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Stopping Lyrica Suddenly Can Trigger Withdrawal Symptoms

Many people report terrifying symptoms upon stopping Lyrica suddenly; weaning off the medication gradually may be able to reduce the problem.

Many drugs are capable of causing physiological dependence, so that when a person quits taking the medicine he immediately experiences side effects. In many cases, these reactions may be similar to the original problem for which a person might have been given the prescription in the first place.

This can lead the patient or the physician to conclude that the original condition is still a serious problem, but this is not necessarily the case. The symptoms could be due to a rebound phenomenon. This reader has had a really difficult time withdrawing from Lyrica because of the rebound effect. Stopping Lyrica suddenly can trigger a range of miserable reactions, as we have described here.

Q. I have Lyme disease that was originally misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia. I was put on Lyrica to help with the constant pain.

For a while I thought it was working because if I accidentally skipped a dose I felt like I was dying. The awful pain, tremors, nausea and migraines I got when I didn’t take Lyrica were really a sign that I was totally dependent on it.

I’m now working to slowly wean myself off. That will take a long time because I’m on a high dose. I’m relieved to know that the depression, irritability and restless legs I’m experiencing is just my body coming down from the Lyrica.

Stopping Lyrica Suddenly

A. Pregabalin (Lyrica) has a reputation as a safe and well-tolerated treatment for nerve pain (neuropathy) and fibromyalgia. But readers have reported side effects such as dizziness, fatigue, confusion or brain fog, dry mouth and weight gain.

Stopping Lyrica suddenly can trigger symptoms such as insomnia, headache, anxiety, nausea, excessive sweating and diarrhea. The official prescribing information specifies gradual tapering over at least a week. Some people may require a much slower withdrawal process.

We are sorry that your misdiagnosis meant you took a medicine that was not helpful for your condition-and didn’t get the antibiotic that could help. To learn more about what a Lyme disease misdiagnosis can mean, you may want to listen to our interview with Dr. Neil Spector, author of Gone in a Heartbeat.


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Been on Lyrica for 3 years for neuropathy related to shingles. Trying to reduce my dose from 400 mg daily to 350 mg daily. It’s been 10 days, and I am experiencing nausea,body ache and terrible night sweats. Have begun to think that the side effects of this drug are not worth pain relief benefit.

I am currently tapering Lyrica from 225 mg daily to 200 mg. It has been almost a month. I have been on Lyrica for 15 months. Suffer from severe chest and spinal pain from a rare condition. The nerve pain has returned with a vengeance but I am determined to taper to 150 mg daily. The brain grog, lack of concentration, drowsiness etc was ruining my life. Withdrawal has been a nightmare.

I’ve been on lyrica for years for seizure control. But, 10 days ago, I was about to need a refill. Turned into a total mess because a NP prescribed it, but under a Drs supervision. Shouldn’t have been an issue, but I was calling both the pharmacy and the Drs office daily, and finally today I just went in, got a RX, and got it filled. I have been feeling so sick for those 10 days; shakes, diarrhea, severe anxiety, insomnia. It took me a bit to realize it was withdrawal. Id like to eventually wean off of it, but don’t look forward to being this sick!

I was only taking 50mg Lyrica for one week, then increased to 100mg for second week, with goal of 150mg by third week. I had reaction to it in second week. Shortness of breath and tremors. I stopped taking it immediately and contacted my doctor’s office about it. They told me they were not surprised and that often patients end up having problems with it.

So here I am only one week after stopping and have shakiness all over, shortness of breath, heightened anxiety (I have PTSD so this made it worse), restless, hard time falling and staying asleep, and nausea. All this from only being on this crap for 11 days!

This truly sucks!

I’ve been on pregabalin 150mg for 4 years now. I don’t have any illness, I just take t for the high. On average, I take 7-10 pills at once. I also smoke weed with it. Sure feels good and gives you the energy. However, to lower my tolerance I would stop for a day (longest days ever).

Without weed, it’s impossible to sleep. I usually open the capsules and fill up a cup with the powder which gets mixed with water and then bottoms up. By the way, for every 10 strips (1 strip has 10 caps) I buy, I get one strip for free :).

I once had 10 caps, a lot of weed, and alcohol. I blacked out and my whole body started to spasm(?). That one was scary. I stopped for a day and then started my same routine.

I want to know how this will effect my health. Let me know.

Be VERY wary of this man, I can’t say for sure but I feel like lyrica has something to do with what I’m going through. I’m 22 and have used lyrica recreationally on a virtually daily level for about 2 years. I now am having symptoms like stomach pain, anxiety and depression, no appetite whatsoever, and now symptoms that seem like muscular dystrophy. All of the symptoms prior to the muscle wasting (like literally entire muscle groups disappearing), would ease up upon lyrica dosing.
Just be warned man, I’ve been to many doctors that say lyrica doesn’t do this shit, but a lot of doctors also seem to have no idea that a drug like this could even be so easily abused. Especially when everyone I’ve ever given it to have reacted like I’ve just opened their eyes to some new drug. If you can’t see shit that obvious, then maybe complex ramifications are just way out of reach. A lot of em still don’t agree lyrica can even cause debilitating withdrawal symptoms.

So mate, the point is IF lyrica does start affecting your health in some way. Don’t expect it to be picked up by doctors before it’s too late.

This is the most horrible substance I have ever come across. I only took it for a week and it gave me extreme withdrawal effects that lasted around a month! I have experienced cold-turkey from opioids and a rapid taper from benzos, but neither was a bad as coming off Lyrica.

I was awake for 5 days (not even a moment of sleep), shaking, vomiting, paranoid, confused, boiling hot but shivering and covered in goose-pimples at the same time… this feeling of utter terror that I cannot even describe. I really thought my brain had been damaged beyond all repair. I could not believe just a week of taking this shit did this to me.

Thankfully things improved pretty fast, but it took a month for me to be able to sleep properly again and not feel anxious. Please do not start taking this drug, if you are on it then taper off. I would have tapered but I had been on it such a tiny amount of time that I just stopped. I can’t believe doctors are prescribing this poison to people who are already suffering pain and anxiety, they must have been duped by the pharma-sponsored studies.

I’ve been out of my Lyrica for about a week and the doc and Pharmacist can’t seem to communicate to get my prescription filled. I have gone to the CVS twice to pick it up and it still wasn’t there. I called today and told the doctor’s office I would pick up an old fashion written script to take the pharmacy that way I knew they would get it.

