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Old 11-26-2011, 04:51 PM   #1
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possible lyrica side effects?

Hello everyone. I know it's been awhile since I was on the boards but I am back now. I was off Lyrica for about a year and recently started taking it again. I started having worsening of depression, including suicidal thoughts. Also my feet looked more swollen and my pain was actually increasing instead of decreasing (possible hyperalgesia). I was having a very difficult time coping with the pain and even getting off the couch. I was also having muscle pain in my right leg, thigh, and knee. I also experienced tiredness, difficulty concentrating, remembering, and thinking. I determined that things got worse since I started (at 150mg) and increasing it (300mg).

My doctor decided to taper me down and go off to see what happens. I am down to 150mg and plan on going without any tonight. My depression has lifted considerably and my perception of the pain is much better. It's crazy that a medication for nerve pain would actually make it worse (or at least perceived worse).

Has anyone else had these side effects while being on Lyrica? Also do you think I will go through very bad withdrawal going from 150mg/day to none?


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Re: possible lyrica side effects?

Hi brainpain!!
Welcome back!! It has been SOOOO long since you have posted!
You always were an invaluable wealth of information and I am happy that you are posting again.
But I am so sorry that you went thru this experience with Lyrica. I have been on almost every anticonvulsant and seizure med trying to lessen the relentless burning, electrical shock, on- fire nerve pain in my feet.
Lyrica was so expensive and it cost me a job. Honestly it made me so stupid that I was a danger to myself and others. I finally finished with it after the price went to $300 a month and I couldn't afford it. I went off cold turkey which is a dreadful no-no. But I really had no problem stopping it. However I did not lose the over thirty pounds I gained on it!!
The one I had a terrible withdrawal experience with was Cymbalta. It made me want to just die. I was so depressed and that was never my problem before. But stopping it left me weak, unable to rest, unable to eat, unable to read. It was pure hell for 3 months. The brain zaps were so scary.
I experience such strange reactions to Neurontin, nortritylline, and Tramadol that I am convinced that drugs like that are definitely not for me.
I won't take anymore seizure meds ever again. I would rather live with the pain.
I have rheumatoid arthritis and small fiber neuropathy that is auto immune. I did try morphine for pain but had a very strange personality change on it. I am a pretty laid back person but found that morphine wound me up inside and made me very angry for no reason.
So my doctor switched me to Dilaudid. I can only take the SA as the LA won't let me sleep.
My feet swell terribly too but I don't attribute it to the Lyrica since I had it before I started Lyrica and I have it to this day if I have been on my feet too much or conversely, not enough.
I hope tonight goes well and you can stop the Lyrica. It just effects everyone so differently. I know there are others that say it has saved their lives. It just wasn't for us I guess.
I am happy to see that you are back posting but sad that you are posting because you are in pain!
I hope it goes well and you will feel better soon.
Take care of yourself

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