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is lyrica the same as neurontin

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,512
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:22 AM in Pain Medications
hi is lyrica the same drug as neurontin or just the in the same family


  • Hi Benj
    I have taken both . They are used for the same reason but both are different in make up . People try different Drugs as they have different affects but they are designed to treat the same symptoms.Lyrica is very expensive but I found it to be the only one I could take. We are all so different.
  • :) hi! i never had the weight gain or the RESULTS i get from the medication Lyrica on the neurontin! Jenny :)
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  • The Lyrica caused about a 25 lb weight gain along 15 months and it was very expensive. The Neurontin in a 300 mg twice a day did the same thing.
  • ...are all primarily developed as anticonvulsant (antiepilectic) drugs, but have been found to also be good at helping people deal with nerve pain. Consequently they are frequently prescribed off label for nerve pain control.

    Lyrica and Neurontin are a similar family of drug ('Gaba analogs') whilst Topamax (Topimariate) is a fructose derivative.

    Unfortunately they don't all help everyone and depending upon the specific person they can each have some unpleasant side effects, such as weight gain or feeling 'spaced out'.

    However, a lot of people here have got good benefits from one or the others of these drugs.
    Keep positive!


    ...an old timer here and ex-moderator

  • An alternative is Lidoderm patches, I use them along with gabapentin when im having really bad nerve pain, together I find there quite effective.
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  • The problem with these drugs is compounded by their flagrant illegal
    marketing. Neurontin was approved by the FDA for epilepsy back in 1994.
    The drug underwent massive illegal off-label promotion that cost
    Warner-Lambert 430 million dollars (the very first big fine for
    off-label promotion). The drug is now owned by Pfizer. Pfizer also owns
    Lyrica, a super-potent version of Neurontin. It has been approved by the
    FDA for various types of pain and fibromyalgia. Lyrica is one of four
    drugs which a subsidiary of Pfizer illegally marketed, resulting in a 2.3 billion dollar fine for Pfizer

    Even though the marketing of these drugs has been heavily fined, they
    continue to rack up billions in sales from the off-label uses. Doctors
    use them for all manner of nerve issues because they are good at
    suppressing symptoms. However, such uses can no longer be justified
    because the actual mechanism of the drugs is finally understood and they
    are creating a significant long-term reduction in nerve health.

    They prevent new brain synapses from forming and eventually speed dementia.

  • LizLiz Posts: 9,518

    This an old post  created by someone no longer on the forum so i am closing it

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