Ive been taking gabapentin now for well over a year and even at high doses (for me) of 1800mg/day it worked inconsistently from a pain management perspective.
I had a prescription for lyrica, but didnt try it because I was told i needed to taper the neurontin down to 0 and taper up the lyrica.
Recently, a physician i saw for a 2nd opinion suggested i switch to lyrica. He said i didnt need to taper, just switch over to an equivalent dose.
I didnt buy it.. So i stuck to the gabapentin.
About a week ago, i read an article re: how lyrica can treat anxiety issues as well.
Ive been having anxiety for the past year and most recently motivation issues.
A week ago i switched over, cold turkey. I figured, the worst that could happen is i feel awful and just switch back.
I started out with 150mg at bed time and have been taking 75mg, 3x a day for the past week.
Im amazed... I feel MUCH better than i did w/ gabapentin.
I feel like ive got much less neuropathic pain and even more importantly, i feel like a dark cloud has lifted.
My anxiety has been reduced by at least 50% and i am feeling better overall.
I cant say the pain is gone, but i feel a lot better than i did.
What i find so strange is, pregabalin and gabapentin are supposed to work on the same receptors
Whatever the reason.. Im sold.