The withdraws I’ve had have been horrible nausea, headache, dizziness, tingling in my hands and feet, feeling very shaking, breaking out in a sweat, I just feel absolutely horrible and only want to curl up in a ball and not move but I have a daughter and I have to get up and adult!!! I’ve gone a week without the medication and will pick up the script today from the doctor office.

My only concern is should I go ahead and push through and do without it since it’s already been a week. I’ve been diagnosed with fibromyalgia so I know I need something to help me but after reading all of these comments I just don’t know about the lyrica yet I’m desperate to stop feeling like crud right now.

Getting real, legit prescriptions at CVS can be a nightmare. And Lyrica will give you withdrawal symptom just for missing a dose or two!!

CVS left a message on my phone not long ago saying the person that ordered their medicine was on vacation and they would be out until that person returned.

Because I ran out of Lyrica and don’t have the money to get another prescription, I am suffering all the withdrawals listed. It is a nightmare! I want to sleep but I can’t get comfortable! Every nerve in my body is in overdrive! Lord help me! Don’t get prescribed this medication. It is evil!

Lyrica has been a life saver for me w/torn rotaror cuffs (severe in both arms). I had taken opioid meds for years and stopped them. All they did was make me high. Lyrica takes the nerve pain away so much better.

Yes, high doses of any pain med (even advil) can cause our brains to play tricks w/us. Know your body, slowly reduce meds over time, and it’s fine. Maybe not great but certainly tolerable. Drink plenty of fluids. I have NO insurance so I’m taking to on-again, off-again (or its drugs in ER which I do not want) If I can do it, anyone can.

If you have a chronic health issue that can’t be fixed, why not take a med that will help you?? Lyrica is better for you then opioids. Docs just don’t know enough about long-term. It’s worth a chat w your doc if you are really concerned.

Tapering off in just a week seems much too fast – if you have been on a higher dose or been on this drug for more than a few weeks please take it very slowly. Research shows the discontinuation symptoms are more than just a little discomfort for many people.

I have been talking lyrica for Guillaume Barre Syndrome. Just recently my doctor increased my dose to 450 mg a day. I have gained 15 pounds and am scared to death. I want off this medication. I don’t have my next appointment until June 21. I don’t want to wait that long to get off of it. I have read about the withdrawal effects and that really scared me. I’m thinking I will take only at night for a couple weeks and then just stop. Wish me luck!

Hi, everyone. Please don’t start this drug! If you’re going to stop, do it gradually.
I did it cold turkey. The side effects of taking Lyrica were: weight gain, drunk feeling, headaches, spasm, dry mouth and eyes, memory loss, unable to sleep, loss interest in sex, nausea, etc.
But coming off it is hell! The worst symptoms are: shaky, anxiety, panic, and weird creepy crawling feeling, BRAIN ZAPS!

I was on LYRICA 75MG UP TO 300 MG a day for nerve pain. I think I’ll talk to an attorney if symptoms continue.

Hi there I was taking them myself 600mg a day and due to moving into a nee area my doctors told me I need to get a new go its been almost 2wks without them and I’m in pain everywhere like I’m on fire its been apart of my life for a very long time I wear a splint and lost feeling in my lower leg just below my knee on my left leg pluss many years ago I broke my radio head it the joint were my elbow is on my right arm i have intensive nerve damage there to as to I have now found numbness on my lower back and bottom so sitting down is very difficult so its not my choice to stop this drug its due to waiting on a new GP the pre gabapentin worked wonders for myself now I cant walk get from a to b can’t even use the toilet with crying with pain I feel totally let down by NHS in Scotland I’m going through terrible withdrawals and in the past I’ve self harmed and try’s several times to vomit suicide I get quitapine for that but due to no doc I cant get meds I feel really bad can’t control my emotions thinking pattern is all over the place I begged my GP Zto help me but due to mu past misuse of illegal drugs he told me I had one minute to get out his office or he would phone the police now this was me seeking help beforehand so I no what pain is like I feel it every single day even when taking my meds but was refused any help so I no first handed what its like and anything anyone can up with I give it a go now I’m trying CBD e liquid and oil its helping a little but and bonus being there’s no nicotine so I’m giving up tobacco although I’m adding a little bit of e liquid containing nicotine its been a life saver

I take 300mg Lyrica AnD have weight gain and still get nerve pain in one leg. I took gabepentin before that. My eyes get blurry. I would like to get off the Lyrica.

I feel terrible hearing all your stories here about the withdrawl from Lyrica. I have been on 600mg/for only 6 weeks due to 2 herniated discs and was operated on to relieve the pressure. Truth is, the Lyrica really didn’t even touch the pain. It just made me feel dopey. Because of my addiction issues I wanted off this drug quickly.

After my doctor visit yesterday I told him I wanted to stop all my meds including Tramadol. He didn’t even warm me about side Effects!

As I type this I feel anxious. The shivers have stopped for now, as have the sweating in my feet and hands. I’ve been on a roller coaster of anxiety and nausea along with some suicidal thoughts.

What I’m trying to say is I believe the worst is behind me. I have to believe it because I feel I’ll go crazy.

I would strongly recommend anyone trying to stop does so with the help of some type of mood stabilizer. I’m just not sure which one.

My doctor doesn’t have a clue. He didn’t even try to recommend that I stop cold turkey. Please have some type of help, and start a gradual withdrawl as you progress off this powerful drug.

Good luck to all of you. It’s not easy. It feels like it will last forever but it won’t!!

I’ve been on Lyrica for six years now for my fibromyalgia. I’ve been taking 600mg a day for the last two years. (300mg twice a day) I have gained so much weight just in my stomach only and I’m always bloated on top of that. As the day goes on my stomach gets worse and more bloated. I hate to leave my house because people are always coming up to me asking me how far along I am. That is just what any girl wants to hear right? Is someone who thinks she’s pregnant. At first, I didn’t think that it was the Lyrica. I thought that I was just 36 my body is changing I’ve had four kids I’m no longer that skinny girl I’ve always been my whole life. I started working out and making sure I eat healthily and I wouldn’t lose a pound. I’ve worked out so hard and so much that I literally have hurt the inside of my ankle bone. (I have RA so that makes my ankle issue worse) My cousin is getting married in June and I refuse to go looking like I’m pregnant. Especially considering the wedding is at night when my stomach sticks out the worse. I want to stop the medication completely. I’ve been on this medication for six years also so I know that the withdrawals are going to be hell. I’ve been wondering if I took one dose of the Lyrica going from 600mg to 300mg a day if I could still lose the bloating and stomach weight? Or does the stomach weight and bloating only go away once you’ve stopped Lyrica altogether?

