16 patient evaluations for Pregabalin taken for the purpose of 'nerve pain (neuralgia)' with a perceived effectiveness rating of Moderate

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Jan 15, 2012 (Started May 16, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Pain)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for muscle pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Side effects
    Severe (problems concentrating, blurry vision, weight gain, brain fog)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 450 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I was taking Lyrica for a few years and then I had trouble with my insurance paying for my script so I stopped using the Lyrica for awhile. I finally got things squared away with the insurance and I started taking Lyrica again at a lower dose. Within 3 days of restarting the Lyrica my family noticed that I had changed. I was groggy and not paying attention to important things. I felt a presence who talked to me and I talked back. That was a really creepy feeling once I realized what was happening. I stopped taking the Lyrica again because my family was shocked at the difference in my behavior. My pain is worse without the Lyrica, but my life is much better.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: problems concentrating, blurry vision, brain fog, weight gain, weight gain

Nov 29, 2009 (Started May 16, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for muscle pain)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (problems concentrating, blurry vision, weight gain, brain fog)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Before I was taking my current dose of 600 mg. of Lyrica a day I was a total mess with electric type pain consuming my whole body in addition to the regular type of pain that the doctor prescribes regular pain meds for. Now that I am on such a high dose of the Lyrica I am at least able to live a normal life where I am not constantly being electrocuted by everything I touch and feel inside.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: problems concentrating, blurry vision, brain fog, weight gain, weight gain

  • 1 helpful mark

Jun 1, 2011 (Started May 15, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (swelling generalized, dryness, dry mouth, weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: dryness, dry mouth, weight gain, swelling generalized

Jan 10, 2010 (Started May 15, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (swelling generalized, dryness, dry mouth, weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: dryness, dry mouth, weight gain, swelling generalized

May 15, 2007 (Started May 15, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I only positive benefits when initially taking Lyrica. I was able to go back to work and had more energy. After about 18 months on Lyrica, I began experiencing the normal side effects of this drug. I began gaining wait very fast, 20 pounds, and please note, I have always weighed the same. I have never been on a diet in my life; even after having my 2 kids. I also began having swelling of my extremities, at times, the swelling added to my pain. Also, I began have extreme dry mouth, which causes trouble swallowing and cavities.After the initial weight gain, I have stayed at the same weight. Fortunately, the positive effects of Lyrica out weigh the negative. I absolutely could not function daily without Lyrica.
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: dryness, dry mouth, weight gain, swelling generalized

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 19, 2010 (Started Mar 22, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 75 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 4, 2010 (Started Apr 20, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for facial spasm)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (swelling in feet, swelling in hands)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 175 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: be sure to get a water pill from doc if you experience swelling of hands and feet be sure to have a potassium pill so that you don't get cramps from the water pill
Side effects: swelling in hands, swelling in feet

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 30, 2010 (Started Jun 14, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (drowsy in a.m.)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: made me very drowsy during the day
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: drowsy in a.m.

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 20, 2010 (Started Feb 17, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for whole body ache)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Side effects
    Mild (moodiness, nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Prior to the Lyrica, I was taking Gabapentin. I felt the Gabapentin was making me as miserable as the MS. My doc switched me to Lyrica and what a difference! I didn't realize just how sick the Gabapentin was making me feel. The Lyrica helped with the cold burning sensation the Lhirmeets symptom, and the tingling in my hands. I started to feel human again and had energy back! I am now on the 600mg which is the highest dose my doc prefers to prescribe. I am having more break through recently, but I am also in the midst of a relapse. Lets see how it does when and if we get this relapse under control. Even with the slight break through I don't know what I would do without my Lyrica!!!
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: moodiness, nerve pain (neuralgia)

Mar 13, 2010 (Started Feb 17, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for whole body ache)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Side effects
    Mild (moodiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I was originally taking gabapentin for the burning/pain in my right leg, and right hand. I did not like the way gabapentin made me feel, and I didn't like the side effects, that were supposed to wear off, but I didn't feel like it did. I started on Lyrica at the 50mg. 2x's a day, am and pm. I did start to notice a slight difference, but after a short time I upped my dose, (doc's permission to experiment) to 100 mg 2x's a day. I definitely noticed a difference! The only side effect I really noticed was it was affecting my moods. I was going through some stressful events and it made me more edgy and easier to anger. That seems to have passed. I feel more energetic and it has also helped with my spacisity. I love taking Lyrica, it has made such a difference for me!
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: moodiness, nerve pain (neuralgia)

Mar 6, 2010 (Started Feb 17, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for whole body ache)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I began taking Lyrica to replace the treatment of gabapentin. I am not on a full dose yet, am starting out low to adjust my body to it to avoid side effects, so I have only noticed a slight difference so far.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: moodiness, nerve pain (neuralgia)

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 23, 2010 (Started Mar 10, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Nov 9, 2009 (Started Mar 10, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 1, 2010 (Started Jul 28, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 11, 2009 (Started Apr 22, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Frankenstein-like walk, daytime sleepiness, weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: While I was still able to walk, taking the med made my knees and legs stiffen to the point I walked like Frankenstein
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Frankenstein-like walk, daytime sleepiness, weight gain

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 18, 2009 (Started Feb 18, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for muscle pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: when they started me on Lyrica it didn't do so well, but when they increased my dosage I started feeling some.. ever now and then, i have a flare up, i have to get warm and wait for awhile till the pain goes away.. I can't be in or out in coldness.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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