Lyrica...benefit verses risk?

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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 8/11/2008 7:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I went to a new Rheumatologist today and was given Lyrica to try for my Fibro.  I've been taking one Flexiril at bedtime for many years to help me stay asleep but it doesn't work as well now.  I don't have flares very often and am thankful I don't have a lot of the problems so many do with Fibro.  He also gave me AmbienCR to try.  My question is, since I don't think my symptoms warrant the risk of bad side effects, can I take Lyrica when I'm having a flare or do I have to take it all the time to get any benefit?  Is it safe (and does it work) if taken off and on?  Thank you so much...this is such a good site.

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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 368
   Posted 8/11/2008 9:53 PM (GMT -6)   

Lyrica was the first drug of many ive been given.  I am still on it as it has really helped me.  Most fibro's are on it with much success.You should have a slight relaxing feeling of symptoms and burning sensations ease dramatically.  Even if you dont take it everyday it still has the same affect, its doesnt need to build up in the body.If you stop when it  has been helpping you will emmediately notice it.  I have shocking burning  from a nerve injury and lyrica and a good pain med have helped me get my life back.from    sue2z :-) :-) :-)

Fibromyalgia, ulcerative colonitus, arthritus, bi-polar
norspan patch, valium, prothiedon, lyrica

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