To Steph:
Lyrica is a horrible horrible drug. Doctors are NOT going to advise you on the life-altering side affects when weaning off this drug. Having said that I personally think 600mg to 300 mg is too drastic a drop, especially at that high dose and for as long as you have been on it. I do in fact believe the weight will come off fast with any type of taper (it did for me also) but what will happen is your body will reject what you are trying to do to it. So you may have weight loss but you will in turn receive many many side affects that may keep you from being able to leave the house. Sorry to be so blunt but it is true. Please wean off with a doctor’s supervison at a slower pace. Otherwise find an outpatient program that will help you go through the detox process without having to flip your life upside down.

God bless you!

I have been on Lyrica, 300mg 2x/day for several years for nerve pain after ruptured discs and back surgery. I have gained weight and have some dizziness with it. Weaning attempts did not work because I would get so anxious and upset. This last weaning has been going much better. I have decreased by 50mg for a whole month at a time, a very slow wean. At the moment I am on 250mg in the morning and 200mg at night. At the end of June I will decrease my morning dose to w00mg. Then at the end of July will be on 150mg for my second dose, and so on. I am so happy that it finally seems to be working. So just go very slowly.

I wasn’t on a big dose of lyrica at night, only 100 mg but my experience with my weight and where I gained it was exactly like yours! A few months ago I suspected that and went off it cold turkey but I was incredibly dizzy and at times couldn’t even stand up straight, so I went back on it reluctantly, I wasn’t off long enough to notice a difference on my weight. Now though a nurse practitioner told me to wean off slower so I went down to only 50 at night for a week and the last two nights it has been 25mg. I have lost 14pounds too after gaining over 55 pounds on the lyrica over not even two years! My dizziness just started coming back yesterday and it’s annoying and kind of scary but I am never going back up on this evil drug! I hope to be weaned off completely in a week or so

I have been on Lyrica for 3 years now, 125 x 3 times a day. I feel like I am living somewhere beyond hell. It started after my doc withdrew me to quickly off 5 mg of Diazepam which I had been on for years. I was diagnoised with Fibromyalgia to my surprise and the Diazepam was mostly controlling it. Long story short, I ended up with Atypical Facial Pain which is intense electricity going through my right eye, down my nose to my upper lip and down to the right of my mouth. This is also called the suicide disease, very appropriate…you want to tear your face off because the pain is unbearalbe. First time in my life I have ever considered suicide for relief. So in comes the Lyrica. omg…..I was so dizzy, my eyes are so blurring I can’t see straight, extreme pain in the palms of my hands and feet, my whole body is on fire like walking out of a fire pit, my eyeballs are the same, they are so distressed I want to sit and cry. I tremble inside day in and out so I am beyond exhausted. Depression from trying to deal with the physical discomfort as well as basically losing my whole life. I can’t walk far, bike, do yoga, read, function. I feel confused, severe memory loss and very sore hands. My lungs are full of fluid and my eyes have water bags all around them. I look in the mirror and want to cry. I have severe stomach issues which I never had before. The list just goes on. My new doc wants me off the drug and I do too….but I am terrified of the withdrawal, any suggestions or comments greatly appreciated. I am see a Facial surgeon who thinks he can fix the compression on the Trigeminal Nerve which happened in the Diazepam episode…Irresponsible doctor then, left me in withdrawal for 7 months, I didn’t know what was happening to me. But I was on the couch for a year from that and have never recovered. Searching desperately for anyone with similar story or advice

Hi. I have the same problem. I have gone down in dose and have not lost any weight. But everybody is different. It may work well for you and i hope it does. Good luck

I have been taking this lyrica for less than a year I missed a dosage yesterday and last nite my feet went crazy pins and needles buzzing aching so severe omg! First thing I thought about was my diabetes but then lyrica came to mind I looked it up and omg that was the issue I can’t take it my overall body is acting up I feel like a dope pheen!! Need advice help me!

I’m reading the experiences of people who have taken Lyrica. They are mostly not good. Having taken a dosage of 300 mg. daily for years, I have not had the problems that others have reported. It has been a life-saver for the pain I was experiencing, and I have never felt high, gained weight or felt that I was addicted. I do take other meds too. Once when my phone-in prescription was overlooked, and I ran out, I did have terrible withdrawals effects: restless legs, anxiety and sleeplessness. I would not rule out trying this drug for fibromyalgia, If I was in chronic pain. I still experience bad leg pain, and other pain, but before I had pain in my entire body and even in my cheekbones. Drugs affect people differently. I don’t feel that lyrica is a bad drug.

OMG!!! I was on Lyrica 50-75mg that the dr. wanted me to take three times a day. I gained 15 pounds in one month’s time. Now, I have belly pain in addition to chronic pain. I hope 6 month’s will not damage my heart and lungs. I stopped it cold turkey and the withdrawal is aweful!!!

I am a 41 year old male. When I was 24, I was jumped by five individuals with a bat. It shattered my tmj. Since then, I suffer from chronic facial nerve damage and depression. Literally, I have tried everything under the sun. It seems the only drug to reduce the pain is Percocet which I have never abused. Knowing what legislation is trying to do from the irresponsible people abusing it, I gave in about a year ago and started to take Lyrica and Cymbalta for the pain and depression. I went from 182 to 210 lbs in a year.

Recently, I decided to do some research as my doctor increased my Lyrica from 50 to 75 to 150mg and my Cymbalta to 60mg both twice a day. Back in 2015, I turned down Cymbalta. Now, I know why lol. I decided to do some research and found some negative literature on both. I tried to quit cold turkey, and I am having cold chills at night; crazy dreams; dizziness; very depressed; trouble concentrating; and low work productivity. It has helped with the pain, but there is no way I can take these meds forever. I’d rather take a pain pill in the morning, and man up. I tried to suck it up, but this is bad. Also, I don’t think it even helps the depression. I just want to get off this stuff and return to normal. Please help…

4 years ago my GP put me on Lyrica 75mg/nightly because the nerve pain in my feet was keeping me awake at nights. For a few months it seemed to be working. However, the nerve pain came back again and the GP increased it to 150mg/nightly. This should be a red flag to indicate that this drug was addictive. Also, I was never told about the side effects of the drug. I was experiencing weight gain for no reason, dizziness and loss of balance, itches all over my body and incontinence day or night. As I am in my seventies, I took the problems as the blessings! of old age.

