As many of you know Lyrica has been a god send to me.
Since the codiene changes I have been struggling, especially at night.
Speaking to my doc last week he mentioned trying antidepressant for anxiety. As he put it, while I am not depressed I am in distress. And thinks an anti-anxiety med will benefit me greatly, rather than doubling (or tripling) up on Temazapam.
I do not want anti-deps. The common go to is Zoloft, and I HATE that med. Been on it many times and it always has a horror six week (approx) lead in and wean off phase. Now while it did work at those times for the depression, I really don’t want it.
So I did some research and found that Lyrica has been used for anxiety. Infact I have a friend states side who uses it for exactly that. She is on a massive dose, but she has has some major anxiety issues, think severe agrophobia. She does not use it for pain at all.
So I read up on it, and I read that its called an “off script” way of using. I was wondering if anyone else has heard of Lyrica been used for anxiety. I’m thinking I’d like to try it, by increasing my current dose. I already know the side effects, It means less meds, so less chance of interaction and with a new meds its always a crap shoot as to whether I will react badly to it.
Of course I will discuss with the doc on Thursday before I do anything. But I was wondering if anyone knew of using Lyrica for anxiety?!
P.S I am on a low dose, 50mg at night, so any increase would prob only be to 100mg a day max.
hi Mango, I knew Lyrica can be used for anxiety and depression, I currently am prescribed 300mg at night, and 275mg in the day, plus I also take a pretty big dose of Cymbalta as well as my depression was very severe and whilst I am so much improved, I still have a long way to go to recovery, my chronic pain worsening really had a significant impact on me 18months ago, as many might remember
anyhow, best of luck if you go ahead with the increase of Lyrica
Well the doc thought my idea was worth a try. So we have upped the night dose to 75mg and added a 25mg in the morning.
He told me he is happy for me to play around with doses to find the right mix. For now I will leave it with the small up for a month and see what happens. I was really nervous about seeing him, but he was on board. So that is good.
You know that lyrica has been a life saver for me ok 300mg morning and night it was a slow drive in a foggy area but once through I have a lot of relief .
Listen to your body and your gp you will get the balance right
as long as I wake up alive I'm happy
Because it could be worse
Just thought I would touch base. The increase in Lyrica has been very beneficial. I am sleeping better, so much I've even skipped a few nights of needing the Temazapam. The groin is aching, but it's not s bad I will cut the Lyrica back again.
So for now, **touch wood** I am ok. I am using all my tools to get through the days and now I can sleep again, I am managing much easier. Now to just leave things be for a while so it can all stabalise.
It also seems the panadol/ibuprophen mix is helping with the headaches. And the Naproxen has been wonderful for the elbow.
So cross fingers this will all stablise and I will get back to being plugged in.
Reply to an older message. Hope you are going well. I have just upped Lyrica at night only to 50mg. Some dizziness only and have been able to drop completely night codeine. Codeine wasn't actually doing anything except, making me feel it may be. So, I stopped it myself to see.
My main issue was getting a good sleep and Lyrica is great. No more waking up mid sleep in horrible sharp, knife pain. I also have my trusty Norspan patch at 15. I have a great GP and we cooperatively negotiate / navigate and adapt meds, with me taking the lead of dropping down, off and in the case of Lyrica, up. With all this and hydrotherapy, things have stabilised for me.
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