reaction to lyrica???

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poco
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   Posted 7/25/2008 11:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey everyone,
 First of all I want to thank you for being so kind and supportive to me. You have been so helpfull. I know I am posting alot and I really don't want to get on anyone's nerves. I am new and very confused. I guess I will be until I see the rhuematoligist (sp?) sorry I can't spell these words good yet.
 Well right now I am having a real problem. My Primary care doc yesterday gave me lyrica for fibro. He said to take one in morning and one at night. I took one last night and then again this morning. Let me tell you I am all screwed up. I had to take my youngest to school this morning and I felt in a daze. I managed to get him there. Then I had to take my other son to doc for follow up from surgery. I was really getting disoriented. As I was taking him home it was like I was high on some drugs. He is 15 and dosen't have his learners permit yet so I had to drive but he was having to help cause I was all over the place. Talk about a fog. Disoriented, high, couldn't put my thought tougher, speach was messed up. I am still in a haze now as I type. I called my doc's office as soon as we made it home. Well all the doctors in the office are out until tuesday but the nurse told me to stop taking the lyrica and to stay home and rest till it wears off. I called my moms work because she works at a pain clinic and told her to ask her doc. He said to go to bed and sleep it off but I could still take lyrica at night. I am afraid to take it at all now. I don't do drugs and I don't drink. I do not like this feeling. I have tried to sleep but I lay here dozing not really sleeping feeling all loopy. If I can't take lyrica what can I take? Has any one else had this reaction? Maybe I can't sleep because I take 400mg of provigil because I am so tired during the day. Provigil keeps me up and moving. I take alot of meds for depression and mood disorders. I have been labled with everything almost exept how do you spell scxsoprinoa I can't spell nothing right now. I no that aint right. I just wish this "fog" would go away. My daughter put me to bed and took my smokes away cause she was afraid I would burn mysellf or the bed. Told me not ot get up without telling someone. I can get up and stuff I just can't drive and make decisions. Its best I just stay in bed till it goes away. Sorry this has been so long. My thoughts are all over the place. I can't wait till next month when I see the specialist. I want answers and I hope he is good and has the answers. It will be such a reliet. Please keep that in your prayers for me. Thank you so much!
poco

Ginny
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   Posted 7/25/2008 11:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Poco,
 
You never have to apologize to us for anything okay.  I'd say go with your gut instincts on this one. If you feel very uneasy taking it at night, don't take it.  Wait to talk to your doctor or rheumy about it.  It sounds like it's definitely causing an issue for you to live normally.  If it were me, I would stop taking it too.  Trust your own instincts. It's a great way to learn how your body works.
 
Let us know how you're doing okay,
 
Ginny
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SunnyDottie
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   Posted 7/25/2008 1:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Poco,
I am sorry about the problems with Lyrica but posting here sometimes you find someone with the same problem. Almost 2 years ago a md put me on lyirca and I could not function during the day being in a fog, I was sick to my stomach and lightheaded. I was worse than taking it. I stopped the lyrica and spoke to my rheumy who said it sounded like it did not work for me. I would also check with another md if the one who prescribed it does not want you to change. I am on neurontin in its place and am functioning better.
Remember it is you and your body.
God Bless and I pray that will be feeling better soon.
SunnyDottie

Sherrine
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   Posted 7/25/2008 3:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I do not take Lyrica but there are others that do and have had some success with it.  Others hated it and stopped it.  It doesn't work for everyone.  But, the ones that do like it had to take it for days before the initial dizziness wore off.  I hope they will come on and share.  Maybe try it over the weekend and see if the side affect wears off.  Or just try it in the evening.  I'd definiely talk to the doctor about it on Monday, though.
 
