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Old 12-13-2009, 10:45 PM   #1
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lyrica alternative

i have been diagnoised with fibromyalga and have been on several treatments but none worked, so i was put on lyrica and it works wonderfully, but my husband recently lost his job and have no insurance and lyrica is very expensive, please is there a cheaper alternative that works just like lyrica

 
Old 12-14-2009, 02:59 AM   #2
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Re: lyrica alternative

I've heard the alternative is Gabapentin(brand name-Neurontin).

 
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Old 12-14-2009, 09:14 AM   #3
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Re: lyrica alternative

Penny I think you should ask your doctor for Lyrica samples. Explain the situation to doctor and they might help.

 
Old 12-14-2009, 09:37 AM   #4
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Re: lyrica alternative

just one other possible here? try contacting the actual drug co that makes lyrica, they all have websites somewhere on the net, and just see if they offer a med program where in many cases you can actually get them for free? espescially being in the current situation you are? almost every drug co that espescially makes the more popular name brand drugs just usually do have some 'indigent' type of program for their meds to certain patients who qualify. i do think you could stand a good chance here if they offer it. no job and no ins is usually a good basic qualifying reason for getting ON these types of med programs. it never hurts to at least check it out, ya know? good luck and i do hope they offer this for you. marcia
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Re: lyrica alternative

First of all , Neurotin (gabapentin) works similar to Lyrica but is not a direct alternative and it did not work for me at all.

Try the manufacturer of Lyrica is Pfizer. They have a program where if you or your husband has lost his job and insurance you can get an entire 1 year of free medication that they make which includes Lyrica. I can't give out the name of the website on here but just do an internet search and contact them or they even have a form you can print out online, fill out, and send in to get free Lyrica. I was going to do this when I thought I was losing my insurance but luckily I can afford COBRA insurance.

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Old 12-15-2009, 12:43 AM   #6
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Re: lyrica alternative

My psychiatrist says that Lyrica and Neurontin are very similar. If the Lyrica ideas don't pan out give it a try since it's generic (gabapentin).

 
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Re: lyrica alternative

Yes they are very similar. Neurontin was the first medication to come out probably 10 years ago. There tend to be more side effects with Neurontin than with Lyrica and you need more (mg wise) to get the same effect. For example I was taking 3600mg of Neurontin and when I was switched to Lyrica (600mg). These are both the maximumum dosages per day for both. I can tell you for sure that Pfizer will give you Lyrica for FREE if you fill out there form or call and talk to their customer service reps. If you switch from Lyrica to Neurontin, not only will you go through withdrawal (dizziness, lightheaded, nausea, vertigo, etc) but it may not work for your pain as well and that is what the goal is anyway right? You want the medication that treats your pain the best and if you can get it for free then why not?

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