lyrica side effects

kathy p Community Member May 10, 2008
  • Last night was my third night of taking Lyrica. Every morning I wake up in a fog. I have a slight headache, blurry vision. Today this has lasted until 11:00 pm. I am a 911 dispatcher and have to be alert. I called my Dr. and she said to continue taking it for a month. This drug has left me extremly fatigued and I can't concentrate. Is this normal or should I quit taking it?It is very expensive, but I can't stand these side effects. Any suggestions? Thank You

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  • Anonymous
    Bartwcbvictim
    Feb. 23, 2014
    I've been taking 600 mg of lirica per day. The side effects are terrible. But the neuropathic pain I'm experiencing is intense. It just calmes down the pain so I can do my everyday necessary chores such an getting dressed etc.but I'm still expected to work as a service writer in a truck shop. I honestly wish I could, but is impossible in the condition I'm in.
  • Anonymous
    brones
    Aug. 07, 2008

    hi

    my neuro gave me lyrica three weeks ago for extreme pain in my legs due to a sleep disorder (i still am a little skeptical that severe pain could be caused by this, but I am giving it a try)

    My side effects so far are: head off my body in some other world...hard to type and walk straight, feel high but not a "ahhh, wooey i am great" more like a "whoa where...

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    hi

    my neuro gave me lyrica three weeks ago for extreme pain in my legs due to a sleep disorder (i still am a little skeptical that severe pain could be caused by this, but I am giving it a try)

    My side effects so far are: head off my body in some other world...hard to type and walk straight, feel high but not a "ahhh, wooey i am great" more like a "whoa where the hell am i and what am i doing", dry mouth, sore throat when i increase in mgs, headache that feels like my head is filled with cement. a heavy feeling, tiredness (which i had before so it makes no difference), not remembering dreams as well, don't urinate as much, neck pain and stiffness, eye dryness, sunlight brings on a headache, bruising!( i look like i was beaten), my stomach feels like it is eating itself yet i feel pukey,sometimes chest pain but more like slight squeezing, and very hard to think of what i want to say quickly ( so i guess poor concentration also). 

    i started out at 50 mg 2x a day and have worked up to 150 2x a day.

    i am also on 2 mg of klonopin at night

    and 10 mg of Lexapro

    i am still taking percocet for pain but amout has decreased. not sure if this is from the lyrica or if it is because i am determined to have this medicine(lyrica) work....

     

    i have not gained weight, or gotten puffy. i drink lots of water and take vitamins as well. as for constipation, i have been since i started the percs so i am not sure.

     

    other than that all i can say is that i am sticking this out until my next appt. in three weeks.  then we will see...

     

    good luck to all of you and your situations. Being ill is tough, i had to leave my job and usually spend a good amount of time on the couch.

     

    i am very leery when it comes to taking new meds that are promoted so heavily. and especially ones that you can't just stop taking if you want. 

     

    • croppled1
      Aug. 22, 2008

      I took Lyrica the side effect that scared me away was the twitches I developed . They tried in on my for intractable pain . It is expensive . I had great insurance that coverred it . I had the exact same problems you did and I never took much they couldnt believe I even felt it at 50 mgs three times a day . I cant take meds very well . What did happen is I...

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      I took Lyrica the side effect that scared me away was the twitches I developed . They tried in on my for intractable pain . It is expensive . I had great insurance that coverred it . I had the exact same problems you did and I never took much they couldnt believe I even felt it at 50 mgs three times a day . I cant take meds very well . What did happen is I ended up having shingles that last almost two years . I never had anything that painful before and ontop of everything else . I went back and took the Lyrica on days I was litterly insane in pain and it helped tremendous . Its been 4 months since the shingles stopped hitting me in waves . I havent had a Lyrica since . Yet sure enough when I was only taking 50 mgs a day for 5 days at a time or less when the shingles were hitting me ...overtime that twitch came back . Now that I am off them I rarely get one . It was so weird my right arm , shoulder and head would just go twang a several times a day like a sneeze it just came on . Great for my pain ,,weird side effects . Thats whats the worse part of this having to try these things that work for some but are dangerous for others . These meds are as dangerous as anything illegal . You have to respect your judgement even if others give their input on experiences . ITs so bad when you live alone and nobody can reference your behavior or reactions .Cry

    • croppled1
      Aug. 22, 2008

      My pet peeve not meaning to be hijacking your thread : Doctors , pharmacists and healthy people not realizing how much patients suffer as they all react different just trying meds  for conditions that are unbearable .

