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Side Effects of Lyrica

tammypttammyp Posts: 49
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:42 AM in Pain Medications
Well I started taking lyrica about 3 weeks ago for nerve pain.
I had some dizziness for a few days and my eyes felt gritty everytime I took a pill. Then my vision began to get blurry and has not gone away. I am not comfortable with this side effect so have decided to stop taking it, worried about previous reviews with lasting visiual changes.
I am very disappointed because the Lyrica was actually helping with the pain in my feet and I noticed less back spasms.
Is it possible to have withdrawl symptoms after 3 weeks?
I had a long night with sweating and a nasty headache followed by shaky hands all day.
I wish I could find a med that doesnt have side effects.
Now I just hope that I havent done perm damage to my eyes as ths is my 2nd day off them and my vision is still blurry.


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,832
    Use the SEARCH facility with LYRICA as the search phrase.

    This topic has been discussed so many times, I am sure you will find the answer to your questions, without having to even make a post
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • Other than the withdrawl question, I just wanted to share my frustration.
  • hi evryone, i just see so many people talking about going to be on lyrica, i was given it for my back pain and lupas let me tell you, within the second week i lost my eyesight, everything was blurry, couldnt watch t.v. or drive it was like walking around with limited vision. i went to a eye doctor, and sure enough i had to have glasses for the first time in my life. its been 4 months since ive taken the lyrica and my eyesight has not improved much. as i was leaving the eye dr. office one of the nurses said my mother had the same thing happen to her. i refuse to give up my eyesight for a little pain relief. just be very careful about this drug, on the forums for lyrica i researched so many there also had the same happen to them, i e-mailed the company that makes the drug and the drug admin for the usa and was sent back a message, that this is the number 1 complaint with takeing lyrica. i wont get my vision back like it was ever i was told, so think before you take this drug.
  • SpineAZSpineAZ WiscPosts: 1,084
    Make sure you and your doctor report this side effect!
    2 ACDFs, 2 PCDF, 3 LIFs; Rt TKR; Rt thumb fusion ; Lt thumb arthroplasty; Ehlers Danlos 
  • I do hope your vision improves. I do not know about withdrawal because I have only taken one Lyrica pill and my vision was so blurred I could not see. My balance was way off and my speech was slurred. It scared me to death and I wanted to go to the ER but could not see the phone to call an ambulance.(I live alone)
    It took forever to wear off and my vision has not been as good as it was since. In my opinion that stuff is dangerous. It had a very bad effect on me!
    I understand it has helped a lot of people with their pain but who wants to loose their eye sight?
    Patsy W
  • I had the same problem taking ONE Lyrica pill. My vision blurred, I could not hardly speak, my ears roared and my balance was way off. I could hardly get up out of my chair. And all I took was one Lyrica pill!! My vision has never been the same since.
    That stuff is dangerous!!
    Patsy W
  • Its a shame because it worked so well for my nerve pain.
    But I'd rather be able to see.
    How do these drugs get through to the market with such dangerous side effects?
    And why in heck would Doctors push these terrible drugs when they are causing problems?
    Oh wait I forgot, The Doctors get their pockets lined by the drug companies and yes Health Ins companies as well.
    The Doctors are just as much to blame for our healthcare crisis as anyone else.
  • Lyrica and other drugs like it is actually for seizures but Doctors noticed it also helped with nerve pain. They consider it safer than narcotics and will prescribe(sp?) before they will a narcotic.
    I THINK one must taper off Lyrica as some people have to taper off narcotics(I have had no such problem with narcotics)
    In my opinion Lyrica is more dangerous than narcotics. But in all fairness it HAS helped a lot of people greatly and they have no problems taking it. I am happy for them.
    That one Lyrica pill I took scared the socks off me and I tossed all the samples my Neuro gave me. I even stomped the bottles I was so upset and angry over the horrid reaction I had to it.LOL
    I am so sorry about your eye sight. Our vesion is very, very important to us and to be given a med that harms it.....well it makes us very angry!!
    I do understand your flusteration and anger.
    Sending a hug coz you need one. >:D<
    Patsy W
  • yes they are good for nerve pain ..BUT and its a big BUT..when i was taking it i put on 3 stone in about 4 months!! not only that i went in to water retention .my legs were like tree trunks and i could hardly breath .i thought i was going into CCF congestive cardiac failure .my doctor took me off them and i remember peeing all weekend ! i lost the fluid but i have retained the weight .drug induced weight is very hard to shift {i had a similar experience with prednisolone a few years ago they also make me put on weight and it took 3 years to get from 16 stone to a more respectable 14 ..i am ow 17 and a bit stone and i hate being that heavy .trouble is because i hurt so much i am unable to do enough exercise to shift the weight .also gabapentin made my eyes go blurred ..this is not a good drug and to be honest with you i get just as much pain relief with oxycontin as i did with gabapentin and without the nast side effects
  • The idea that opioids are unsuitable for nerve pain is actually an incorrect and outdated one. It came about following a series of flawed tests, but has now been disproven. To quote the Oxford Pain Management Library's book 'Neuropathic Pain':

