I am new here, pre-diagnosis of Fibromyalgia, question about Lyrica...

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   Posted 1/4/2009 12:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I am having some side effects from Lyrica and I was wondering if after taking it for a while, will the side effects go away?  My side effects are, dry mouth, dizziness, trouble concentrating (part of Fibromyalgia anyway).  The dry mouth is getting to me, but the rest is such a hassle.
I hope someone  can give me some insight.

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   Posted 1/4/2009 1:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I had that to,I was taking 75mg twice a day,then i started getting tremors and i quit foolin with it.Just wasn't worth it and i could tell no change.
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   Posted 1/4/2009 2:10 PM (GMT -6)   
my side effects went away with time
Lyrica and Paxil (both working quite well might I add!)
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   Posted 1/4/2009 3:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm hoping the Dr. doesn't prescribe Lyrica to me... I'm concerned about the side effects.
I'm taking Elavil & Trazadone right now, but I know there are changes coming when I see him again next week.
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   Posted 1/4/2009 3:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I was on muscle relaxers and percocets for awhile, then my doctor offered lyrica, but I was nervous about trying a new medication due to the nasty side effects that accompany most of them. Presently, I'm off the muscle relaxer, which did little more than make me feel like jelly, and the percocets too, which didnt take the pain away but rather made it so I simply didnt care. I wish I could help you with some good advice, but the fact still remains, there is no simple answer to take away the pain. Although hot tubs can really help!! lol

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   Posted 1/4/2009 5:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Julie,

Welcome to the fibromyalgia forum. I see that you have already gotten some advice, I have never taken lyrica so I don't know the first thing about it.

I am sure that you will find this a nice place to come and visit. All of the members are so kind and compassionate.

If you get the chance, look at the fibro101 thread. It is the second thread on this forum. There is a world of information there and I am sure you will find it to your advantage to read it. I think there is a discussion about lyrica on there.

How long have you been taking it? Usually the side effects of a medication go away within a month. And often it takes four to six weeks to get the full benefit.

I hope that the lyrica works for you.

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   Posted 1/4/2009 6:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Julie.
I'm sorry, I am not on Lyrica, I do not know much about it, I honestly just wanted to say hello because we have not met. It's a pleasure though!! I am sorry for your side effects, they can be soo annoying!! I hope other members have been helpful though, more-so than me.. they have helped me a lot with a number of things :-)
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   Posted 1/5/2009 1:04 AM (GMT -6)   
I was put on Lyrica, but it did not work for me. My new doctor said it "rarely works" for fibro patients. I don't know about that, but it didn't work for me so I got off of it. It made me foam at the corners of my mouth, but that was the only side effect I experienced with it.

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   Posted 1/5/2009 6:34 AM (GMT -6)   



Yes, those side effects will go away.  At least mine did.  And it works wonders especially for the burning pain.  When do you take your meds?  I take 100 at night and 75 through the day.  The doc wants me on 100 in a.m. and 100 in the p.m. but it makes me so sleepy (which I love at night) but at work during the day I can't take it.  So i take 75 in the mornings.



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Meds: Cardizem CD~Prilosec~Klonopin(prn)~Daily Vitamin~Tylenol~Lyrica

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   Posted 1/5/2009 6:57 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Julie & Welcome,

I was on Lyrica for approx. 3 months and got off of them because of the weight gain. Most of the side effects did go away after a month.

My sister is on Lyrica and loves it. Any of her side effects have gone away and she swears that they have helped so much with her pain.

I think it just depends on the person. Hope you do well with them. Just give them a try and maybe the side effects will disapear real soon. Good luck!


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   Posted 1/5/2009 2:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I am on 150 mgs at night and 75 in the morning. The side effects did go away, although I am still dehydrated but I also take Tramadol and amitriptylene so I'm not sure what comes from what.

I don't have any weight gain issues, mainly because Tramadol takes away my appetite I think!

I dont' notice memory problems with it. What it DOES do is take away the pain like magic, especially the horrible headaches I was having. Now the only thing keeping me from full-time work is the fatigue. I wish something worked for that. I'm trying exercise but so far that's making me more tired. (But I will keep it up)
I have Fibromyalgia, and nothing else!
I take Lyrica 225 mg/day and Tramadol (150mg time-released)

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   Posted 1/5/2009 7:38 PM (GMT -6)   

I would like to say thank you to everybody who responded to my post.  I am headed to a rheumatologist in March (closest date, only one in town).  I have been taking Lyrica for only a little over a week.  I will wait and see if the problems go away. 

I have to say I am depressed about this whole Fibro. thing.  I can't help but feel like I will be on pain meds the rest of my life.  I have a three year old and I feel like it's all about me now, and I can't get over the fact that I will never feel normal again.  I want to be able to get down on the floor and up again with out a struggle, walk up steps without pain, work for a day and not come home totally exhaused and in pain. 

The worst part is, I thought I had MS, and now it seems like this disorder is so much like it, but not it, and everybody I have talked to feels like, "oh just fibromyalgia".  No one takes me seriously, or understands my pain.

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   Posted 1/8/2009 5:42 PM (GMT -6)   

I know what you mean about dealing with the fibro and raising a child. I have a two-year-old son. It's hard. It's hard enought to raise a child without health problems. I fear the day he realizes that he's stronger than me. Hopefully he will continue to be a good boy and help mommy out.

I spoke to my rheumy and he put me on skelaxin (sp?) which is a non-sedative muscle relaxer. He aslo put me on Rozerem which is a sleeping pill that is not addictive and is also non-sedative: it works by stimulating your production of melatonin.

We discussed how I'm afraid to be knocked out or "dopey" with meds while I'm responsible for a child's care. This was our solution. I've been on the meds two weeks now, and so far little results. Giving it time, though.

Best of luck to you.

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   Posted 1/8/2009 6:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I was on lyrica, and had the same horrible dry mouth you are explaining. What I did to help, was chew sugar free gum or pop a sugar free candy every hour. Sugar free is key, because you do not want to be eating sugar hard candies all day. It helped build up saliva in my mouth and took the dry mouth away.

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   Posted 1/9/2009 1:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I was wrong about the rozerem. It is a sedative. Just fyi.

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   Posted 1/9/2009 10:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Julie and Welcome-

I do not take Lyrica but have a prescription for it. I am so sensitive to meds so I get too scared to start something new. Hope the side effects calm down for you soon-

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   Posted 1/9/2009 11:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Julie,
I was on Lyrica for about 3 months. The major side effect for me was severe swelling of my feet and hands. It was so bad that I could barely walk and had to have my favorite toe ring cut off! Also, the weight gain was significant, so doc took me off because it was not worth the risk the extra weight put on my hips and back. I asked to be put on Cymbalta and I noticed an immeadiate difference. I felt great! Now it has been almost 3 months and I think I need my dosage adjusted.
Not everyone can take Lyrica because of the amount of side effects. My advice would be to talk to your doctor about Cymbalta or other treatments available for you. And also realize, there is no one magic pill, we will constantly have to change meds and diet to combat the different flare ups we all experience.

Best of luck to you!

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   Posted 1/9/2009 12:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I have tried Lyrica and had side effects worse than the fibromyalgia itself, I quit
Be carefull of any new meds,  especially those antidepressants there a pharmacy reps with suitcase full
 of new drugs, in every dr.
office just waiting for more sale and I do believe there are kickbacks for the dr.
to try and sell them, Stay with the older more familar drugs is my best advice.
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