2 years ago I suffered from a persistent cough that would not go away. A chest X-Ray showed water in my lungs, that also caused an infection and my heart had grown trying desperately to pump out the excess fluid. My GP said that I had fluid retention problem, which should have been told me as another serious side effect of Lyrica. I was put on Lasix, to get rid of the fluid in my system, as well as antibiotics to kill the infection.

Anyway, finally about 2 weeks ago I was going overseas and I had terrible swelling on my feet. I went to my GP and he told me that this was fluid retention, again. As I would be flying for 14 hours, I was extremely worried. A frantic research by myself spotted the culprit for the various problems I was having for 4 years. In my fury, I put all the Lyrica tablets in the bin and decided to confront my doctor on my return to Australia.

Needles to say, I suffered from withdrawal symptoms that ensued, by going cold turkey. But everything is already getting better, as well as the nerve pain, without Lyrica.

Stay away from this addictive drug that can cause damage to your heart and lungs.

My doctor put me on Pregabalin 150mg twice a day. I was in a fog so I just stopped taking the Pregabalin cold turkey. I did however replacing it with Gapapentin. The rule of thumb is 6× the dose. I took 300mg of Lyrics a day. I replaced it with.1800 mg of Gapapentin per day. 900 in a:m and 900 at bedtime. It has been one week today and I am doing okay. I did and sometimes still get anxiety attacks but they have been tolerable. I would of had a hard time without the Gabapentin. My pain is worse but that’s just what I have to deal with. Good luck.

Don’t start lyrica! It’s the most addictive substance on the planet. john

My pain management doc put me on Lyrica, 100mg x 2, for chronic migraines. Or because he had a “thing” with his drug rep and over-prescribed it. Anyway, while I’m not sure it helped with the headaches, since I also have regular old migraine meds, it did get me unexpectedly high sometimes. It seems like certain foods interact with it, and suddenly you’re drunk. Slurred speech, delayed motor skills (forget about typing), feeling of extreme well being. Honestly, any medication that does that needs to be viewed with suspicion.

After ten years I dropped to 50mg x 2 and was no longer getting buzzed with it. Then last week my ‘scrip ran out, and I decided to leave it that way. So far some nausea, mild headache, a little unexplained anxiousness. Not intolerable.

I would say that if your choice is between Lyrica and chronic, debilitating pain, take the Lyrica but the lowest possible dose. I think if you’re feeling “high” there’s more of it in your system than is needed to calm the nerve pain. If you’ve been prescribed it off-label for another reason, I’d bite the bullet and come off of it entirely. After some short term discomfort you’ll gain your old personality and energy level back, and lose some weight. Win/win!

While Lyrica can lead to dependency, it’s certainly not, “the most addictive substance on the planet.” I mean, I’m not arguing with you, perhaps it’s been your experience. From my perspective, Lyrica helps with nerve pain, but it’s a double edge sword, in that it contributes to steady weight gain, and an overall decline in physical wellness. I think we both can agree that if it’s worth considering other medicinal treatments, and avoiding this particular drug! I hope you are all on the mend!

I second that emotion. I have only been taking Lyrica a number of days. I absolutely couldn’t function taking this drug, it was like I was drunk and a mean drunk, so my dr and I thought I should stop taking it. I thought it would be no big deal since I’ve only taken it for just a few days. But OMG… The withdrawal symptoms have been brutal. Already. I had to call in sick to work yesterday and I was forced to take the Lyrica because of my body’s reaction to the withdrawal. Today I’ve laid in bed all morning, day and night, had to call in sick to work today, too. I already have someone working for me tomorrow.
If you don’t have to take this drug don’t do it. Run don’t walk. I wish this on no one.

Been on Lyrica for 3 years. Stopped about 2 weeks ago. No major issues for me personally but beware! I stopped taking Effexor for nerve pain at the same time! (instructed by my Doctor, of course). Do NOT stop taking Effexor abruptly! Even with a doctor,s okay. Thought I was gonna die, literally. It was like having the worse stomach virus of my life but without a fever (and I have never had a tummy bug last 2 weeks!). My Effexor had been replaced by Cymbalta, so I had thought that the Cymbalta was making me so ill. The Doc had me stop the Cymbalta but I was still very sick.

That is when I did a little research and talked to a pharmacist. Voila! Found my answer! It wasn’t the Cymbalta, it was withdrawals from Effexor exasperated by the Lyrica discontinuation. I told this story to inform others. Don’t blame one medication for feeling like death warmed over. Sometimes it is a combination of circumstances you may not have even thought of. Also, remember that your pharmacist knows WAY more about your meds than your doctor does! Ask questions! A good pharmacist can save you from a ton of unnecessary suffering.

When I told him what was happening to me, he knew exactly what the culprit was because he had heard it all before. The Lyrica had a little to with my woes but the Effexor withdrawals was what was kicking my ass, literally. If I had known then what I know now, I NEVER would have agreed to take Effexor.

Please, stay away! In my personal opinion (along with some research and a very enlightening conversation with my pharmacist) Lyrica is way easier to “break up” with than Effexor. Stay safe and stay well my friends! (and do your research!) Remember, your pharmacist is your friend :) Sounds like a Sesame Street message, eh?

I was started on this medication many years ago for fibrous and it was like a miracle. Then I lost my job and insurance and medication and I became so ill that I couldn’t function. All I knew was that I wanted to feel better (like a human) and this medication helped and I wanted it back. My provider got me samples while I applied for assistance. Things were well for a bit but then with a change of provider was gone and so was the excellent care. Phone always went to voicemail and it took at LEAST a week a week to get a call back and that would delay a prescription being called in and I would be so sick I couldn’t do anything. I asked the doctor why I was so sick and she said my illness just required I needed it.
This summer I became extremely ill with three severe infections me after another and could not eat or drink for weeks and weeks and lived on ice. One piece of ice after the other hour after hour for weeks. I totally went off all medication of course and once again felt that sickness that added to the strep, scarlet fever, kidney infections and blood sepsis made me fell that I just wanted to die and soon. I could barely move often passed out from it. FINALLY I realized that the medication I was trying to hard to get well enough to take again was making me even more ill. I am finally getting better after three months and now take some meds again but I have decided to never go back to Lyrica. It might have been easier to get through this with professional help but it didn’t have the strength to go get it.

It’s the drug and the person’s chemistry. This is a horrible drug. Never ever take this pill. I am living in a bad place, trying to get free of this evil drug. Opioids are nowhere nearly as bad as these.

God, I’m so sorry for you. I was forced to stop Lyrica a couple of years ago and I thought I was going to die. Apparently, so did my mother, she paid $200 to buy one month supply. I’m currently facing the same situation due to loss of insurance. I’m terrified.

