Lyrica vs. neurontin for pain?

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   Posted 6/26/2011 11:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all.   I am currently on neurontin for MS symptoms....and while it does stop the tingling and in my legs and arms and the sleeping feeling I get in my feet it does nothing to relieve my pain.
I am currently on 2,700 milligrams daily
A friend with similar pain issues told me when she switched from neurontin to lyrica her pain subsided greatly.
I would love to have something relieve my pain and I figure I'd tolerate it well since I never had a single side effect from neurontin and they are similar?
Has anyone ever gotten better pain relief from the lyrica?
I know the cost of my co-pay will greatly differ since I pay only 10 dollars for my neurontin since there is a generic..and I'd hate to fork over so much money to have it not work...

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   Posted 6/27/2011 4:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi hillbumm, and welcome. I found both absolutely horrible. Neurontin brought me out in a rash, Lyrica had me so spaced out that I couldn't function, and neither did I thing for my pain. On the whole though - from what I hear from friends who've tried both - Lyrica does seem to provide better pain relief.

I take Topamax (topiramate) myself - it's another epilepsy drug (also used for migraines). It's not nearly so well researched for neuropathic pain management as Neurontin and Lyrica, but helps me a lot.

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   Posted 6/27/2011 4:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Hillbumm, I have only been on Lyrica for neuropathy in my feet and yes it did work very well for that. But, I also gained weight while on it and many others have said the same thing. I have not been on Neurotin so I have no idea how they work, one better than the other I just don't know. If you are really interested in trying why not buy say two weeks worth at first and see what you think about it.

I see that you are new to Healing Well and I wanted to pop on here and tell you welcome aboard. Like we always say, we are sorry that you have to be here but very glad that you found us.

Perhaps if one of the other members have tried these meds they can give you some insight on how it helped or did not help.Anyway, I wanted to pop on and tell you welcome aboard.
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   Posted 6/27/2011 12:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Somebody said...
If you are really interested in trying why not buy say two weeks worth at first and see what you think about it.

The only problem with that is that it seems more often than not it takes a couple of months and/or at least one dose increase of Lyrica before you know if it is going to work.

There is a co-pay reduction card available from Pfizer that you can get through your doctor. It will reduce your co-pays down to $25 max. The cards are good for up to a year. If your doctor does not have any they can get them by calling 1-212-733-2323.

Up until a few months ago my wife was taking Lyrica for Fibro pain. at a dose of 150mg/day, and it was working quite well for her. Thanks to IL medicaid she was forced to switch to Neurontin and she is up 1800 mg a day and it is only working about 10% as well as the Lyrica did, plus she is having a lot of bad side effects from the Neurontin, and she had almost none when she started and then increased the Lyrica.

Post Edited (Jim1969) : 6/27/2011 11:13:05 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 6/27/2011 12:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I had asked about Lyrica and ended up with such a bad reaction from it...
maybe see if your doctor could give you a trial period of make sure
you don't have an immediate reaction to it, then you could ask for the script after
you know how your tolerating reaction was immediate 15 minutes after I first took
the first one...But Jim is right in that it could take a couple of months before you realize
it's with medicines and as everyone is so unique it's unknown how anyone will react
to something, I paid $60.00 for something I couldn't take ever again, after the first pill...
Doctor's can't predict how you'll react, neither can we, but I can hope it'll work good for you...
well wishes...
p.s. there are older posts on this, try going back to find it...for reading on
* So many dx's I could write a book* "It would be nice if we could use the edit button in real life"...
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