Is Lyrica really that much better than Neurontin?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Michelle_NZ, Jul 18, 2007.

  1. Michelle_NZ

    Michelle_NZ New Member

    Hi folks

    I've been on Neurontin now for about a year - it helps with the severe neuropathic pain, but it hasnt taken it away altogether. Evenings are still very tough when my pain is at its worst.

    I've had little side effects from Neurontin - no weight gain, it doesnt make me drowsy, and my appetite is normal.

    I am thinking of asking my dr to change me to Lyrica but I'm wondering if its really worth the effort of trying a new drug - you know the drill - wean off the one you are on, then build up on the new one - and then only to find the old drug was better!

    I'd love to hear from peoplw with neuropathic pain who have used both Neurontin and Lyrica.

    Which was best? What about side effects? Is Lyrica better? Ie does Lyrica give better pain relief?

    Thanks everyone
  2. GigglePoet

    GigglePoet New Member

    Hi Michelle,
    great question. I am on Gagapentin instead the lyrica becasue insuranc wanted me to tyr that first. It sees to have relly helped. I am on building up stage right now
    Sorry sleep meds taking over it's time to hed for be.

    Bes luck to you,

  3. DemonFairy

    DemonFairy New Member

    Neurontin has never helped me at all, while Lyrica helped me a lot when I had my herniated disk. I was only on 75mg twice a day. I haven't used Lyrica for FMS yet at the proper dosage (350 - 450mg), so I can't vouch for it at that dose, but I'm going to try it again. Neurontin, for me, was liking throwing money up into the air and watching it float away for all the good it did me.

    Lyrica did have some pretty strong side effects for the first week for me. I was a little off balance, and I felt a little stoned. So, I was careful walking up and down the stairs, and I didn't drive during the worst of it. The balance side effect was annoying, the stoned side effect, much much less so. :)
  4. suzetal

    suzetal New Member

    When I asked she said that I am on nuontrin have been for 3 years and why would I want to change something that works.

    She also said that lyrica does not work for everyone and that it is not a cure.Also that if it was a cure she would change me in a heart beat.

    I also called my GP and she basically said the same thing.That I am on medication for pain (I also take methadone)and they are all helping and she does not feel that great about the side affects .But its up to me.They will both go with Lyrica if thats what I want.

    I am not going to try it.I feel if what I am taking is helping why change .This is my opinion.And I still have pain and at least I am no longer bed ridden.

    You will be doing the right thing by talking it over with your doctors to see how they feel about it.Good luck.

  5. 139864

    139864 New Member

    Hi michelle
    What dosage of Neurontin are you prescribed ?. I am taking Gabapentin ...on 800mg at the moment , working my way to 1200 ... fingers crossed , at the present time it seems to be working ,the pain has gone from a ten to a four . hoping it will have cleared by 1200
    Brenda uk
  6. suzetal

    suzetal New Member

    I am all the way up to 1800mg a day .I take 600 morn. 600 at noon than another 600 mg at dinnertime of nuerontin.

    I still have pain but at least I am out of bed.

  7. jillynz

    jillynz New Member

    Hi Michelle,

    I've just swapped, about a week ago, and am up to 75mg L at night, then again 75mg about 3pm. I'm not sure but I do think it is better for me. I will better be able to evaluate in another week or so. I haven't had any crazy pain flare ups put it that way. I was only taking 300mg Neurontin at night b4 also. I don't seem to get good advice about how much to take or anything. Ros seems to just leave it up to me. I do find Neurontin makes me hungry, and I'd say Lyrica is similar in that regard but not as bad. I've never taken Neurontin during the day (unless at home in bed and out of it anyway)because of the dopey feeling, I think Lyrica causes less dopey feelings. I don't know equivalent doses so am in experimental stage at present really. I haven't had any bad effects. They side effects are prob same as Neurontin and I was used to those. I have been doing alot more. Like somebody else said I found Neurontin wonderful for all over FM/CFS problems. It completely stopped my IBS - touchwood.
  8. Neurontin never really helped, lyrica is much beter for me personally.
  9. jmq

    jmq New Member

    I am so glad you posted this question. I was on Nuerontin and could not get use to the side effects. I was a great "high and dizzy" feeling...always giggling! But I was working back then and could not drive or work on that I did not feel any pain relief.

    Maybe now that I am off on disability, I can try Lyrica and see. Do you know if I would have to stop taking my Cymbalta and Ultram during the switch? I do not want to fall back into the HORRIBLE depression state I was in before I started taking the Cymbalta.

    Anyways, keep us posted on your progress with the switch.

  10. BrdLdy

    BrdLdy New Member

    I was finally diagnosed last year with Fibro and am trying to get the pain under control, you know the drill. Anyway, I want to see a specialist in this field since I will be getting help for pain. What type of doctors do you all see? Pain specialist, neurologist, rhematologist???? I saw the later and she refered me back to my GP. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
  11. chloeuk

    chloeuk New Member

    The usual starting line seems to be a rheumatologist, but it all depends on your symptoms..I saw so many different specialists, like cardiologist because of palpitations, immunologist, neurologist for numbness and muscle weakness.

    I would probably say see a rheumy first and take it from there.

    Hope this helps some.
  12. pepsismybaby

    pepsismybaby New Member

    I am on 3600 mg of Neurotin (the generic of it) and still have terrible pain. I also take Tramadol/Ultram for pain and a muscle relaxer. I think I was started off on too high a dose of Lyrica. I was just plain out of it (like being horribly drunk) and falling around.
  13. LonelyHearts

    LonelyHearts New Member

  14. moorejus

    moorejus New Member

    Hi Michelle!

    Interestingly enough, my name is also Michelle! Okay, so I really had not side effects with Neurontin either. However, it also did nothing to relieve my pain. I actually had my neurologist switch me from Lyrica to Neurontin because of the side effects I was having with Lyrica. Before I had her switch me, I believe I was taking 150mg twice per day. The side effects....I literally felt as though I were going to pass out every time I stood up!! Many times everything would slowly go black and I would either fall to my knees or grab the nearest thing to me to keep from falling. The other side effect I had was I always felt like I was in a drug induced fog and I had a really hard time concentrating and staying focused on anything. It also caused dizziness. Neither drug really worked for my pain.

    I have actually found a natural remedy that really works to relieve my pain and it has also helped with the constant fatigue, migraines, and actually helps me to sleep better. If you would like more information you can email me.
  15. rayswife

    rayswife New Member

    unfortunately, I had bad experiences with both meds. Lyrica worked great at first, then when it stopped working and my doc increased the dose, I became extremely suicidal! It was very scary!
    After that he tried my on neurontin. Again the med worked great, then quit working. Dosage was upped until it was maxed and it still quit working for me. I hope your experience is better, but do be careful!
  16. moorejus

    moorejus New Member

    Since I am new to this, I really didn't know I couldn't do that. Are we allowed to post websites, because you would need to go to a website for additional information.
  17. keke466

    keke466 New Member

    I don't post here often anymore but I think we are allowed to post websites here. YOu could just tell us the name of the natural med you take instead.
  18. kjfms

    kjfms Member

    it really helped my pain. Unfortunately I can't take it because of major edema. I have several left over and will take one when in an extreme flare up along with my pain medication (my physician said I could do this) it makes such a difference. I just wish I could take it.

    I hope it will work for you and that you will have less pain.