Really inspired by these comments, thanks to all. I’ve been on Lyrica 100 for nearly 10 years to help with HIV-related nerve issues. Worked fairly well at first, and I guess with other meds I take I didn’t give it much thought. But over the past number of years I started having regular nighttime bedwetting and other odd side-effects. As a male who has a family history of prostate issues, my urologist, neurologist and GP all ascribed my symptoms to that. Well how wrong that diagnosis was.

After having some trouble losing weight during a cleanse, I started looking more carefully at the drugs I was taking. Lyrica popped out as a potential for water retention and weight gain. Sure enough, when I reduced the dosage the weight started to come off again. more importantly, the nighttime urges and bedwetting *all but stopped*. I would caution anyone considering this drug to be a) very careful going on it and b) VERY careful getting off of it, too. I’ve reduced down to 50, and omitted it the past few days—but have had some very weird twitching and trouble sleeping at night.

I’m loathe to EVER take it again knowing what I know now, but given the length of time I think I should make my exit longer. I’m looking forward to being FREE of this drug for good. one final thought: I’m not a doctor, just a layperson will opinions. I don’t think *anyone* should be prescribed this drug for depression, no matter how acute. this drug, in the longer term, will create dependency and MANY other issues down the road that I don’t believe prescribers think about. that’s just my two cents. thanks again and love to all.

I agree!! Stay away from lyrica, it is pure hell to take or quit. I tapered for over a year. i have spine pain.last time i had a cortisone shot to my back I finally ditched the last 50 mg of Lyrica. The timing was crucial because cutting back made my pain come back like a freight train when I quit).

Horrible drug, heroin is a better choice and easier to quit. That is how bad lyrica.

I love this “taper for a week” suggestion. That is what my doc said. that is how much they know about the drugs they prescribe. good luck… john

I have been on Lyrica for six years. The shingle virus inflamed my T10 vertebra. The inflammation strangulated the blood flow to the motor and sensory nerve resulting in my right leg being paralyzed from my hip all the way down to my foot. I could not move, bend, or feel any part of my hip or leg. After medication and rehabilitation it still left me with a partial paralyzed leg. That is when the nerve pain started and became intense.

My doctor prescribed 100mg of Lyrica twice a day. It helped at first but then they had to up my Lyrica to 200mg three times a day plus they added 60mg of Cymbalta and I felt like a million bucks.

Because Lyrica is so expensive I could not afford it out of pocket. The company who makes Lyrica, Pfizer, has a patient assistant program and I was able to get it for free. This worked out great for me until they claimed the refill prescription was not sent in correctly by my doctor.

This caused a three week delay in getting my Lyrica. I became so sick just as others have described. I had insomnia, nausea, severe itching, diarrhea headaches, restless leg, cramping, and severe sweating. I have been so miserable for about a week now. I just got my Lyrica and have began taking it again and cannot wait for it to get back into my system. I had no clue that it was this addictive. If I did not need it for nerve damage I would come off of it. If for some reason the doctor takes me off of it, I think they will have to euthanize me because the way I have felt without the Lyrica I know I do not want to go threw this again.

I have been on Lyrica for 8+ years for fibromyalgia. As with most pain meds, the effectiveness diminished over time. One time I ran out of Lyrica. I thought it would be no big deal. I had no idea that I would go through withdrawal. Of course this happened on a Friday. As the hours ticked away, I became sicker and sicker. I thought I was going to die before it was all over. Then I reached a point where I would have to die to feel better. This was an eye opening experience. I had no idea about the physical addiction and neither did my doctor.

About a month ago I decided to take myself off of Lyrics. I cut my daily dose in half with no side effects. Then a week ago I came completely off of Lyrics. One week hence I am suffering from profuse sweating and intense itching. I will get through this because of the Lord, of that I am certain. Only because of Him have I gotten this far.

I was wondering if anyone else has experienced these symptoms. If so, please advise how you dealt with it. Thank you…

I was very upset after that ordeal. I decided that I wanted to come off of Lyrica so I discussed this with my doctor. My doctor’s response was that I could be placed in another drug to help me withdraw. WHAT!?!

I came off Lyrica cold turkey 3 weeks ago, and the itch is just driving me crazy . I live on my own and was taking 100 mgs every day for 4 years to help with back and neck pain. Is there any solution that you know of? I have started using an antihistamine and some cream.

Was prescribed Lyrica because of back nerve pain, 50 mg twice a day. First week my pain was much better and I was able to do what I needed to do. Second week I stared to getting confused, forgetful, no energy, sleepy (but couldn’t sleep) and my equilibrium was terrible. Kept taking for four weeks and some of the symptoms were not so bad. Fifth week symptoms were back, but it was hard to wake up, difficult to walk or stand and short term memory loss. My doctor suggested to take it once a day late afternoon. That helped some and I was able to do some things. After coming back from California, had problems sleeping and back to the fog, memory and balance one or two days a week. Contacted doctor again and was told to start cutting back every other day, after few days I’ve started being nauseous, foggy, shaky and balance is off with back pain slowly coming back.

Hi, I was on this site back in August to tell people about my progress in weaning myself off Pregabalin.

I was on the maximum doze of 600 mg per day and gradually came down my 25 mg every month.
At the beginning of this week I stopped taking it altogether. It is hard, I had so many side effects each time I lowered the doze…..headaches, no sleep, increased fibro and joint pain, internal tremors but I have to remind myself that I feel human again. I no longer feel like a zombie who sleeps all the time. I no longer am slow to speak and who forgets basic vocabulary. I am more proactive and my sense of humour has come back.

At the moment I now only take paracetamol and codeine for pain but the side effects of this dreadful drug are supsiding. I have also lost a stone in weight and have a good appetite again.
It can be done. Stick in there fellow sufferers. You can do it and when you come down, do it slowly, with advice from GP, and on the days you feel awful remember it is not you, it is the drug and that feeling will pass as you clear it out of your system.
Good luck everyone.

Hi, have been reading reading loads of comments re: Lyrica reduction (can’t think of correct word) over multiple sites. Have only been reducing for a week. Am a 66 y.o. female. Started on the drug 18 months ago for severe leg nerve pain due to multiple spinal condition. Thought it the best thing since sliced bread, very little pain etc. .I was over the moon. Had successful Spinal surgery 12 months ago, I think, with loads of hardware inserted. I have all the side effects of Lyrica:foggy head, weight gain, etc,etc. Decided to reduce the dosage after a very embarrassing moment in a news stand a few weeks ago: couldn’t remember the word (crossword book) to ask for. Walked around all aisles trying to remember, with no luck. Feeling very agitated, I finally asked a lady who was well in her 80’s in a round-about-way what I was after, was so embarrassed & self conscious. Slid out of there quickly..

