Have you ever told your doctor about a side effect you experienced and heard that the drug doesn’t do that? Plenty of people have become extremely frustrated by that message. One reader tried to tell her physicians about a frightening episode like a sleepwalking attack, though they did not seem to take her report seriously.
Pregabalin and a Sleepwalking Attack:
Q. I was prescribed pregabalin (Lyrica) for fibromyalgia. It did not relieve my pain. Worse, it made me narcoleptic, more or less.
I was standing at the kitchen sink, actively washing dishes, and BAM! I was instantly asleep and dreaming while still in motion. Another time I was walking down the hallway carrying a basket of folded laundry to a bedroom when I had this sort of instant sleepwalking attack.
I shook myself awake both times, alarmed at what had happened. There was no forewarning other than feeling a bit tired.
I told the doctor that Lyrica had not worked and the side effects it caused. He was skeptical.
I find all too often, even otherwise great doctors seem to rely on info from drug reps. I wish they would check drug studies to see what the potential side effects can be.
Lyrica as a Cause of a Terrifying Sleepwalking Attack:
A. The prescribing information for Lyrica lists “sleep disorder” as a rare side effect. There is no explicit reference to narcolepsy in the medical literature about pregabalin. Such a sudden sleepwalking attack during the day could be quite dangerous. Thank you for letting us know about your experience.
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