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april417
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   Posted 11/12/2009 5:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I just started Lyrica this week, my neurologist put me on it for migraines.  He started me on 10mg one daily for 1 week, then 10mg twice daily for another week, then
10mg 3 x's daily.  I am also taking Cymbalta and Trazodone for sleep which is not helping me at all. 
I was wondering how everyone else that is taking Lyrica is dealing and how are the side effects.
 
April
 
 
 
                                        
April
 
HOPE, FAITH AND LOVE
 
 
          Total Coletomy Feb. 07
            Total Hysterectomy Oct 08  
        
           Synthroid, Cymbalta 60mg,  Prilosec OTC


TeNNiSd0C09
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   Posted 11/12/2009 6:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I have taken all three of those... currently I am taking the trazodone for sleep. Cymbalta made me very sick and I lost a lot of weight in a very small amount of time. I was on Lyrica for 15 months, but it was for my fibromyalgia.

However, I took a way higher dose than you are. I remember it made me sleepy, dizzy, then hyper, and a few different things when I changed the dosage, but none of the side-effects were bad.... I was able to handle them and continue with my normal daily activities.

But, its different for everyone...so... but my experience on Lyrica was not bad with side-effects. However, after 15 months I had gained about 25 lbs... which I was upset about. Some people experience weight gain...some wright loss... it all just depends really.

Good luck with the Lyrica, I hope it works for you! Take care,
Christi
Lyrica (15 months-quit Feb. 09), Paxil (10 months-quit 6-4-09), Cymbalta 6-6-09(horrible effects), Rozerem, Melatonin, Currently taking: Prozac 40mg (July 09), Trazadone 50mg (Sept 09)-Fibromyalgia, Depression, Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Eating Disorder, ADHD, Dysthymic Disorder
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Tirzah
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   Posted 11/12/2009 6:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi April,
I am on Lyrica & I really like it. It definitely helps me with migraines & back pain. On the downside, I feel very, very sleepy on it, so I usually only take it at night (it definitely helps with sleep, often I don't even need sleeping pills anymore). I don't have any other side effects from it. I know a lot of other people also say they feel sleepy from it, so definitely DO NOT DRIVE until you've been on it for a week or so to see how you respond to it. My ENT is on it & he said he actually feel asleep at the wheel from being on the Lyrica (he slept well & was on his way to work in the morning after taking his AM dose of Lyrica). If you tolerate at okay & don't get sleepy, they probably it would be alright to start driving again, but gosh that seems like a huge risk to take when first starting the medication. I have friends who just struggle through the AM pain & take their AM dose of Lyrica as soon as they get to work. When I was in a lot of pain & needed the Lyrica 3x/day, I was also prescribed Provigil (a medication that promotes alertness) to take first thing in the morning. Provigil is great because it is the only non-amphetamine alertness medication on the market; unfortunately, a lot of insurance companies don't care about that & won't approve Provigil since it is so expensive.

On the depression side, though Lyrica doesn't directly treat depression, a lot of people, myself included, find that getting more sleep & bringing pain better under control can help people feel less depressed. Let us know how it goes & if there's anything we can do to support you.

hugs,
frances

april417
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   Posted 11/14/2009 7:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry I gave the wrong strength of Lyrica its 25mg.
April
 
HOPE, FAITH AND LOVE
 
 
          Total Coletomy Feb. 07
            Total Hysterectomy Oct 08  
        
         Currently taking: Synthroid, Cymbalta 60mg, Lyrica & Prilosec OTC


damagedgoods41
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Date Joined Sep 2009
Total Posts : 377
   Posted 11/14/2009 11:24 PM (GMT -7)   
hello could I ask if you can obtain Lyrica and Abilify in Australia???
Any response would be appreciated!!!!! Thankyou so much to all.
 
damaged..............
 