Started with 25mg reduction in a.m. last week. Didn’t think I had a problem till I had increase of pain in R hip, old sporting injury resulting in hip bursar has become so debilitating. At first I thought it was the wearing off of steroid injection but I’m starting to think it might well be due to the reduced Lyrica. Can’t find that anybody who has had increased pain levels due to this. Can’t talk to Dr, as he’d be mortified with what I’m trying to do. Can anyone tell me how they would reduce so as not to go through to much in the way of pain. Am so over that monster. Thanks in advance for any positive thoughts. ?

I am reading a lot of people having severe confusion while taking this drug. Let this sink in…Lyrica is prescribed “off label” for pain…and just in the last 3 years even got an official patent for use in managing nerve pain. It’s primary purpuse and original creation was to treat seizures. That was its original patent and design when the drug was created. Have you guys ever met someone who has a seizure disorder who is being medically treated for it? I have, I work with a guy who gets seizures and is on a cocktail of meds including Lyrica to treat it.

Something you will notice if you ever meet someone who actually confides in you that they’re being treated for their seizures with this medication is that they walk around like a freaking zombie. The medication slows their memory and mental cognition down to such an extent that usually they talk in a monotone voice and speak at a very slow rate, this is all due to being doped up on these medications.

The poor gentleman that I mentioned at the beginning that I work with was going to College to become a teacher before being put on these meds in on a high dose of Lyrica, the side effects of this these drugs and especially the side effects of Lyrica have affected him so badly that he had to drop out of college because he couldn’t cognitively keep up with the most minimal demands of the community college. This drug was designed to treat seizures folks! Not pain! We’re literally taking a drug meant to treat grand mal seizures!

It’s no wonder we are experiencing such horrific withdrawals and side effects…seizure meds are some of the harshest meds a person can be put on… In the same category of severity as bipolar medication such as lithium.

I was prescribed 2 years ago Lyrica for anxiety. I initially took 150mg morning & night . The results were instant . I slept well fell so relaxed and the anxious stomach churning disappeared . Then the weight gain started … unsteady walking and just awful memory loss . Couldn’t even remember my best friends name . I gained 14 lbs in weight which has stayed on . I decided to reduce the dose and cut out the morning dose which gave me a terrible headache and I felt very depressed. I stuck with it . I then dropped again to 75mg at night only – I have done this for about a year.

I have been unable to shift the weight . I would like to reduce again so Dr advised alternate days of 50mg & 75mg . This has been much harder I don’t know why . I felt so awful I have just upped the dose to 100mg at night and am having sweats really bad anxiety and feel very depressed . I just want to get off this drug . I was promised by the psychiatrist it was non addictive and had few side effects . Has anyone else managed to get off completely when lyrica is prescribed for anxiety ?

I was in ‘all-over’ pain. Began lyrica 5-25-17, and pain was gone with the first 150mg. Pill! Quit cold turkey (not wise) around 7-15-17 because of dizziness and am STILL going thru withdrawal, and today is 7-28-17. I’ll never take this again because I have multiple symptoms. The mystery is that my pain has not returned. Is the lyrica still working or did the lyrica put a stop to my pain for good? Anyone? Blessings! Linda

I have fibro and after various medicines that didn’t kill the pain, I was prescribed Pregabalin (lyrics). At first it made me feel quite relaxed, and I slept so much better but as I upped the dose to the maximum of 600mg per day, I started to feel sleepy all day too. I couldn’t think straight, used to be good at quizzes but found I had no recall. I had floating, out-of-body experiences where I just wasn’t me. I also put on weight and got swollen ankles. This coincided with beginning the menopause, and I put these symptoms down to that.

I remained on the maximum dose for about 18 months. Then I was away on holiday for a month and ran out of the drug on my return. I missed two days while waiting to get a prescription. I felt actually ill during this time. I got a blinding headache which wouldn’t go with paracetamol or codeine. I had the shakes and flashes of burning up, then feeling cold. I had permanent butterflies as though something awful was about to happen and also had bouts of diaharrea. I thought that these symptoms were too strong to be side effects of menopause so I googled side effects of coming off the drug. Other people’s accounts were similar to those I was experiencing if you stopped the drug suddenly.

I then got my prescription and decided by myself not to go back up to the max and to try and wean myself off it. So I took 100mg in the morning and another 100mg in the evening. Immediately after I had taken my first tablet, I felt calm and the headaches etc went. I then realised I was addicted to the drug, that my body was craving its fix. It is a horrendous drug.

I went back to my doctor to discuss this, and she recommended that I come down very slowly by 25mg a month.
I am now on 50 mg a day. It is hard but I am very proud of myself . The first couple of days I come down, I was weepy, depressed, a bit sickly and totally lacked energy. I also noticed that my fibro symptoms are back with vengeance. However, I would rather deal with the pain than the dependency. I can now see the light at the end of the tunnel, so it can be done. You have just got to keep reminding yourself that the days when you have come down lower may be difficult but it is not you, it is the drug that is acting on your brain. Good luck, people.

Hello. I have been on Lyrica, 75 mgs daily for 4 weeks for restless legs. I just finished a sleep study and have severe apnoea and now use a CPAP machine. At first it was all good but now I am back to the hourly waking and have quite a few of the side effects including weight gain, am very dopey, and have fluid retention. I would like to know other peoples’ experience in using it for restless legs. I feel that I do not want to take this medication any longer, and I certainly don’t want to increase it. Any comments would be helpful.

I’ve been on 150/mg x 2/day of Lyrica for almost a decade due to an spinal cord injury and unfortunately my refills ran out just prior to the July 4th holiday. My SCI doctor and Walgreens can’t connect for some reason so the Rx hasn’t been re-upped. I took my last dose 30 hrs ago and I’m feeling like poop. Headache, shortness of breath, chest tight, anxiety, hot flashes, sluggishness, irritableness – my wife joked that I must be having PMS. Well life just sucks a bit right now.

