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    Ive been using Baclofen for pain for about 1 1/2 years, it works pretty well, but now my Dr. thinks I should try Lyrica, thinking it will have less side effects. He thinks baclofen is a "dirty drug" and lyrica is cleaner, but after reading the side effects of lyrica I am nervous about trying it. It seems to have a lot more side effects. Has anyone ever used Lyrica? Should I try it or just stick with what works? I am on 40mg a day of baclofen, is that a lot? Any thoughts would help.

    Thanks

    #2
    i really dont think lyrica has that many side effects, at least it doesnt have the sleepiness of neurontin, and i dont get the carb cravings. the good things about these meds is IMO they are much easier to come off of than narcotics. i only tried baclophen for a short peroid, its a much older med.
    itd a anti spasm drug i think. zanaflex is the newer version of anti spasm i think. i dont beleive lyrica is a anti spasm
    cauda equina

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      #3
      Yes your right Baclofen is an antispasm med, but for some reason it works for pain for me, dont know why. I guess I am a little nervous about switching to a new drug, I was wondering if anyone else has tried lyrica. Sounds like it might be worht a try with less side effects, but when you read the drug information sheets some of the stuff on there can be downright scary.

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        #4
        Lyrica

        I Just Got Off Licra And Had Bad Sides.i Tryed To Stay With It As Long As I Could Because It Took Away The Burning In My Feet I Was So Happy That The Burning Was Gone. After About 4 Days My Vision Was So Blurry Coudent Read Or Watch Tv. Then Confusion And Headaches Started Tryed To Stay With It But Coudent Drive And No Way Am I Going To Not Have That Freedom.it Took Me Several Days To Get Back To Old Self.i Have A Pump In And It Works Much Better Than Pills For Control Of Spasams.bacoflin Has Never Helped My Pain.

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          #5
          I'm in the process of figuring out if Lyrica is causing pain in my gums.
          Alan

          Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.

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            #6
            I take zanaflex and baclofen for spasms. I take morphine for pain. It works very well. It dosent make me sleepy, for some reason I cant fall asleep too easily. I take remeron and ambien for sleep at night and still have problems falling asleep.

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              #7
              Hi I took Bacoflen too and it worked good for a while , then stopped . I am now on Flexerill . I am hearing some good things about Lyrica . My dr. asked me if I wanted to try it , but I am on Ameritriptiline for now and it works . So if It aint broke dont try to fix it. I may try Lyrica in the furture.
              Last edited by razzle51; 5 Dec 2005, 5:52 PM.
              SM/ACM Surgery in 1999

              When the world says "give up"; hope whispers "try one more time"
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                #8
                I think i agree, if it aint broke dont try and fix it, im not sure why my doctor had an aversion to Baclofen, but I am now down to only 20mg a day and my pain seems to be tolerable, I have no idea why it works for me but it does so i am going to stay with it.

                Thanks all.

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                  #9
                  Lyrica

                  well i decided to try this Lyrica and boy was I FLYING AROUND THIS AM . ENERGY I couldnt believe it . Did it effect you that way the first time you tried it. I cleaned 3 rooms and did the floor in the bathroom . wow .
                  SM/ACM Surgery in 1999

                  When the world says "give up"; hope whispers "try one more time"
                  -anonymous

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                    #10
                    i wish! but i find lyrica a lot less problematic than neurontin, i have more energy and less sleepiness, with neurontin i never had a hard time sleeping,
                    with lyrica i still need to take a sleep med, the oxycodone i take at night wakes me up.
                    cauda equina

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                      #11
                      Lyrica

                      Metronycguy, I was wondering if you or any others knows the relative dosage of Lyrica vs Neurontin. I presently take 1800mg per day of Neurontin and I am wondering how that would equate to the dosage requirement of Lyrica which is suppose to be less. Lyrica is significantly more expensive if the dosage would be the same.
                      mike

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                        #12
                        Lyrica sides and dosing

                        I'm 10 days into trying lyrica- and just moved up from 75 mg to 150mg. twice a day (300mg toal a day). My Doc says its very unlikely that we will try more than 600mg total per day, as the studies suggest no benefit. So far sides have been very, very mild- slight sleepiness days 1-3, lots of energy and a mild euphoria since (or is that just some crypto-antidepressant side effect, lol). In other words i feel great. The character of my neuropathic pain has begun to change, from pure hellfire to something more electrical, but i can't say that its reduced- still 8+ on the scale at night (I spend a lot of time biting pillows and trying not to wake the neighborhood). I was told not to expect any real benefit before two weeks (or longer if we need to raise the dose again), but my neuro doc is hopeful.

                        David

                        PS- I hear Pfizer is handing out lots and lots of samples as they push this onto the market- it may be worthwhile asking your Doc to stock you up.
                        A Conservative government is an organised hypocrisy.
                        Benjamin Disraeli

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                          #13
                          i think 300 is the top level for pain control .
                          most of the stuff i was reading was saying 3 times a day for neuropathic pain, my doc said 3 times when i inquired about 2 times. i am at 150. 3 times 50 a day
                          cauda equina

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                            #14
                            Metronyguy is quite right- the max recomended dose of Lyrica is 300 mg per day in divided doses. The drug literature suggest no aditional benefit in studies using 600mg.

                            David

                            PS- last night I had them first reduction in nightime pain in months! Maybe its working.
                            A Conservative government is an organised hypocrisy.
                            Benjamin Disraeli

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                              #15
                              Price of Lyrica

                              If indeed 300mg of Lyrica is the maximum dose, then it would be less expensive then Neurontin for a ninety day supply. That is certainly an additional side benefit.
                              mike

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