Lyrica vs. Vicodin ES

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DonniesGirl
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   Posted 3/13/2009 11:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone,
As I have mentioned in a past post, my family doc told me to stop taking Vicodin, and prescribed Lyrica for me.  (He is completely against narcotics unless it is for surgery or the elderly).  I have been taking it (Lyrica) for 3 days and am soooo tired.  It is 50mg. twice daily.  I know Vicodin is not supposed to be for prolonged use, but I've read here that many people take it.  I had such energy with Vicodin, no tiredness until late evening (just when you're supposed to be tired!)  :)  I felt like I had a life again! 
Anyhow, I think I'm going to another doctor to try and get a second opinion about meds.  Should I ask if I could take Vicodin with the Lyrica?  Lyrica is really helping with the pain, but just making me so mellow, I don't feel like doing anything. 
I'm getting so discouraged. 
 
Help,
DonniesGirl smhair
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   Posted 3/13/2009 11:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Donniesgirl,

I take norco, which is a ten mg vicodin. I wouldn't change it for the world. So I am not willing to try lyrica. Maybe they can give you something else for energy. I take adderall and it really helps a lot. I hope that you can get back on the vicodin. I know that it has to be hard to go off. Did you wean off or just quit?

Best wishes for a wonderful painfree day.

Hugs, Karen
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Realest
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   Posted 3/13/2009 12:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey
I can't imagine going to any doctor and saying you want Vicodin is a good idea. I'm from canada so I'm not sure if all the same meds. are available everywhere but I take a narco. called tramacet. .... look it up it's very similar to vicodin but non habit forming.

Take Care

tyno3
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   Posted 3/14/2009 6:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Donnie's Girl: The tiredness from Lyrica should abate over time. The vicodin is a heavy duty narcotic, subject to abuse, been there, and therefore should be used only if you are in severe pain. The energy thing is a trap with the vicodin. I suggest you go back to doc and ask about how to deal with the tiredness, perhaps a mild narcotic/analgesic coombo for flares or really bad days, and perhaps an antidepressant to get the energy back. I am not a doctor, just sharing my experience(s).

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saleha77
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   Posted 3/15/2009 1:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I must take Vicodin AND Lyrica. The Vicodin lets me be functionable.I do not have just FM though. The Lyrica I take for sciatica,not FM.The Vicodin helps my FM and my arthritis. I take 150 mgs. of Lyrica 3 times a day,works like a charm for my back/leg/butt pain. Vicodin has always been the only drug that has helped my FM.

tyno3
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   Posted 3/15/2009 9:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Gottcha, just the earlier writer said she was not in need of vicodin for pain, but for energy. That's the trap.
Hypothyroidism, Fibromyalgia, Facet Joint Syndrome, High Blood Pressure, menopause, Migraines, Chest Pain, Anxiety and Depression/BiPolar II
Synthyroid .075mg., estradiol.5 mgs., Amyltriptilene, 100mgs, bedtime, Tylenol 3 PRN (six-eight, daily), Valium 7.5mgs. daily prn. Flexeril, prn (not so helpful), Zoloft,150mgs., Zomig approx. 12 per month, prn., Meds for High Blood Pressure, vary.


Dagger
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   Posted 3/15/2009 9:34 PM (GMT -6)   
The fatigue from the Lyrica may improve over the next few weeks. A friend was barely able to get out of bed the first week but she slowly gained more energy.

Have you tried tramadol (Ultram)? Since its considered non-narcotic, docs are more likely to prescribe it.

loosie
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   Posted 5/6/2013 1:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Lyrica made me so sleepy, I went to sleep Everywhere ! My dr. replace it with gabapentin & the sleepiness went away.

Acheybody
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   Posted 5/6/2013 5:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Donniesgirl,

It's strange how different bodies are affected by different meds. What's so great about this forum is that we can get perspective from reading eachothers' experiences.

I've been on Hydrocodone (generic Norco, or Vicodin + acetominophen) since January of last year, when a disc in my lower spine ruptured. My dose is way down now, but it does still really help. I never dreamed I would take it this long - but life threw me a big old curve ball.

I've also been on Gabapentin (essentially, generic Lyrica) for nerve pain for almost that long. My doctor says that's the one I'll stop last.

I am somewhat more spacey than before, but then again, I was born spacey :) ...and I'm functional. Without these meds, I can't imagine that I would be.

Before my rupture, I was on 1/2 a Tramadol a day for pain, and that's it. I would LOVE (and hope) to get by with only that!

My personal viewpoint is that pain meds can help you have a better quality of life, if your pain is so bad that all your energy is going towards fighting it. Of course, they should be minimized, and there are contraindications....

Good luck! Doctors do vary widely as far as whether they are open to prescribing pain meds. Some are afraid to ever do it, while others pass them out too freely, like they're candy. I hope you'll find one who is intelligent about it.

Debbie
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Snowbunny21
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   Posted 5/6/2013 5:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Debbie....Looks like Donniesgirl started this thread back in 2009 and hasn't had posts since Loosie, who is new, accidentally brought up this thread.
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Acheybody
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   Posted 5/6/2013 10:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh, wow!  blush   I told you I was a born spacehead!  turn   Thanks for the heads-up, Snowbunny.
 
Kinda wondered why there were so many names I didn't recognize.
 
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