Sherrine
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searchingforanswers
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   Posted 7/25/2008 4:58 PM (GMT -7)   

 

Poco,

What dosage of Lyrica are you on? It has helped me so much. I take 300mg in the morning and 300mg in the evening and have no side effects. You need to start with a small dosage and gradually increase until you get results. I started on only 75mg at night and increased it from there. The side effects that you are having will go away if you are not on too large of dosage. You should not drive until your side effects subside. Talk to your doctor. If I were you, I'd give it a chance. It has helped me. I hope it will help you.


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poco
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   Posted 7/25/2008 6:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,
 Thanks for the responses. I took 75mg lyrica last night and 75 mg this morning. The doctors office nurse said to NOT take it at all till I can talk to the doctor on Tuesday when they are back in the office. I am afraid to take it again after the reaction I had today. I know it works for my husbands back pains. He had blown disks and such in his back and a siatic (sp?) nerve. He just had major back surgery and he takes 150mg in morning and night. He has taken it for 3 years and does fine. I don't usaully have reactions to meds. I take a load of meds for depression and such. No problems there. But did have reaction to zyban several years back. From what I have read some people do well with lyrica and others don't. I just haven't heard to much about others having a reaction like I did today. It was terrible!!! I hope all side effects are gone in morning. Thanks for you help!
poco

Lindaloo
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   Posted 7/25/2008 6:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Poco,

Welcome to Healing Well. I'm glad you are here. And I'm glad you asked the question about lyrica.

I took it a year ago and at first, it made me very sleepy and foggy and then the symptoms went away. After a while it stopped working for me, but I was only taking 125 mg a day and didn't feel I could increase it because I was watching my four year old granddaughter every day and the lyrica was making me very sleepy so I stopped it. Now a year later, I have started it again at 25 mg 3 times a day. I was sooooooooo very foggy and confused, but I hung in there because the pain was so much better. Now I am on 50 mg 3 times a day and the pain relief is wonderful and the side effects are gone. I do feel a little sleepy in the afternoon. Sometimes I take a nap and sometimes I don't so it's not very bad.

I say start on a lower dose and work your way up. The benefits of lyrica were great for me.

Hope this has helped.

Gentle hugs,

Lindaloo
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Southernlady
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   Posted 7/25/2008 7:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Poco, I take Lyrica, but only 25 mg. at night before I go to bed.  If I take it about 8:00 I usually get sleepy around 11:00.  Sometimes I still wake up in the middle of the night and have a hard time going back to sleep.  I'm afraid of the side effects of it especially gaining weight so I haven't increased mine yet.  Maybe if you start out on a smaller dose it won't make you feel so loopy.  It has worked wonders for my pain so I plan on taking it for a while longer before I increase it any.
 
You are in my prayers and I hope you start feeling better!
 
God Bless!
Shannon
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kaymac
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   Posted 7/28/2008 12:46 PM (GMT -7)   

Definately it was the LYRICA!

I started off slowly over a weekend and work my way up to 3 caps of 150 mg a day. Then I had to back down to just 2 a day, so I'm on 300 mg daily. It did have side effects of severe loopiness and it went away with me. Each time I up'd my dose, I warned my boss and family. I did fine. It has helped, but I did gain weight which I'm working on.


jxrose
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   Posted 8/1/2008 12:32 PM (GMT -7)   
This happened to me when I increased from 300 to 400 a day, so I am staying at 300 for now. I started at 25, not 75...I was told they always start small and work up, so 75 twice a day sounds like a lot. Ask for the starter pack, it's a bunch of 25 mg, grouped into four weeks, so you up the dosage over time.

nanno
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   Posted 8/1/2008 1:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm sorry you're having problems with the lyrica. I guess that's why they have the warning about driving. I take 75 mg 3 times daily and drive and work and have been doing good. Right at first I noticed a bit of lightheadedness but am good now. I also started lower. I started at 50 then worked up as that's what the doc said should be done. I can't say enough about lyrica because I need to be active and it is helping me do so. I have my bad days, bad pieces of days, whatever but nothing like before. Good luck. Hey I have lost 14 lbs on WW something I thought I wouldn't be able to do on lyrica.

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