    "The place of opioids in the management of neuropathic pain has been controversial until relatively recently. Clinical observations in the 1970s and 1980s of patients with nociceptive and neuropathic pain diagnoses who were given single doses of opioids suggested that neuropathic pain was resistant to opioids. These studies were often small, non-randomised, and uncontrolled, though their conclusions were readily taken up by some clinicians. By the 1990s, observational and controlled studies began to emerge that demonstrated dose responsiveness to opioids in patients with neuropathic pain. Although patients with nociceptive pain experienced greater pain relief, it was clear that neuropathic pain confers reduced sensitivity to opioids, rather than resistance. Over the last ten years, much more consistent data has emerged to support the use of opioids as a class (as well as individual drugs) in the treatment of neuropathic pain."

    And from the widely used (by physicians, especially pain management specialists) text 'Pain' by Cathy Stannard and Sara Booth:

    " The traditional idea that opioids are not useful in the management of neuropathic pain has now been disproven. Randomised controlled and open label studies of these drugs delivered by a number of routes have shown them to have efficacy in a number of neuropathic pain states. They are at least as effective as other classes of drug used to treat neuropathic (and central) pain."
  • I switched from Gabapentin to Lyrica nine days ago. I haven't noticed any difference. I do notice slight blurriness occasionally, but I always think it's because I'm on the computer too often. It could be that I'm on a low dose that I don't notice more side effects: 75Mg, 2x/day. I'm just glad I have not seen the weight gain that folks claim!

    As far as withdrawal, I think it depends on your dosage. When I stopped taking Gabapentin (300Mg, 3x/day), my doctor said that at that low dosage I could just quit, taper not needed.

    Good luck!
  • I cried ALL the time, i could not stop crying! It took me 5 weeks and my boss to point out that I started crying when i started taking the lyrica, once I stopped it I was fine again.
    Weird but true!
  • :| I've been on Lyrica for quite some time and, yes, blurred vision was a problem for a while.

    :D I'd certainly like to blame my 10 pound weight gain on lyrica :D .

    I just chatted recently with my pharmacist about getting off of Lyrica as I didn't have the nasty nerve pain any longer. He told me that's its been his experience that sciatica patients who get off of it (those that have had success with it relieving pain) have the pain return even worse. Well, after he told me that I didn't want to take the chance of the horrible pain returning.

    Other than the blurred vision and weight gain, I'm also a little ditzy ( a lot ditzy!) -- not the sharpest tack in the pack anymore. My dose is only 75mg twice a day. I've seen some other people on much higher doses.

    Well, that's my two cents to this conversation.

    Take care,

  • I am on a very heavy dose of Lyrica. I take 300mgs 3 times a day. I was just switched to this dose a month ago I was taking 225mg 3Xs a day and the switch was a lot and made me more tired and I did have blurred vision, but that vision has subsided for the most but, i have gained 50 lbs in a year since I started using it. And i don't eat much due to my pain (maybe 1 real meal every two days) and then one small snack or meal every day. So it's not the food that has packed on the weight but i also cannot exercise like I use to either. It has helped my leg symptoms with few side effects. i guess every one is different. Sorry to hear all the bad things with everyone else.
  • My side effects have been weight gain (it's starting to not be amusing, but it really is an appetite thing and not just mysterious weight), some peripheral edema, traveling numbness in my face and back, and short-term memory and word retreival issues.

    So I'm a little fatter and not quite as with-it, but dang this stuff works well. I was having constant problems with burning and tingling (typical neuropathy) and it's just about gone. And if I miss a few pills I don't have withdrawal effects, but I do feel the neuropathy coming back (it's permanent due to my injury).

    I'm thinking to ask for a switch just to see if one of the others doesn't cause weight issues, because if I put on much more it's going to be a serious health concern. But I have overall been really quite satisfied with the Lyrica, it really changed my life for the better.
  • straker said:
    ..this is not a good drug and to be honest with you i get just as much pain relief with oxycontin as i did with gabapentin and without the nast side effects
    This is not an either/or issue- It's really a bummer that lyrica didn't work for you, because the great thing about it is that since it's not an opioid, you can add it to your current opioid therapy and get additional relief on top of what you're getting from the narcotics.

    So for people like myself with severe neuropathy that wasn't really responding well to opioid or analgesic therapy, we can keep our old standby meds and add a new tool as well. I'm also glad to not have had to escalate my narcotic use, as I'm always concerned that as I become resistant to them I will have fewer options.

    Since, as I posted in another thread, most of us can never hope for complete pain control, it's important to try out all of the tools in the toolbox! I didn't change my opioid use at all when I went on Lyrica, I just added the Lyrica in for better overall control.
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