Hoiw do you get off Lyrica

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by dsames, Mar 18, 2007.

  1. dsames

    dsames New Member

    I am really in a quandry. Stopped Neurotin, dr. wanted me to try Lyrica again. I started agaiin, and just do not feel good, bad headaches, nausea, tired, eyes swollen, Dr. says these are not side effects of Lyrica. Actually, he pretty much acts like he doesn't want to talk about it.So last nite, I decided I would cut back gradually, I am on 75 mg and as you all know, it's capsule so how do you cut back on that. I decided maybe every other nite, so didn't take one last nite...

    Now I really don't feel good. I just want to safely get off this, and think I will go on herbal meds, I seem to be sensistive to alot of prescription drugs. 3 more weeks before my first appt with the rheumy, which can be a long time feeling like this. Please help.
    Shirley
  2. mindbender

    mindbender New Member

    Shirley I have been taking it for 9 mos
    Just remember, we're all different. If you don't mind a little reading,

    This sounds like it came straight off of Pfizer's web page.

    In all controlled and uncontrolled trials across various patient populations during the premarketing development of pregabalin, more than 10,000 patients have received pregabalin. Approximately 5000 patients were treated for 6 months or more, over 3100 patients were treated for 1 year or longer, and over 1400 patients were treated for at least 2 years.
    Adverse Events Most Commonly Leading to Discontinuation in All Controlled Clinical Studies
    In controlled trials of all populations combined, 14% of patients treated with pregabalin and 7% of patients treated with placebo discontinued prematurely due to adverse events. In the pregabalin treatment group, the adverse events most frequently leading to discontinuation were dizziness (4%) and somnolence (3%). In the placebo group, 1% of patients withdrew due to dizziness and <1% withdrew due to somnolence. Other adverse events that led to discontinuation from controlled trials more frequently in the pregabalin group compared to the placebo group were ataxia, confusion, asthenia, thinking abnormal, blurred vision, incoordination, and peripheral edema (1% each).
    Most Common Adverse Events in All Controlled Clinical Studies
    In controlled trials of all patient populations combined, dizziness, somnolence, dry mouth, edema, blurred vision, weight gain, and "thinking abnormal" (primarily difficulty with concentration/attention) were more commonly reported by subjects treated with pregabalin than by subjects treated with placebo (= 5% and twice the rate of that seen in placebo).
    Controlled Studies with Neuropathic Pain Associated with Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy
    Adverse Events Leading to Discontinuation
    In clinical trials in patients with neuropathic pain associated with diabetic peripheral neuropathy, 9% of patients treated with pregabalin and 4% of patients treated with placebo discontinued prematurely due to adverse events. In the pregabalin treatment group, the most common reasons for discontinuation due to adverse events were dizziness (3%) and somnolence (2%). In comparison, <1% of placebo patients withdrew due to dizziness and somnolence. Other reasons for discontinuation from the trials, occurring with greater frequency in the pregabalin group than in the placebo group, were asthenia, confusion, and peripheral edema. Each of these events led to withdrawal in approximately 1% of patients.
    Most Common Adverse Events
    Table 2 lists all adverse events, regardless of causality, occurring in = 1% of patients with neuropathic pain associated with diabetic neuropathy in the combined pregabalin group for which the incidence was greater in this combined pregabalin group than in the placebo group. A majority of pregabalin-treated patients in clinical studies had adverse events with a maximum intensity of "mild" or "moderate".

  3. 1sweetie

    1sweetie New Member

    I am also wanting to wean myself off of some meds and Lyrica is one of them. I only take 1 50 mg. capsule at night. I am opening the capsule each night and started dumping small amounts of the powder until eventually I will be able to quit entirely. I am taking it very slowly. This is how I was able to stop taking Cymbalta but I took months to do it this way.

    I feel that I should add a disclaimer that you may want to speak with your doctor before you quit your meds. I am just relating how I was able to stop some meds without bad side effects.

    Good luck in your efforts.
  4. Shalala

    Shalala New Member

    You may want to call a pharmacist and ask them if you can just quit it or if you have to be weaned off. I wassn't on it long enough for it to be a big concern for me. It was making me sick.