       

       Many times they switch me on too something new cold turkey from a drug that had terrible side effects with no huge benifits...

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      My pet peeve not meaning to be hijacking your thread : Doctors , pharmacists and healthy people not realizing how much patients suffer as they all react different just trying meds  for conditions that are unbearable .

       

       Many times they switch me on too something new cold turkey from a drug that had terrible side effects with no huge benifits and the withdrawls make it so I wont know for months if the other med will work or what its side effects really are .

       

      It has taken me 30 days to get right from a " bad med " I only tried for 30 days . They really dont test stuff that well . A few several week trials then it goes into use and feedback comes back over patient response from Doctors getting trips for dispensing the most ( Brand X) ! I used to take people to the Warner Lambert facility in Ann Arbor . I was amazed it takes years to get a drug approved but the actual seat time people are taking it in blind trials may be very little . Most feedback comes from the first few years medications are ciculated to the target populations .

  • Anonymous
    Lisa
    Aug. 05, 2008

    I too have just started Lyrica.  My doctor started me on 50 mg once a day and wants me to go to one in the am and one in the pm.  But it does make me feel kinda "ditzy" so she said I can take 100 mg at might.  But I am still at the trial point.  Can't ge the timing right.  The Pharmacisit told me to take in early afternoon.  But...

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    I too have just started Lyrica.  My doctor started me on 50 mg once a day and wants me to go to one in the am and one in the pm.  But it does make me feel kinda "ditzy" so she said I can take 100 mg at might.  But I am still at the trial point.  Can't ge the timing right.  The Pharmacisit told me to take in early afternoon.  But since I have a hour drive to and from work 5 is a little early and 6-6:30 is a little late.  I also have used Ambien for my fibromyalgia for years with good success.  When I take it with the Lyrica though I feel loopy the next day.  The Lyrica is for nerve pain the radiates down my legs due to a cyst on my L4-5 vertebra.  I am just trying to get some pain relief until I have surgery in September.

     

    Here are a couple suggestions, since everyone is different and reacts different.  I have tried Ultram-ER with great success for the pain, but in my case we think it cause me to have severe episodes of Migraines, dizzines sand violent vomiting.  Also tried Cymbalta with no luck at all.  And then there is Neurontin.  Anything you choose...I suggest starting at a VERY low dose and work up.  Also with Lyrica (and some others) you can go their website and print a coupon for a free trial with a doctors prescription.  Hope this helps someone!!! Lisa

  • Anonymous
    Daren
    Jul. 10, 2008

     

    At first I had the same side effects as you are.  After 3 to 4 weeks of taking it I got so extremely dizzy I could not lift my head; it would fall back on my pillow.  I would have to hold my head to lift it and then the dizziness would cause me to throw up. 

     

    My family doctor called in medicine to help with the dizziness,...

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    At first I had the same side effects as you are.  After 3 to 4 weeks of taking it I got so extremely dizzy I could not lift my head; it would fall back on my pillow.  I would have to hold my head to lift it and then the dizziness would cause me to throw up. 

     

    My family doctor called in medicine to help with the dizziness, but it took 3 days before I could move around.

     

    Lyrica - never again.

     

  • Anonymous
    patricia
    Jul. 08, 2008

    i am also taking lyrica for chronic pain due to lyme disease.  I started om 100 mg and

    could not think staight, really forgetful, dizziness and fatigue.  My dr. reduced it to

    50mg and had to wait it out (couple weeks) but the severe side effects were much

    better.  It may get better for you, and I think the lyrica helps with sleep which can...

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    i am also taking lyrica for chronic pain due to lyme disease.  I started om 100 mg and

    could not think staight, really forgetful, dizziness and fatigue.  My dr. reduced it to

    50mg and had to wait it out (couple weeks) but the severe side effects were much

    better.  It may get better for you, and I think the lyrica helps with sleep which can

    make the days easier.  Write back if you can.  Sincerely, Patricia

  • Anonymous
    Mariposa Lady
    Jun. 23, 2008

    I've been taking Lyrica for about 6 months now and the initial side effects have pretty much decreased; however, at times and for unknown reasons, they return. I too felt as though I was in a fog. The first time I took it I felt high as a kite. I took it for about 8 days and then stopped taking it for about a week. During the initial 8 days, I took one 75mg...

