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   Posted 12/7/2011 7:52 AM (GMT -6)   

Just been to the doctors and he prescribed LYRICA instead of GABAPENTIN and to my dismay that is a weight gainer as well he didnt listen to me about the 70 pounds I gained with Gabapentin dont want to take this Lyrica which costs 500 danish kroner what do I do now any suggestions

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   Posted 12/7/2011 11:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Call the doctor and tell his receptionist what you told us and that you want to know what else can you take?

Please let us know how you make out concerning the doctors new decision.

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   Posted 12/7/2011 6:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been on Gabapentin for 5 yrs and had a little weight gain, maybe 8 pounds but, I find most nerve meds. do give some weight gain. I think Betsey gave you good advice.

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   Posted 12/7/2011 9:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I would call your doc too. I took Lyrica for about 4 months and have gained about 30lbs with it. What are you needing it for? I took it for fibro but it didn't help. If you decide to take it and you can't afford it, contact pfizer and see if you can get financial help. I applied and got it for free.
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   Posted 12/7/2011 10:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Hopeful~

It's hard for most of us to talk to doctors in a convincing way. After all, they know about this stuff they prescribe, right? But sometimes what we see as an awful side effect to us isn't much of a concern to them. Probably the person has never had a weight many of us....(me included). But I agree about talking to the doc. One way you can do it is to actually write down what you want to say. When you go in to see the doctor just tell his/her that you get tongue-tied and have trouble remembering what you wanted to tell then and ask him to read the note/letter you brought. I still take a note with me if I have more than one thing I want to remember to ask about. Doc sees me pull a piece of paper out of my purse and immediately says..."What's on your list?" He glad I do it so we get to things that are small problems before they get to be large problems. That has really helped me in the past and now I find it easier to talk to doc about anything.

One thing it took me a long time to realize and put into action is the fact that the body those pills are going into is MINE! I know it better than anyone else, I have to live with the results and I'm the final person who gives the 'Yes' or 'No' as to whether I take it or not. You can tell your doctor that you prefer not to take it. I declined different things that doc offered but he also knows that he can offer me new and/or experimental treatments and if I'm not comfortable with it I'll tell him so.

Doctors have lots of magic tricks up those sleeves...that's why they wear those long, white Let him offer you something else. Hope you find a good solution that works for you...
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   Posted 12/7/2011 10:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I agree with Chutz absolutley, I to this day take a list with me to my pm doc, sometimes the day after my appt. I remember what I wanted to ask, thats why I started taking lists.  Actually lists have become a large part of my life.
Good luck and take care,
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