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Old 11-26-2007, 02:06 PM   #1
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Hi All,
Just a question ....
My husband has been Taking Lyrica for his neuropathy with great results...But the cost is getting to us and the Pharmacist said that Neurontin and Lyrica are in the same class of drugs and would be cheaper. What I would like to know is...will neurontin do the same thing for him? What are the side effects of neurontin? Thank you for any help and information you can provide.

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Old 11-26-2007, 02:45 PM   #2
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Re: Lyrica vs. Neurontin

My friend took Neurontin for about 2 years and switched to Lyrica
for about 1 year. The end results seems to be the same.

The only thing to note is that the Lyrica dose is much lower than
the Neurontin dose so if you move to Neurontin, you will be taking
alot more miligrams to get the same results as Lyrica.

For example, my friend took a total of 3,300 mg of Neurotin per

With Lyrica, 300 mg is needed to get that same result.

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Re: Lyrica vs. Neurontin

I was on Lurica and switched to Neurontin since I got side effects.
Neurontin helped me more with my neuropathy pain; the only thing both of them made me gaine a lot of weight (one of the side effects) and made me sleepy and tired.
but like everything else, it works differently on everybody, it worth to try.
My Dr switched me to Keppra due to side effects and seems it works better than both the above meds... go figure.
Best wishes...

Old 11-28-2007, 09:47 AM   #4
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Re: Lyrica vs. Neurontin

I believe that Neurotin and Lyrica can cause water retention. To
offset this effect, my friends complex vitamin regimen that was started after taking these meds helped purge excess water. It takes time. Also, the doctor gave a very low dose diuretic, this kept the weight
gain under control. Thanks for the Keppra tip, I will pass that along.

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Old 11-28-2007, 04:26 PM   #5
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Re: Lyrica vs. Neurontin

Everyone responds differently to medications and their possible side effects. I was on Neurtontin clear up to the max dose of 3600mg/day and it was not helping enough so the PM doc switched me to Lyrica last year. It does suck that it is a $45 copay instead of $15 like the Neurontin but it is worth it for me. It definitely helps my nerve pain much more thant the Neurontin did. Of course I am on alot of other medications to treat the pain.

It has definitely taken alot of trial and error in my medications to finally manage (not eliminate <--wishful thinking) my pain. I will tell you that the Lyrica (600mg/day for me) puts me in a fog. I have slowed down thinking, tired, drowsy and kind of spaced out. I hope this helps.


Old 12-05-2007, 01:32 PM   #6
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Re: Lyrica vs. Neurontin

I tooked Gabapentin(generic neurontin) for about 2 years with good relief. I figured I would give Lyrica a try. I find that I have to take 250 to 300 mg of Lyrica to get the same effect as 1800mg of neurontin. Both of them have given me any bad side effects. Both of them seem to work equally the same. I would agree about the water retention though. Herbal Teas help me keep the excess water off.

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Re: Lyrica vs. Neurontin

What kind of Herbal Teas are the best for water retention?

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