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OK Lyrica sucks!



  • but boy, did it ever help the evil pains that were shooting down my legs. I haven't needed it lately, and for that I am grateful. It worked wonders for me, but I don't think it affected my memory (what was I saying??) :D I'm working on getting the pounds off. I get a new puppy next week, so that should help. I'll be doing lots more walking!

    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
  • Wish I'd known that before I took it for two months. I gained 15 lbs between the steroids, Lyrica, and lying on the couch for 6 months, and it just adds insult to injury when the doc tells me I need to lose weight!! I'll admit there was a little more chocolate eating when the pain got bad but not 15 lbs worth!! I am not sure it helped my pain that much either.
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  • As an option to Lyrica and Neurontin for those suffering from weight gain, talk to your pain control doc about the possibility of Topamax (Topimirate).

    Topamax belongs to the same family as Lyrica and Neurontin (it's primarily an anticonvulsant drug) but it can also be used for nerve pain - however, it is no where near as widely used for this as the other two are. The good thing about Topamax is that it causes weight loss, not weight gain, as it is a hunger suppressant. It can have the other side effects that Lyrica and Neurontin have (short term memory loss, 'brain fog') but if you are primarily worried about weight gain then perhaps discuss Topamax with your doc.
    Keep positive!


    ...an old timer here and ex-moderator

  • Lyrica did absolutely nothing for me but make me stupid. I had a neurologist tell me I needed to take Neurontin. My PCP told me that Lyrica is "second generation" Neurontin and the side effects would be 20 times that of Lyrica. I shredded that script. None of the side effects ever went away until I quit taking it. It was frustrating and embarrassing to be halfway in the middle of a sentence and suddenly forget what I was talking about. Or walk into the grocery store and not remember why I was there. I've lost some weight again, but it's been slow. I'm down to 175 now.
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