So I am now looking into the fact (or myth) that Lyrica causes people to gain a significant amount of weight. Since taking it myself I have noticed a increase in my weight which I don't need. I lost about 50 pounds two years ago and have managed to keep it off until this Lyrica came along. Bummer huh? I just added Cymbalta to help with my neuropathy pain and the depression I am experiencing along with it. Only on day two of the Cymbalta so I don't have anything to say about that as of yet. Just curious what your Lyrica story is.... I am taking 100mg in the AM and 100mg at dinner.

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Comment by Lois on April 20, 2009 at 5:21pm
YES, YES, YES!! Gained over 50 pounds in a little over a year. Terrible pain in my hands due to swelling. Of course, I was on a goodly size dose and have since cut down to only 50 mg in a.m. and 50 in p.m. My suggestion ... watch very carefully and don't let them put you on more and more.

Lois La Rose
Milwaukee, WI
Comment by Marie Torregrosa on April 21, 2009 at 5:26pm
I am not on Lyrica, but am on Neurontin...I have gained 40lbs since I began using it and shooting 4x per day. Can't loose it and it is frustrating.
Comment by Katrina on April 21, 2009 at 6:51pm
Good Lord! I just started taking Lyrica today and now I'm worried about the weight gain. But, the pain in my left foot was so bad, I'd wake up in tears every night. I'll see how it goes - I may have to shed a few tears if I gain too much weight! Shallow I know - maybe I really don't mean it. :) The does he started me on is 50 mg, but he said it was not medicine I'd have to take forever - did your doctors tell you that? Oh, my podiatrist is the one who prescribed it.
Comment by Autumn Rose on April 22, 2009 at 7:51am
My meds were prescribed to me by my general physician. I would like to go see a specialist but am not insured and can't afford it at the time. Since starting the Cymbalta a week ago I have tried to lower my dose of Lyrica but I just can't do it. I am still taking 100mg twice daily. I actually need to go back to the dr. today to get more samples of the Lyrica since I am nearly out of them. Not sure exactly how much weight I have gained so far but if I had to guess I would say about 5-7 pounds just in the last 6 weeks or so. Not to mention the edema I am also having. My feet are swelling just enough to make my shoes uncomfortable. And with neuropathy in my feet, that is not a happy trade off. I'm not ready to get off the Lyrica unless someone can suggest an equal trade for less side effects!
Comment by Sandee on April 22, 2009 at 8:55pm
I am on Cymbalta and I gained 30 lbs. I won't take Lyrica because of the side affects. Like weight gain. My mom was on it. And it really messed her up! Every one I have talked to that has been on Lyrica has gained at least 40 lb.s. I have gained a total of 80 in 15 years from meds. So I am careful! I have enough inflamation/water weight that causes more pain to the nerves. So I just stay away from newe meds. I take some homeopathic onesw that tend to help for the pain.
Comment by Marie Torregrosa on April 23, 2009 at 6:43pm
An option would be neurontin, but it also has contraindications. I have also tried nortripilin--an antidepressant. Works really well, but causes weight gain too. There are no easy answers...I am not willing to take the pain since I have it peripherally and on my rib cage. The latter is really debilitating and the cocktail of neurontin and motrin (800mg) helps for at least three hours.

My heart goes out to all of you and thank you for sharing. Most people don't understand the intensity of the pain.

I have a question, how has this condition (neuropathy) changed your life and work condition?

Marie
Comment by Autumn Rose on April 27, 2009 at 10:50am
Great question Marie! I feel like I HAVE to take the meds for my pain as well. I can not function with out the medication due to the pain. I am currently a full time student and am graduating from college in two weeks. That being said, I am looking for full time work. I MUST find a desk job. There is no way on this earth that I can hold a job that would require me to stand for any extended period of time. My field of study is Social Work so I can probably find this type of job pretty easily. I did have to get my doctor to give me a prescription for a handicapped tag for my car. I was having a hard time walking across the huge campus parking lot and then from class to class so this has helped me no have to walk so far when I park.
Well, I hope that answered your question Marie, thanks again for your comments.
Comment by Marie Torregrosa on May 6, 2009 at 3:43pm
Autumn,

I am in the same boat. I was finishing my graduate work in the evening and as you know, that is the worst time for us. But, I did it! I am on a modified schedule at work where I work 6 hours at the office (sitting down does not work) and 2 hours from home. The arrangement was made because of the ADA requirements of providing reasonable accommodations. I do have a disability placard for the car.

Funny, I feel like a drug addict because I panic if I don't have the meds...I understand I am not, but I cannot let 3 hours lapse because the pain starts. Once that happens, it is hard to get rid of it.

Feel free to send me messages anytime. It is good to share the experience with someone else. There is a Neuropathy Association, but I have been to the meetings and the people there are a lot older 70, 80s...I could not relate even though I had the same condition. Theirs came with age while ours came a lot earlier. I think that we should create our own... I don't want to sound ageist (against the elderly) since I am 50yrs old, but I wasn't ready to see myself there when I was 41.

Take care,

Marie
Comment by Autumn Rose on May 7, 2009 at 7:24am
I am not ready to give up on my meds yet. As a matter of fact, I ran out of Lyrica again yesterday and need to go get more!!! I get samples from my dr. so they don't last me very long before I have to go back and get more.
The supplement I am on I think helps me through the days that I miss out on my Lyrica so I am no freaking out without it. One thing that I have not done yet is to go see an endo. I hear a lot of you talking about it and it sounds like a good thing but I haven't done that yet. There is also a place close to my house called Diabetes America. Anyone ever been to a place like that? Wonder what they do there. Just remember that I don't have insurance so this is all out of my own pocket for the time being...
On another note...I graduate from college tomorrow so ya'll wish me luck!
Comment by Marie Torregrosa on May 10, 2009 at 8:20pm
Congratulations!!!!! Now you need to find a job with insurance. It is a must for us. In terms of Diabetes America I don't know. I have been a board member of the American Diabetes Association's Latino Task Force and know about the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation...these associations are legitimate. I don't know if they will provide medication, but they may have resources for those individuals who don't have insurance.

Good luck for everything in your life and congratulations on your accomplishment.

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