Lyrcia for Migraines??

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april417
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   Posted 11/5/2009 10:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Neurologist just put me on Lyrcia for migraines but insurance wont cover it, has anyone tried this???
April
 
HOPE, FAITH AND LOVE
 
 
                                   Total Coletomy Feb. 07
                               Total Hysterectomy Oct 08          
Synthroid, Lamictal 50mg, Cymbalta 60mg, Trazodone 50mg, propranolol ER 60mg for migraines,  and Ambien CR
                       


korbnep
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   Posted 11/6/2009 7:30 PM (GMT -7)   
April,

Although Lyrica is actually one of the few preventative HA medications that I have not tried, it is rather similar to Gabapentin (Neurontin). Lyrica is "Pregabalin"--they sound very similar because they both promote the conversion of the excitatory neurotransmitter glutamate into the inhibitory GABA (gamma-Aminobutyric acid).

Lyrica is a pretty new drug, whereas Neurontin has been used for more than a decade. And Neurontin is considered (along with Topamax) one of the few medications that is reasonably successful at treating treatment-resistant daily headaches.

So, if you haven't tried it before and your neurologist approves, you shouldn't have any trouble getting insurance to pay for Neurontin.

Ben
DX: NDPH, Recovered(?) CRPS
RX: Lamictal, Namenda, Wellbutrin XL, Oxycodone, Oxycontin, Concerta (Methylphenidate), Clonazepam, Rozerem, Magnesium (1200 mg/d), Riboflavin (400 mg/d).

PRN: Ketamine nasal spray, Toradol IM, Celebrex, Haloperidol, Lodine, Zofran, Phenergan, Ambien CR
rarely: Migranal, Thorazine, DHE IM, Droperidol IM, Reglan, Provigil, triptans (Imitrex, Maxalt, Relpax, Zomig, Axert, Amerge)

I can be contacted personally via email at korbnep:healingwell@gmail.com.


april417
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   Posted 11/15/2009 8:56 PM (GMT -7)   

Tried Neurontin for 2 months still had daily headaches.

My insurance finally went though and I started Lyrica one week ago, headaches are so, so no change yet still till early.  Increasing dose tomarrow  Lyrica 25mg 2x's daily.


April
 
HOPE, FAITH AND LOVE
 
 
          Total Coletomy Feb. 07
            Total Hysterectomy Oct 08  
        
         Currently taking: Synthroid, Cymbalta 60mg, Lyrica & Prilosec OTC


korbnep
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   Posted 11/17/2009 9:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm glad to hear that you were able to start Lyrica, April :) I very much hope that it will bring you real relief. As I wrote, Neurontin is very similar to Lyrica--the latter was developed to be the successor to the former--but they do work differently and Lyrica may well help you where Neurontin could not.

You may have seen TV commercials for Lyrica for the treatment of fibromyalgia. It's significant that it is the first (and only, I believe) FDA approved drug for the treatment of fibro. While fibromyalgia is certainly quite different from headache, neural overexcitation in the periphery of the nervous system works much the same as in the central nervous system. Even before Lyrica was approved for fibromyalgia I believed that the two disorders are very closely related--I once told a friend with fibromyalgia that it seemed to me that fibro is almost like a migraine that affects the rest of the body, and she agreed.

Anyhow, I hope to hear good news from you soon.

Ben
DX: NDPH, Recovered(?) CRPS
RX: Lamictal, Namenda, Wellbutrin XL, Oxycodone, Oxycontin, Concerta (Methylphenidate), Clonazepam, Rozerem, Magnesium (1200 mg/d), Riboflavin (400 mg/d).

PRN: Ketamine nasal spray, Toradol IM, Celebrex, Haloperidol, Lodine, Zofran, Phenergan, Ambien CR
rarely: Migranal, Thorazine, DHE IM, Droperidol IM, Reglan, Provigil, triptans (Imitrex, Maxalt, Relpax, Zomig, Axert, Amerge)

I can be contacted personally via email at korbnep@gmail.com.


yellow2
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   Posted 1/14/2010 7:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I am new to the forum.

My husband suffers from hemi-crania continua, a unilateral migraine that he has 24/7. He was put on Lyrica several weeks ago, and it has been very helpful. He tried Nuerontin first, but it didn't help. Still, I would try it and see if your insurance co. will cover the Lyrica after you have tried nuerontin.
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