I am in the process of withdrawing from Pregabalin and feeling awful. I was given it for anxiety, which made me feel worse. I suffer from depression and anxiety, take Paroxetine for the depression, and it had worked for me for 20 plus years. I have the terrible shakes with anxiety, and they have increased since I reduced the dose and now have tremors throughout my whole body. I increased the Pregabalin to 100 twice a day, felt so sleepy, off balance, nauseous, so cut down to 75 and now down to 50. Psychiatrist told me to stop them slowly over a WEEK but reading here I am really AFRAID it will be longer.MY AHEAD IS BUZZING, FEEL LIGHTHEADED SICK DIARRHEA.

I have been on lyrica for eight years due to FM and ankloysing spondulitis the drug wasn’t giving me much relief from my symptoms, at this moment I’m coming of the drug 300mg twice daily reducing every three days by 50mg. I haven’t experienced any withdrawals symptoms maybe I’ve been lucky reading comments. I’m going to be starting Gabapentin next week has anyone used this drug I would like comments please.

Hello Dave I’m on 75 mg 3 times a day for nerve pain it really helps but I’ve forgotten to take my morning dose waw I’ve never been so nervous half way round Tesco not good got straight in and took it still feels funny not sure what to do

had to stop using gabapentin at first noticed eyesight was getting blurry then after 6months of use developed cataracts in both eyes had to stop driving until had the cataracts removed and stopped taking the med, looked through all the studies and found cataracts and eye problems were found in some of the studies

I used gabapentin before the lyrica, was effective at first but the dose just kept going up and did not work anymore. Gained almost 20 pounds using it..

I am so grateful to this site and thank everyone for all their brave and inspiring comments. What a relief to realize I am not over dramatizing my withdrawal symptoms!

I have been assured many times that being on a low dose, up to 100mg per day, that I won’t have any problems tapering. My doctor is concerned, not with any possible withdrawal effects, rather that I am not looking after myself properly. I assure her I do, being very careful with diet and getting enough rest. It is so helpful to know I am not alone. It is such a battle with pain which is now getting worse with time after having fought to taper down to 25mg.

On 100mg I was off balance all day, speaking as if through a fog, getting right and left mixed up. At least that has stopped although at precisely the same time (after 12 hours of taking 25mg) I feel echoes of all that for about 2 hours…then the pain hits. I have been on Lyrica for three years so can expect a similar amount of time to be completely free from its clutches. That will be a wonderful moment!

Thank you everyone, your honest feedback is precious.
Love and Peace to you amazing survivors!

I am on Lyrica and Gabapentin. I want to wean off of Lyrica, I get so depressed and my body still hurts. I have a lot of things going on in my life, I dont want to feel this way. I still have pain when I was just taking the Gabapentin, but I cannot deal with this depression. Every body is different, I take 600 mg 4 times a day. I will continue with the Gabapentin. It is a good medication.

I would like to preface my story by saying that I understand lyrica might not cause everyone taking it to have terrible side effects or horrible withdrawal symptoms. That said, this was not my case. The reason I am writing this is to give support to those who want to quit. It is possible.

There is a brighter day. When I decided to stop taking this nasty drug, I got online and read posts from those going before and it scared me to death. There seemed to be no encouragement or hope of being successful. But dear ones, there is hope. I was put on lyrica for fibromyalgia. At first it helped but as the years went by it wasn’t working so well. Plus there was weight gain, short term memory loss, walking problems, shortness of breath, etc,etc, etc.

So two weeks ago I just stopped. Wasn’t my most stellar decision but my MO is to grit my teeth and plow through it. After being afraid I was going to die and then being afraid I wasn’t I have walked through hell with only a few more miles to go. Nausea, diarrhea, sweating, fatigue, etc. it’s been horrible.

I am not recommending to anyone how they get off of it just that it can be done and I already can tell a difference. My memory is better and I can walk across the room without holding onto something. Don’t dispair. You can do it. I’m not completely over it yet but on the way.

Hi, I am from the UK and have been on pregabalin for two years for spinal stenosis, have put on 20lbs inweight and feel like i have had a stroke i have heartfailure i came off the drug 3weeks ago and wondered if the sickness , and the awful dizzinus and stiffness in my legs will ever stop.

I was taking 200mg per day, which I reduced to 100gm myself over a year ago, I then reduced the dose to 50 mg at night and now stopped i feel a liltle better the headaches have ceased, my sleep is still disturbed but at age 84 am used to not sleeping so well.

I have asked the doctor what I should do before I began reducing the dose but he thought i was doing quite well by myself. hopes this helps it is long road but I am hoping I will soon be well.

I’ve just stopped 2×150 mg lyrics due to weight gain of a stone in 6 weeks and my spinal consultant insisting weight loss is my main aim (I am just over weight) after surgery- the dichotomy is extreme pain, v recovery. I am also on 4 x 300mg tramadol, 4 x 60mg co-codemol and 40 mg of amitriptyline.. yes a lot of crap to avoid pain.

6 weeks post op I just stopped amitriptyline and lyrica– wow it has been hell: nausea, sickness (had to also stop tramadol and cocodamol due to cramps all down my static nerve and, pains in all my joints).

BUT today, day 5, at last I can eat and drink again. I woke up more tolerant to heat, good as it’s been the hottest weekend this year ha ha! I am now finally sat in the sun and feel much better with the withdrawal symptoms reducing. I am still on tramadol, and cocodamol, but feeling a million times better.

It has been hard, no sleep and lots more pain than I expected, but I have had to get these out of my system.

I know my GP will be livid, but I was a zombie, and virtually fasting and put a stone on!!!

Be strong, be prepared and don’t go back.

I have been taking lyrica for over four years now for trigeminal neuralgia at 75mg a day. Recently I had a flare up and was advised by my doctor to increase my dose first It doubled it then went all the way up to 450 mg a day. Did that for less than a week due to blurred vision and dizziness. Every time I have tried to reduce my dose I have been plagued by severe headaches. I already had restless legs before the lyrica, but, when I reduce the restlessness is unbearable and the foot cramps are killer. My insurance no longer covers lyrica and now I am tapering off. Down to 150 mg for the last few weeks and about to switch to 100 for a few weeks. So scared that my headaches will come back and the searing pain. restlessness is still extreme an I have had to up my dose of ropinerole to counter it. So am I treating my neuralgia? or am I treating my Lyrica? this has me very confused. I am looking into getting the nerve deadened, but, is the nerve the issue? I don’t know anymore thank you for all of you comments, this has been a real eye opener and I don’t like what I see…and the blurred vision doesn’t make it any better.

I too have been on Lyrica for 3 years now. Seems to help with Fibromyalga, however the side effects are awful. Excessive weight gain, dizziness, restless legs, depression and anxiety. FATIGUE! ALL the time. Please everyone, don’t blindly believe Docters. Remember, we, the sick ones are their bread and butter.

