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Thread: Safety of Lyrica for SCI recovery

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    Safety of Lyrica for SCI recovery

    This rather alarmist link popped up in my Facebook news feed. It claims that Lyrica prevents formation of new brain synapses. It doesn't mention spinal cord nerves, buy that is my concern.

    Can Lyrica impede nerve repair?
    If so, are there alternatives to Lyrica and gabapentin that are not problematic?

    I'm taking Lyrica for paresthesia and it's working far better than gabapentin.
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    I had to stop taking that stuff, years ago. It put me in such a fog. Not very noticeable just "existing", but as a musician it REALLY affected my ability to memorize new pieces, and as a teacher it was terrible trying to integrate and coherently share new information with my students. A month or so after ditching it I was back to "normal". Everyone close to me noticed a difference, too. I became less withdrawn and much more engaged with even simple things. Lyrica = zombie drug for me.
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    I was on sleeping pill and muscle relaxer and when I stopped them I noticed a huge difference on endurance and strength. I never took Lyrica but try not to take any drugs if you can because they do something to you. I stopped those drugs after I read that Dr Wise said some of these drugs make the muscles flaccid.

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    I have bad paresthesia which is why I went Lyrica. Any alternatives?
    Also, I have significant spasticity so in on baclofen and looking for alternatives.

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    I wish you the best. I do not have anything else. Hope a good doctor can help

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    I'm on Lyrica, 200 mg/day and also on Baclofen, 80 mg/day. With respect to the Baclofen I was up to 120 mg/day early on after the accident and was a definite zombie. I would quite often fall asleep mid-sentence. Almost narcoleptic like. Felt much better since I've reduced it to 80 mg/day and have been at this level for quite a few years. I'd like to reduce it or get off of it all together, but I'm still having some spasms that seem to be under control when I take 0.5 mg of Suboxen. I'll elaborate on this in a separate thread because it's weird.

    As for the Lyrica, I was completely off of it a couple of years ago, but went back to it to help ease nerve pain in my hand and then to try and ease the pain in my right shoulder blade area. It doesn't seem to help too much with the shoulder blade pain and I would like to get off of it, but right now I have so many other things going on that I'll have to wait on this one.

    C5/C6 since 2007 due to car accident

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    Lyrica 50 mg about killed me. After about 3 hours woke up bladder was on fire.....uti. I was drunk as a skunk on this. After 8 hours finally got sober. After 12 hours took another was so dam drunk was getting out of bed to pee did a face plant right on the floor. Took me 2 hours to get back in bed and in my chair to pee. Took me 12 hours to sober. Called doctor and she don't take any

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    Seems like all these so called new drugs are so good I disagree. Give me something that's been around 20 years or so or forget it.....side effects on this new shit will kill you.

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    I took this for shoulder pain last year. Don't know about the the pain I was so drunk I could barely take care of myself after just 2 pills. And Doc said this was a low dose.....lmao....I be pushing daisy's if I took 200 mg.

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    Ask your doc if you can take 'Milnacipran'. It is a drug that used to treat fibromyalgia, I am not sure whether it is used in SCI or not. But it is not available everywhere, in few countries it is not available and it also comes wit its own side effects.

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