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TeNNiSd0C09
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   Posted 2/18/2009 5:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I am going to start coming off my Lyrica after 14 months of being on it. I am curious if I am going to see a difference, and if so, how much of a difference. I cant even tell now, but it might just be because I dont remember how I used to feel...if I get worse I will probably go back on it so...
 
Wish me luck! 
Lyrica(14 months) and Paxil(about 6+- months)-both helping some, but would like to see better results
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julieleaps
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   Posted 2/18/2009 7:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Good Luck!
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springfling
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   Posted 2/18/2009 11:10 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi,

I went off Lyrica after 6 months and didn't notice a difference. Hopefully you won't have a problem although you have been taking it longer than I did. I think all people react differently and it also depends on what other meds you are on.

I stopped because I was gaining too much weight and the weight was hurting me more than the Lyrica was helping. (hope that makes sense!)

Anyway, good luck and hope it all goes well for you.

Hugs!!   Margie


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Chartreux
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   Posted 2/19/2009 12:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Tennis, make sure you let the Doctor know your coming off this med..
it can have bad withdrawals if you do it to fast, so make sure you do it very slowly
and under your doctors care....14 months is a long time and your body is
probably used to it and well, we care about you, so taper off slowly, okay...
soft hugz...
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springfling
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   Posted 2/19/2009 8:18 AM (GMT -7)   

Tennis,

When I posted earlier, I should have made it clear that I went off Lyrica by my doctors instructions. Chartreux is right, you wouldn't want to go off by yourself. There are too many complications and risks after taking something for so long!

Just wanted to clear that up. I wouldn't want anyone to think it was alright to just go off a med. It is always important to go thru your doctor so he can monitor how you are doing.

Sorry if I caused any confusion. Good luck!!


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Marlee2
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   Posted 2/19/2009 8:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Christi, may I ask why you are going off the lyrica??? I thought it was helping you.
 
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GamJill
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   Posted 2/19/2009 8:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Good luck Christi!
 
 
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Sherrine
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   Posted 2/19/2009 12:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Tennis, I agree with all that said to be sure your doctor is in on your plans.  I have a feeling that your doctor is because you are pretty careful about everything.
 
You may find that there will be no difference once you are off the Lyrica.  I have heard several members say that it worked for them at first and then it stopped helping them.  Maybe this is what happened to you.  I hope you find that you do not need to take it anymore.  The less medication, the better. 
 
You are a very smart young lady so I know you will do what is best for you.  I'll be praying for great results!
 
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TeNNiSd0C09
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   Posted 2/19/2009 4:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, of course, my doctor knows. I called and asked, he gave me instructions on how to taper off.

I have decided to come off of them to see if there is any difference in how I feel. If it gets worse then I will go back on it, if not then its one less thing to take.

I havent started yet though so... later this weekend probably.
Lyrica(14 months) and Paxil(about 6+- months)-both helping some, but would like to see better results
www.myspace.com/wilson_gal22
"Cracks in the concrete are just reminders that you fall apart no matter how strong you are"
"Sometimes it is best to forget what you feel and remember what you deserve"
    "Im going to smile like nothing is wrong, talk like everything is perfect, act like its all a dream, and pretend its not hurting me."


Sherrine
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   Posted 2/19/2009 4:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I figured your doctor knew.  I hope you can get off it.  I know that's what you really want to do.  I'm praying for you.
 
Sherrine
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TeNNiSd0C09
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   Posted 2/23/2009 7:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks

I could really feel the withdrawal when I skipped the first dose...but after a few days it isnt that bad anymore. Im taking it once a day instead of twice and in a week I will go down to every other day and then quit after that. I feel like Im hurting just a little more, but probably because I've been doing alot lately. Otherwise, I really dont feel any different other than the withdrawal affects that I feel.

I suppose its going very smoothly considering how long I've been taking it. I suppose Im somewhat lucky. Lets hope that I am not worse off the med, I'd prefer just getting rid of them for a while. Im really not even sure who I am anymore.

Wish me luck, take care!
Lyrica(14 months) and Paxil(about 6+- months)-both helping some, but would like to see better results
www.myspace.com/wilson_gal22
"Cracks in the concrete are just reminders that you fall apart no matter how strong you are"
"Sometimes it is best to forget what you feel and remember what you deserve"
    "Im going to smile like nothing is wrong, talk like everything is perfect, act like its all a dream, and pretend its not hurting me."


Chartreux
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   Posted 2/23/2009 9:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Tennis, I'm so glad your doctor knows and that your tapering slowly, good for you!
I sure hope you can find something that'll help and get you painfree...
Lots of luck to you and well wishes..
Keep us posted as we care, okay..
Soft hugz and hopefully someday we'll all get a painfree day, can't wait for that day..
(I was just concerned about you in my first post, okay..)
Take care......
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Sherrine
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   Posted 2/24/2009 5:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Tennis, it does sound like things are moving smoothly for you and I'm really happy about that!  I don't blame you for wanting to get off some meds.  I try hard to not take anything I don't have to and I have been able to change my lifestyle to eliminate some medications, too.  I know that's not something possible with fibro but you are young.  Take really good care of yourself and eat properly and that will help how you feel overall.
 
Be sure to keep up posted on how you are doing.  I really care.
 
Sherrine
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