I took Lyrica for 2 years and it really helped my fybromyalgia. However, I could not afford to keep taking it, so my doctor switched me from Lyrica to Cymbalta. He had me stop Lyrica cold turkey in exchange for first dose of Cymbalta. For the next 5 days, I was nauseous, and then began uncontrollable vomiting. At first emergency room visit, they treated me as if I was withdrawing from my pain meds, Oxycodone, gave me oral antibiotics and sent me home. I could not keep the antibiotic down, and continued to vomit constantly with nothing on my stomach. I returned to E.R. on day 5 of vomiting and this time brought my pain meds with me so that they could count them and see that I wasn’t overtaking that med nor was I having withdrawal from it. They treated me with ulcer meds, ran antibiotic I.V. for 3 days, and vomiting finally stopped. I went to doctor that directed me to stop Lyrica and start Cymbalta, and he tells me that what happened to me was SSRI Syndrome and had nothing to do with stopping Lyrica. He was very defensive and became unfriendly when I questioned his judgment in stopping Lyrica. I have history of Lyme and fibromyalgea, along with deteriorating spinal condition. I will not try any other pain management supplement after this experience, and am seeking new GP. I read up on SSRI symdrome and it can be lethal. I feel sad that my own research is better than visiting a doctor.

I was on 50mg 3x a day for pain associated with 3rd degree burn on my leg. When I was still feeling pain, doc upped the dose to 75mg 3x a day. I started experiencing confusion, severe short-term memory loss, losing things (lost my wallet and cell many times), being in the middle of sentence and forgot what I was talking about, not being able to grasp a word and having to describe it (for instance, the words “side-effect”, I stopped mid-conversation and said, “you know, what happens to you when you take a medication”.)

I decided to wean myself off. I was only on it for about a month, so I’m gradually reducing the dose. I think they prescribe Lyrica because it’s being pushed by the drug company. My doc didn’t even have to write a scrip because she had so may free samples from the salesman, and a coupon for free. I didn’t get much pain relief, and the side-effects were too much for me, so that’s why I’m quitting. No noticeable withdrawal symptoms, but I haven’t been on it too long.

I’ve been on Lyrica for over 10 years, and my memory state had also gotten terrible- forgetting what you are talking about WHILE you are saying it is a very strange feeling.

I’ve been off it for a few weeks now but I’m sleeping a lot as my body feels constantly exhausted. Trying to weigh up the pros and cons of taking it at this point..

Lyrica withdrawal is horrible and I wish I was never put on it. I have fibromyalgia and have been on it for years. I did stop it for a year a couple of years ago and I wish that I never started it again. I can’t sleep, hot flashes, panic attacks, depression, diarrhea and anxiety. I’m getting off of it for good. Lyrica is evil.

I am on day 5 of coming off of opioids and my Dr. Was going to prescribe we Lyrica starting this week and thanks to reading these post, I will not take it. I was trying to find a rx that didn’t cause as bad of withdrawals as pain meds when you don’t take it but obviously Lyrica isn’t it. I can’t imagine worse than these past 5 days.

The smartest thing you will ever do is what you have done. Stay away from lyrica. Run for your life.

I just recently experienced withdrawal symptoms from Lyrica. I didn’t have a clue what was happening to me. Ran out of the medication on Fri – wasn’t able to get Dr to issue a refill rx until that Tues – by this time I was so sick, nausea, body pain, foot pain, lack of focus, weakness, burning sensations in my skin. I didn’t know what was happening. Once I took the first capsule within 3-4 hours I could feel my body responding…..
at this point I lay there realizing I had experienced a withdrawal. I’m taking 200mg 3x a day. So now my concern is my body still sick, is the Lyrica just masking it (diabetic neuropathy/fibromyalgia

My insurance just changed and I can no longer afford 225mg twice a day and trying to come off slowly. My skin is burning and crawling. I mean literally I can can’t sit still. I have fibromaylgia as well as a spinal corn injury. This keeps me off of heavy pain meds. I have come off of those so much easier than this stuff. I feel like I’m going to die.

Iam been on 100 mg for one month, it seemed to help my neurapathy in feet, due to chemo over exposure. I started to move around more, because I felt better. When that happened, about 2 weeks I got worse, so doc up it to 3 times a day.Not helping.. trying to come off now, it’s been hell.

I was on Lyrica for 3 years for neuropathy from nerve impingement. The dose kept going up and up till I was taking 100mg in the AM and 225 mg every PM. My brain turned to mush and I had serious weight gain. Twice I tried to stop cold turkey and fell in a heap. Then I found info about getting off it slowly.

It took over 4 months to taper down to zero. Then the fun began. The withdrawals were worse than anything, even worse than opiate type meds. Unbelievable, and the Drs think there is no withdrawal, but there is and it ain’t pretty.

Do be warned do your homework. Research everything you are prescribed. That’s what I do now and if it sounds too risky, I don’t take it . It is my body and my brain that’s at stake here. Good luck.

Hi Gwynnie. Just read your comments about lyrica. I am presently on 900 mg per day for my nerve impingement and due to the side effects, want to wean off. As you know, it is the rock and the hard place situation. If you have managed to wean yourself off the lyrica, what are you doing to manage the nerve pain now? Thanks.

I was on a low dose of Lyrica 100mg twice a day for misdiagnosed dental pain. I could not drive or walk straight. I was confused, out of it, and had 8 kidney infections in 13 months. I was taken off of it in one week and put on Trilepal for 2 months. I had a horrible and long withdrawal: nausea, fatigue, and headaches. Had pain, lost weight (30lbs in one month), and had burning skin. Experienced vomiting, shortness breath, dry and blurry eyes. I also had extreme dry throat, heightened hearing, and over-the top anxiety. I went back to work still sick after 4 months. The fatigue, burning skin, dry eyes, and dry mouth went on for another 9 months. I was miserable. I spent $4,000 out of pocket for medical bills.

I finally saw a neurosurgeon who said it would take as long as I had been on Lyrica (13 months )
for my nerve endings to return to normal. I also saw that same time span mentioned by two internet. This past July, 2015 the horrible burning skin, dryness in eyes, and dry mouth finally went away after 13 months of withdrawal.

How many people can afford to be out if work so long? How many people can handle the withdrawal – being out of work, losing job, losing home, and losing family? We should be warned about these anti-seizure drugs by our doctors before we ever take them. There is no way you can work during the first months of withdrawal.

so at the end how did you finally get off it> what did you taper down to?

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