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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,512
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:27 AM in Pain Medications
Hello everyone!

I have been taking Lyrica for almost 2 weeks 50 mg at bedtime. The good news is that it is providing me relief, but I don't know how much longer I can handle trying to stay awake. I was told that my sleepiness side effect would go away within a month. I also take Kadian 50mg 2x's daily for severe low back pain after a fusion and lamenectomy 3/06.

Will the sleepies go away?


  • I only had the sleepies the first night I took it, then it went away. I didn't notice any relief from it though. Watch your weight too! :)
  • Sleepiness will soon pass and you are also on a very low dose. It worked really well for me but had to switch to neurontin because my insurance stopped covering the Lyrica and it was $150 a month and the neurontin was $10. Don't give up on it. Some people do gain weight but I never did but do watch for the swelling of feet and legs.

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  • The first time I was on it I slept for nine days straight. They put me on Neurontin but that didn't do much so back on Lyrica and I handled it better until they combined it with the Cymbalta. Now I sleep all morning but my pain is better throughout the day, so I am putting up with the side effect. I also gained a lot of weight in the first two months. I hate that part. The doctors just shrug their shoulders when I mention my weight gain. But that matters to me. Most doctors want you to try it for 30 days before they will try something else if necessary. I hope your body gets used to it soon.
  • hi! if you are taking it at bedtime don't you want to go to sleep? :W the Kadian could be making you sleepy as well! give your body time to adjust. Jenny :)
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