Lyrica withdrawal

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I've been decreasing lyrica by 25mg at a time over a very long time. Right now I'm on 50mg AM and PM. I'm very sensitive to medicine changes. I'm about 8 days into a 25mg decrease and my achey legs are brutal. Very severe. Its has been so hard to just give up and take the dose, but I'm always concerned about the sleepyness and weight gain and cognitive problems I get from lyrica. I dropped 100mg over the past year and those issued improved, but right now I'm useless! And I'm taking extra tramadol to try to ease the achey legs. Sigh.....I don't even know of I should get off this drug and Dr says just do what you want. Plus I have surgery next week so I had to quite magnesium , which helps my pain a lot. The last 8 days have been hell. I dont want it to be for nothing!

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    Hi Lilyflower; I think that the only suggestion that I can give you, is that as Lyrica is also an anti-depressant, you should be replacing it with another.....have you tried Amitriptylline?   Or what is the reason that you are trying to wean yourself off Lyrica?  Does it not help, or are you trying to go Med free?    Bron
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    Hi Lily, I share the same side effects from Pregabalin, but for me, although I hate the weight gain, in general the benefits outweigh the side effects. xx
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    I were on that for 8 months,side effects were dreadful as was the weight gain. Dr would not take me off them, so I went aginst him and weaned myself off. Lost loads of weight, and got rid of the horrid side effects. Much better without them. went to see  a different Dr and explained what I had done, and he was in agreement with me and he them prescribed me Oramorph. Its ok, takes the edge off and no nasty side effects either..
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    I couldn't handle the leg pain so I began taking the 25mg again and I've had major pain relief but I must have been partially weaned because now I feel the side effects of increasing, but those are much more easier to deal with. For now I will stay were I'm at. These drugs are so tricky!
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    That's strange lily, I was able to come off Lyrica completely from 125mg twice a day within 2 weeks. 
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    Hi Lilyflower

    Have you managed to come off the Pregabalin yet? Just asking.

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