P>S> I NEED SOMETHING TO CONTROL MY ANGER<RACING CRAZY THOUGHT"S ECT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PLEASE HELP IM GOING MADDDDDDDD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
very damaged..........................
dx bowel cr 2001. permanent ileostomy.
sub-total colectomy 2001,went wrong.
total colectomy 2001,left swab inside,infected,emergency surgery,blood transfusion.
complication 2001,bowel abcess,surgery.
Infection at lap site,another surgery.
Complication's 2001,bowel heamorage,blood transfusion.
Spent 12mths at Cabrini Hospital.
dx 1993 endometriosis chronic.
27 yrs, hysterectomy.
2mths later, bi-lat ophrectomy,removal of both ovaries.
dx 2005,bi-lateral mastectomy,heart attack on operating table,contracted MRSA in Coronary Care Unit.
Picc Line for 6mths for venus access & daily antibiotics.
dx 1995,chronic depression,ocd,? Bi-Polar11.
Am currently taking Avanza for depression and valium for anxiety,PRN only............................
I THINK THIS IS DEPRESSING ENOUGH!!!!
 


damagedgoods41
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Date Joined Sep 2009
Total Posts : 377
   Posted 11/14/2009 11:27 PM (GMT -7)   
hello April, Could i ask a personal question please?? Dont answer if ur not comfortable> Do you have an ileostomy,colostomy or urostomy????
Just curious..........

best wishes to you,

damaged...........
dx bowel cr 2001. permanent ileostomy.
sub-total colectomy 2001,went wrong.
total colectomy 2001,left swab inside,infected,emergency surgery,blood transfusion.
complication 2001,bowel abcess,surgery.
Infection at lap site,another surgery.
Complication's 2001,bowel heamorage,blood transfusion.
Spent 12mths at Cabrini Hospital.
dx 1993 endometriosis chronic.
27 yrs, hysterectomy.
2mths later, bi-lat ophrectomy,removal of both ovaries.
dx 2005,bi-lateral mastectomy,heart attack on operating table,contracted MRSA in Coronary Care Unit.
Picc Line for 6mths for venus access & daily antibiotics.
dx 1995,chronic depression,ocd,? Bi-Polar11.
Am currently taking Avanza for depression and valium for anxiety,PRN only............................
I THINK THIS IS DEPRESSING ENOUGH!!!!
 


THE HAPPY TURTLE
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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 18743
   Posted 11/15/2009 2:48 AM (GMT -7)   
d41. hi.
 
1. both are available.
 
2. abilify requires a dx of schizophrenia. (and or other relevant personality disorder). mainly schizophrenia.
 
3. lyrica is avail. although it has different catergory requirements for it's various uses. for me, as i have diabetic nuropathy, i would need a referal to the hospitals pain management clinic to obtain it. dr's can prescribe it for other reasons albeit criteria needs to be met.
 
hope this helps. abilify is excellent for those effects you have posted. i have used abilify with much success.
 
all the best, jamie.
 
from down-under!!!
YESTERDAY IS A BUTTERLY WITHOUT WINGS. (ME)
 
DX, MDD, SEVERE BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER.
 
REMEMBER TO LOVE YOU. BE YOU AND BE TRUE.


april417
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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 204
   Posted 11/15/2009 5:24 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi all maybe someone can help:  I have not sleep in 7 days only about 2 hours a night if that.   I have a very hard time falling asleep and once I do I do not stay asleep for long.

I have tried ambien, ambien cr, trazodone, sequeol and other over the counter meds.......

Any idea's idea   idea idea idea idea idea idea

 

April


April
 
HOPE, FAITH AND LOVE
 
 
          Total Coletomy Feb. 07
            Total Hysterectomy Oct 08  
        
         Currently taking: Synthroid, Cymbalta 60mg, Lyrica & Prilosec OTC


Tirzah
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Total Posts : 2279
   Posted 11/15/2009 8:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Have you tried any of the "natural" remedies? Some that have helped me (usually I need more than 1 of them):
1. Acupuncture
2. Turkey (trytophan induces drowsiness -- if you look it up there are other foods with this nutrient)
3. Lavender (spray, oils, lotion, etc. -- but it has to be real lavender not an artificial scent)
4. Sleep hygiene (I think I posted on this in the past -- you could do a site search)
5. Passion Flower Tea (some people also say chamomile tea helps)

I'm sure others have ideas as well. There are sleep specialists (prescribing psychologists or psychiatrists usually, sometimes neurologists) who can also help figure out how to get you a full night's sleep using a variety of treatments -- after a full workup to check what physical factors might be contributing to insomnia.

feel better,
frances
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