Any alternative that works like Lyrica?

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Hopegirl
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   Posted 5/28/2009 1:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm hurting right now and my ankles are swollen. I'm taking the 300 mgs for Lyrica twice a day (Rhuemy tried backing it off to 220 and that isn't cutting in) but I'm just in pain.
Financially I can't afford not to work, but I need something else that works. I had to take a percocet about 10 mins ago because the pain is intense. I tried walking around the building a few times but it just hurts and I can't wait to leave in 12 mins.
 
 
Monica
 
Fibromyalgia, Anxiety, IBS, Reflux, Insomnia,
Lyrica 225Mg X2/Ambein CR/Zantag (presc strength)
Taking it one day at a time.... 


Binki
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   Posted 5/28/2009 5:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey there Monica,

Sorry your in such pain right now, I'm sending you a soft hug. :-)

I tried Lyrica and it didn't do anything for me, I found better relief on my gabapentin. I notice that you have to keep trying and/or changing types of different therapies for FM. Are your ankles swollen often, or just this once? When my ankles hurt real bad or feel like they are "swollen", they really are not. The sensations I get/feel throughout my body will mimic swolleness. I think you should have your ankles checked out.

I don't know where you were leaving to in 12 mins. but I hope you are feeling a bit better now.

Take care,
Hugs,
Lori  
 
Dx Fibro 1/2008, gastritis
 
300mg Gabapentin, 50mg Pristiq, Vitamin D3, Menopausal Support Multi-vitamin, Ultracet and/or Fentanyl patch as needed


tyno3
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   Posted 5/28/2009 6:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Is gabapentin in a generic now, or is it really expensive like Lyrica? Also, my friend thinks he's taking Tylenol, but the tablets are more like an aspirin, with Apo on top, then a line across and T100, underneath. Could this be Lyrica?
Finally, is anyone on neurontin and getting any good results? Neurontin surely is a generic by now, yes?  Thank-you for any help sorting this out.

Hopegirl
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   Posted 5/28/2009 7:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much for the responses!! I was leaving in 12 mins to come home. I got home moved around and it 10:20 here in the evening and I took another pain pill. I know this too shall pass. Isn't gabapentin the generic for Neurotin or no? I remember one doctor gave me it before when they couldn't figure out where my headaches were coming from, it made me sleepy I only stayed on it a little while. But hey it's worth a try. I feel like I may go see my regular doctor now instead of the rheumy, I honestly don't feel like she is really doing anything that great, she is costing me a 25 dollar copay instead of 15 and I can't really get in to see her as often as my general.
 
 
Monica
 
Fibromyalgia, Anxiety, IBS, Reflux, Insomnia,
Lyrica 225Mg X2/Ambein CR/Zantag (presc strength)
Taking it one day at a time.... 


tyno3
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   Posted 5/29/2009 6:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Sorry, but I gotta answer your question, with a question; is gabapentin the generic for neurontin, and if so, is it less expensive. Also, does it work for anybody here? Please help.

Binki
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   Posted 5/29/2009 7:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Tyno...
Gabapentin is the generic for Neurontin. I have Blue Sheild insurance, so yes its less expensive for me...$15.00 for a month supply. Lyrica wasn't covered at the time I tried it either though. Its worked for me, comparing it to Lyrica, yes. At one point in time I was up to 1200mg a day, now I'm down to 300mg a day. I only take it at night, as with my Pristiq, because I get way too drowsy. That didn't help at work at all, so my doc said just at night is fine.

Hope this helps some.

Take Care,
Hugs,
Lori  
 
Dx Fibro 1/2008, gastritis
 
300mg Gabapentin, 50mg Pristiq, Vitamin D3, Menopausal Support Multi-vitamin, Ultracet and/or Fentanyl patch as needed


tyno3
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   Posted 5/29/2009 10:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm looking for an alternative to the narcotic pain relievers. I will still probably need some on hand for the really bad days, but I would like to try something different, to see if I can have fewer bad days. right now I'm averaging 1 out of two days where I am in agony. I still try to get out and do things despite the pain and fatique. i just, need more days when i can do so without being in agony. Thank-you for your help.

Marlee2
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   Posted 5/29/2009 1:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm suppose to be trying the neurontin/gab a whatever but haven't yet. You all should know my medphobia by now.
 
I hope you feel better soon Monica.
 
luv and hugs
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westat
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   Posted 5/29/2009 2:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Gabapentin (neurontin ) is actually like an earlier form of Lyrica. Lyrica is a derivative of gabpentin.
I actually had a severe allergic reaction to Lyrica so cannot try gabapentin.

I started a low dose of nortryptiline this week. Nortryptiline is a form of amitryptiline that is supposed to have fewer side effects. Kinda like Lyrica to gabapentin.
Dx with Crohn's in 1997 after 5 years of worsening symptoms.
Resection a few months after dx after 1 month on TPN and IV steroids.
Resection October 2008.
Also have severe asthma.
Fibromyalgia (allergic to Lyrica)

Tried: Pentasa, Cholestyramine, Asacol

Presently taking: now on Imuran, probiotics, calcium, B12.
For asthma I take Advair 500, singulair


poodles
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   Posted 5/29/2009 2:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear Hope,
Have you had your blood pressure checked? When mine gets to be a little high for awhile, my ankles always swell.
Also, one of the side effects of Lyrica is swelling in the joints.
I take 150 mgs of lyrica a day, at bedtime as it makes me drowsy. I have noticed an increase in swelling with my blood pressure since I started the lyrica.
I hope you find something that works for you soon.
Vickie

Fibromyalgia, Bipolar II, Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, Anxiety, Arthritis, High Blood Pressure, etc.


luvspringflowers
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   Posted 5/29/2009 6:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry you are feeling so bad. I hope you can find something to ease your pain. Gabapentin is the generic form of neurontin. I switched to this from lyrica at the beginning of the year due to insurance changes and the cost... it would have been close to $200/mo. YIKES
 
I have not noticed the is has helped much at all. I am not noticing more significant swelling but I am on prednisone too and some other meds. that can cause weight gain sad
 
Make sure you let your doctor know if you are having any side effects from any of your meds. Let the know if you do not feel the medication is effective. There is no sense taking something if it doesn't work.
 
Sending gentle hugs your way....
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