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Old 05-31-2018, 04:42 PM   #251
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Hi, As a result of 3 major back and neck surgery, I have been on lyrica (3x75mg/day) since April 2016. I have stop taking lyrica on April 20, 2018 following a 3 weeks period (75mg/week). Since then my life is terrible, I cry everyday, I sleep 12 hours/day, I have no energy, no appetite (lost 15 pounds) my hands are shaking, I have suicidal thought, I have stiff neck etc.. I had 5 good days a week ago then back to hell again. Yesterday I had a good day. Today is again terrible day and crying again. Can someone had similar withdrawal symptoms and if so how long did it last? Thank you for your comments!!!!!
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Old 10-06-2018, 06:25 PM   #252
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Hi, As a result of 3 major back and neck surgery, I have been on lyrica (3x75mg/day) since April 2016. I have stop taking lyrica on April 20, 2018 following a 3 weeks period (75mg/week). Since then my life is terrible, I cry everyday, I sleep 12 hours/day, I have no energy, no appetite (lost 15 pounds) my hands are shaking, I have suicidal thought, I have stiff neck etc.. I had 5 good days a week ago then back to hell again. Yesterday I had a good day. Today is again terrible day and crying again. Can someone had similar withdrawal symptoms and if so how long did it last? Thank you for your comments!!!!!
Hope you are ok. I have been on Lyrica since it came out for several conditions. I am only on 75 mg twice daily. I have gone off of it twice, only to have to go back on as I could not tolerate the prolonged severe withdrawl. I will be on it until the day I die. The withdrawal was worse than any opiate change my pain doc made. Somebody paid a lot of money to get that approved for human consumption. I am appalled at the number of reported side effects and the body awful withdrawal when attempting to discontinue. Best wishes.
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Old 02-11-2019, 01:27 PM   #253
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Hope you are ok. I have been on Lyrica since it came out for several conditions. I am only on 75 mg twice daily. I have gone off of it twice, only to have to go back on as I could not tolerate the prolonged severe withdrawl. I will be on it until the day I die. The withdrawal was worse than any opiate change my pain doc made. Somebody paid a lot of money to get that approved for human consumption. I am appalled at the number of reported side effects and the body awful withdrawal when attempting to discontinue. Best wishes.
I have been on Lyrica for 5 years. Four months ago my dosage was increased to 300mg twice a day. Until the increase in dosage I did not make the connection of side effects to Lyrica (painful bloating,memory problems, high weight gain etc.... I cut it back to 300mg once a day for 2 months without issue. Started to cut back last week to 150mg once a day. I am now feeling effects of withdraw as mentioned: nausea,diarrhea etc....... I will talk to doctor to slow down slower. Preferably I would gut it out over a few days, however after hearing about how long withdraw symptoms may last(years?)a slower approach mat be needed. Reading the stories of others with same issues is quiet helpful.
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Old 02-16-2019, 02:44 AM   #254
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Cut back with GP guidance, definitely donít go 300 to 150. The side effect withdrawals are hideous but also a well know little talked of event with doctors. I donít know why. Titrate up to 275 for 3 weeks, then 250 for 3 weeks and follow a diarised plan of cutting back. Itís a good drug for what itís prescribed for if tolerated but getting off is not without difficulty. Always seek GP advice for titrating down on medications. Sorry youíre going through this
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Old 03-13-2019, 05:01 PM   #255
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I am not sure how to start a new thread, but I am giving it my best shot. I suffer from Lupus, Si Joint pain, and chronic lower back pain. My pain is so intense sometimes that I just don't know how I am going to make it. My back has been fused at l3 l4 l5. Ever since then my life has went down hill. Currently I have one neurosurgeon saying I need si joint fusion and another saying they don't think that is it. If anyone has suffered from si joint pain could you please tell me if your pain is always one sided or do you also get pain on the middle of your spine at the lower end of your back?
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Old 06-09-2019, 07:39 PM   #256
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Just posting this to document that I too had severe withdrawal problems from Lyrica, even with tapering over about three weeks. The symptoms started gradually while tapering off, worsened when I was completely off the medication, and kept worsening for the 2-3 weeks I was off it. But I didnít realize the connection until the symptoms got really bad. I felt so bad that I thought I would die, and at first my doctors and I didnít know what was wrong. I restarted the Lyrica and sure enough, the problems immediately disappeared. A few years later I tried once again to stop it, this time with even a much slower taper. I started gradually feeling the same bad symptoms long before stopping and with just a fairly small dose reduction, so reluctantly will stay on Lyrica forever.

Itís true that the vast majority of people apparently do not have this type of reaction. But Iíve read many other reports of the same types of reactions from a small percentage of people. BTW I have many of the same symptoms, just much milder, if I am a few hours late with a dose. I felt considerably worse with this withdrawal than on chemo for breast cancer.

Itís hard to put into words all of the symptoms I got, but here are at least some. This is how they get when really bad, when off the med for several days. They start milder and come on gradually:

No appetite, Upset stomach and/or nausea. Forced myself to eat as much as I could during the last couple weeks when it was severe. Without trying, I lost about 15 pounds in the two weeks off the med plus 10 more pounds in the previous 3 weeks while tapering. Got to my lowest weight since my early 20s.

Bad Headache; Much more than my usual pain in my neck and shoulders (This is where my pain is usually worst and where I have the most problems with my spine)
Couldnít think/plan; fuzzy thinking; Mind basically blank; Certainly couldnít work at my job that required concentration, high executive functioning and problem-solving
No energy, Mental or physical
Irritable
No desire or ability to engage in any social interaction, Even just conversation with my family
No desire to engage in any physical activity or to do anything, even low energy activities like read, watch TV, Check my phone for contact from my children or spouse, shower
Felt disconnected from reality
Couldnít drive
Difficult to even go to the doctor with the help of a family member
Fatigue
Couldnít do any type of chores, Even line up people to drive my kids

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