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    I've been taking Lyrica for about 6 months now and the initial side effects have pretty much decreased; however, at times and for unknown reasons, they return. I too felt as though I was in a fog. The first time I took it I felt high as a kite. I took it for about 8 days and then stopped taking it for about a week. During the initial 8 days, I took one 75mg capsule in the early evenings and was in bed by 8pm. I noticed a slight improvement in the intensity of my pain but the side effects were too extreme. After I quit taking it, I again experienced almost debilitating pain. My doctor said I just had to get used to it and weather the side effects, as it is proven to be very effective for FM sufferers. So I did. I also had to modify my schedule. I began getting up at 4am on work days, because by the time I left for work, the side effects, still present, seemed to lessen in intensity. About 2 months later, the doctor increased the dosage, as I began to notice the return of my pain. Again, about 2 months later, the doctor increased the dosage and I have a follow-up appointment coming up soon. My pain has generally decreased on a regular basis, however it is still present and at times much worse. I must say that the overall effect of the Lyrica has lessened my general everyday symptoms and my extreme symptom occurances. At this point, I am pleased with how Lyrica has worked for me, but I fear that it will quit working at some point in the future. I recently was layed off of work, so the cost of the medication has been a hardship. My co-pay is $50 per month, but when you add that to my other medication co pays, it really hurst my family finances. I wish there was a way that the co-pay was less, or there was a generic medication because those seem to have the lessened co-pay for my insurance.

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Jun. 10, 2008

    I've been taking lyrica for quite some time now. I only take one 75 mg. pill at night. I am really supposed to take two, but do not like taking medicine. It has helped the pain and also helped me to rest better, which helps me to feel better. I haven't noticed any weight gain, but then I am a very active person. Exercise also helps you feel better. I try...

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    I've been taking lyrica for quite some time now. I only take one 75 mg. pill at night. I am really supposed to take two, but do not like taking medicine. It has helped the pain and also helped me to rest better, which helps me to feel better. I haven't noticed any weight gain, but then I am a very active person. Exercise also helps you feel better. I try to walk when I can and like to work in my yard. I have learned, however, to pace myself. Kathy

  • Anonymous
    Meg
    Jun. 10, 2008

    I don't know how you are working while taking Lyrica, especially in dispatch. I am retired law enforcement and I have been taking Lyrica since January. I have gained a TON of weight and had my blood pressure increase. I plan to taper off of it because at 300mg I am now having break through pain that is every bit as bad as it was before I started Lyrica....

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    I don't know how you are working while taking Lyrica, especially in dispatch. I am retired law enforcement and I have been taking Lyrica since January. I have gained a TON of weight and had my blood pressure increase. I plan to taper off of it because at 300mg I am now having break through pain that is every bit as bad as it was before I started Lyrica. Also, studies show that the maximum dosage of 600mg per day is no more beneficial than 450. Then what? I'm done with it, it has made me miserable from headaches to weight gain to just feeling loopy. My brother calls them my "stupid pills" because they just make me stupid. Be careful with this drug, really... I didn't feel safe to drive for almost 3 months. I could barely get out of bed for the first few weeks. Good luck. Hang in there.

  • lschrock
    Jun. 06, 2008

    I also tried to take Lyrica for my Firbromyalgia, and it left me with the same symptoms.  I tried to take it for a good 3-4 weeks, and it made me so groggy and dizzy (I felt like I was going to fall over all of the time), and I was also a little bit shaky.  I stopped taking it, because it interferred with my work, and I hated the feeling of not being...

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    I also tried to take Lyrica for my Firbromyalgia, and it left me with the same symptoms.  I tried to take it for a good 3-4 weeks, and it made me so groggy and dizzy (I felt like I was going to fall over all of the time), and I was also a little bit shaky.  I stopped taking it, because it interferred with my work, and I hated the feeling of not being in control of my actions.

