Tapering off Lyrica gave me panic, nausea, extreme anxiety

Posted by cdcc @cdcc, Nov 28, 2017

I have been taking Lyrica 150 mg two times a day for four years for trigeminal nerve neuralgia from shingles. Since I am now beginning to loose my teeth from this medication I decided to go off it. Folding my doctors withdrawal program I became very sick. Panic, extreme anxiety, nausea, could not eat and lost 17 pounds in 7 weeks, not good I’m tiny as it is. Ended in the ER for I’ve fluids, nausea medications. Back to the family doctor. He put me back on 50mg a day because he felt I needed a long withdrawal from the medications then also said you may have to go back on your full dosing which after all this suffering I am doing I don’t want to do that. I have even made an appoint with a psychiatrist to help with the anxiety although my family doctor gave me Ativan 0:5mg to take twice daily. I don’t even wan5 to go outside the house, haven’t driven in 7 weeks afraid my anxiety or panic will take over. Has anyone experienced these conditions with coming off this medication. Thank you

@lillee

I got in touch with my doctor and we are starting the process of coming down the Lyrica today. I'm going on 75mg 2x per day . I know it will not be easy but I got to do this. I want to thank you for all the information and support it is helping a lot.

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@lillee Glad to hear this tough it out it worked for me this way on my smaller dose also

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@johnbishop

Hi lillee @lillee, welcome to Connect. I'm hoping other members can share their experience with tapering off of Lyrica. I know it can seem overwhelming but you are not alone. Here are a few links that may be helpful until we hear from other members who have tapered off of Lyrica.

Lyrica Withdrawal Symptoms + Duration
https://mentalhealthdaily.com/2014/08/06/lyrica-withdrawal-symptoms-duration/

Lyrica Withdrawal
https://www.recovery.org/lyrica/

Lyrica Withdrawal: Symptoms and Withdrawal Timelines
https://www.serenityatsummit.com/withdrawal/lyrica/

Are you able to get a second opinion to talk with another doctor?

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Thank you so much for the information. Just got back from my doctor and going on 75mg 2x per day. I hope I can do this but it was nice to know I can come here.

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@lioness

@lillee Glad to hear this tough it out it worked for me this way on my smaller dose also

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Thank you I am hoping it will be better than cold turkey. Hope your knee is feeling better

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@lillee

Thank you I am hoping it will be better than cold turkey. Hope your knee is feeling better

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It amazes me that Drs aren’t clearer abt side effects. They are miserable

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It seems like some doctors are starting to get the message about how difficult it is to get off anti depressants. I've been on 10-15 mg./day of lexapro for twenty years. I've attempted to get off several times and always had such terrible withdrawal symptoms that I ran back to the meds. There was an article in the March 5, 2019 NYTimes called How to Quit Antidepressants: Very Slowly, Doctors Say.. One doctor weaned himself off by opening his capsules and removing just one or two tiny pills at a time over a year. This is a huge issue that doctors and patients need to discuss and learn how to treat.

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@lillee

Thank you I am hoping it will be better than cold turkey. Hope your knee is feeling better

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@lillee Just had X-rays waiting to hear Thanks feels better with knee brace

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good morning. I feel like when I am trying to get over one thing, like I am working on getting off Lyrica, I get caught up in something else. I am a double amputee from a car accident and got treated really bad ths morning in front of my little girl. I don't ask for special treatment but it seems like just getting a door opened because there are no other ways to get a wheel chair in, I was treated like I was a bother. Just having a bad morning. Hope you are all doing great

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I'm so sorry that you are having a bad day, and for your suffering. I hope tomorrow is a better day 🙂

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I have really enjoyed group. I want to say thanks again. It's nice knowing that I am not alone in my time of trying to get off Lyrica.

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@marrie

I'm so sorry that you are having a bad day, and for your suffering. I hope tomorrow is a better day 🙂

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Thank just don't understand why people with handicap needs get treated badly. I really don't ask for any help but today when I did I was made to feel like a bother and burden.

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@lillee

good morning. I feel like when I am trying to get over one thing, like I am working on getting off Lyrica, I get caught up in something else. I am a double amputee from a car accident and got treated really bad ths morning in front of my little girl. I don't ask for special treatment but it seems like just getting a door opened because there are no other ways to get a wheel chair in, I was treated like I was a bother. Just having a bad morning. Hope you are all doing great

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Hello @lillee, It pains my heart to heart to hear this type of treatment to anyone. Reminds me of an old quote…
"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." ~ Aesop

Blessings on your day…

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@lillee

Thank just don't understand why people with handicap needs get treated badly. I really don't ask for any help but today when I did I was made to feel like a bother and burden.

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That is heartless. What type of help was needed ?

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@lillee

good morning. I feel like when I am trying to get over one thing, like I am working on getting off Lyrica, I get caught up in something else. I am a double amputee from a car accident and got treated really bad ths morning in front of my little girl. I don't ask for special treatment but it seems like just getting a door opened because there are no other ways to get a wheel chair in, I was treated like I was a bother. Just having a bad morning. Hope you are all doing great

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Heartless who would do such a thing? Sending you a big hug . So sorry.

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@lillee

good morning. I feel like when I am trying to get over one thing, like I am working on getting off Lyrica, I get caught up in something else. I am a double amputee from a car accident and got treated really bad ths morning in front of my little girl. I don't ask for special treatment but it seems like just getting a door opened because there are no other ways to get a wheel chair in, I was treated like I was a bother. Just having a bad morning. Hope you are all doing great

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@lillee I'm sorry you had to endure this trivial experience from whoever made you feel this way ,shame on them.Where I live we have a deaf@can't speak guy it upsets me when someone treats him badly I'm a advocate for disabled because it's not there fault. Hope you have a better morning ,day.

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@lillee

I have really enjoyed group. I want to say thanks again. It's nice knowing that I am not alone in my time of trying to get off Lyrica.

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@lillee Connect is a group of caring peopleS all of us here are going through something you are not alone

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