the weight gain on lyrica is mainly fluid retention. The main side effects that I have experienced is thirst, dry eyes, and sleepiness. However, the degree that this med. has helped me far outweighs the minor side effects. I say give it at least two weeks. Good Luck!