  • Anonymous
    cindy
    Jun. 02, 2008

    I had to stop taking lyrica because of the constant drowsiness.  I'm usually active and on lyrica I felt I was drowsiness all the time!

  • Nicoletti
    May. 29, 2008

    Embarassed Hi there! I tried lyrica a few years back.I did not go the entire month because of the dizziness and nausea.I probably should have stayed on it for the month but I could not. The cost was another  factor. I know take the generic neurontin and I am on 300 mgs.So far so good!!Take care and good luck!  Nicoletti.

  • Anonymous
    Tammy
    May. 28, 2008

    I took Lyrica for a good nine months.  At first it helped a lot with odd-ball aches, pains, tingling, numbness, etc.  Then my symptoms of spaciness, short-term memory problems, joint/muscle aches and pains became worse.  My doctor doubled the dose.  I kept taking it to give it a chance and because at first I didn't realize my worsening symptoms...

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    I took Lyrica for a good nine months.  At first it helped a lot with odd-ball aches, pains, tingling, numbness, etc.  Then my symptoms of spaciness, short-term memory problems, joint/muscle aches and pains became worse.  My doctor doubled the dose.  I kept taking it to give it a chance and because at first I didn't realize my worsening symptoms were from Lyrica.  I could no longer drive, I would have angry outbursts, I didn't know weather I was coming or going, I was told I was severely depressed, I lost my job, and then I finally stopped taking it and now I only take Ibuprofen, cymbalta, and I will start taking flexeril as soon as I get the prescription filled.  It was if I didn't know who I was or what I was doing on the Lyrica.  I am sure it works for some, just not me.  Good luck but in the end, you have to listen to your body.

  • Christine
    May. 20, 2008

    I tried Lyrica for about a month in December.  I did not notice a tremendous help with the pain but it did lessen it.  I also had swelling in my hands and feet, making the skin very tight.  I also gained six lbs., which I cannot afford.  I suppose if your pain is nerve related then maybe you have to weigh the side effects against the help...

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    I tried Lyrica for about a month in December.  I did not notice a tremendous help with the pain but it did lessen it.  I also had swelling in my hands and feet, making the skin very tight.  I also gained six lbs., which I cannot afford.  I suppose if your pain is nerve related then maybe you have to weigh the side effects against the help it is giving you.  Best of luck!!

  • diana1117
    May. 13, 2008

    Yes Lyrica does take some time for your body to adjust, I do still feel fogged and it is hard to concentrate but it does get better.  I also gained a lot of weight.  But I have severe nerve damage and without it, well that is far worse.  I hope you start to feel better soon.

    • Anonymous
      janet
      May. 15, 2008

      the first few times i took lyrica i was knocked out for 14 hours.i had to stay home or take it only on my days off.i had to have a different prescription.i couldn't trust myself to drive.i didn't take it consistly enough to gain weight.my roommate & husband were concerned because neither could wake me up after being asleep so many hours.i noticed months...

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      the first few times i took lyrica i was knocked out for 14 hours.i had to stay home or take it only on my days off.i had to have a different prescription.i couldn't trust myself to drive.i didn't take it consistly enough to gain weight.my roommate & husband were concerned because neither could wake me up after being asleep so many hours.i noticed months later it knocked me out for shorter amounts of time but i still only took it when other pain meds. didn't help.

    • diana1117
      May. 15, 2008

      I just cannot emphasize how Lyrica is excellent for nerve pain and how it takes a while to get into your system and your body is able to adjust.  It does make you feel very loopy at first but tapers off BUT you must take it faithfully!

      I get severe nerve pain, like shocks if I miss a dose.

      I wish you could give it a try again, this time don't make any...

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      I just cannot emphasize how Lyrica is excellent for nerve pain and how it takes a while to get into your system and your body is able to adjust.  It does make you feel very loopy at first but tapers off BUT you must take it faithfully!

      I get severe nerve pain, like shocks if I miss a dose.

      I wish you could give it a try again, this time don't make any plans for about a week or two, good luck!

  • beauverre
    May. 12, 2008

    I am sorrry, I took it for a couple of weeks and the swelling in my legs and hands was so bad I thought my skin would burst. I also gained 8 lbs. I wish I could help. Sorry.