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Thread: Lyrica vs. Neurontin Please help!

  1. #31
    thats a great chart dr young, i remember never could figure out why they were jumping my neurontin dose what seemed high, but in fact was only about 300mgs.
    they mentioned the bioavailablity , but i really never understood it.
    i think neurotin was also was more reactive to supplement's like magnesium, or maybe that was a old wives tale?
    since many people take magnesium in various form such as laxative, tums, , it was easy to always take the neurontin too close to the magnesium, legend has it that magnesium blocks the effects of neurontin/gabapentin.
    i have no idea if lyrica has the same issue.
    i do find lyrica has much less side effects,
    definately less sleep issue with lyrica, however with lyrica i need sleep aids at night, with neurontin i could sleep anytime anyplace.
    i really dont know how well lyrica works on my pain even though i always take it, i am scared of the pain now, so i tend to be much more cautious in trying to stop a 24/7 med.
    cauda equina

  2. #32

    Wink Lyrica Cost Help!

    I also had problems with the cost of Lyrica for my nerve pain, and have no insurance. However, the pharmaceutical company "Phizer" has a "Connection to Care" program to assist patients in acquiring their Lyrica at no cost to them...Check out their website for the contact information to acquire the "Connection to Care" application. GOOD LUCK!

  3. #33

    Compressed Nerve Pain

    I have been living with Meralgia Paresthetica (compressed Femoral Cutaneous Nerve) since November of last year, and was taking Lyrica (75 mg) twice daily. This is an extremely painful condition, that causes massive burning sensation (it hit me for the first time in the middle of th night while sleeping and I woke up thinking that my bed had caught fire and I was burning too!! OOOOWWWWWEEEEE!!) in the hip and thigh area and also makes it tingle and go numb. I was having some side effects from the medication that was making me sick to my stomach and had to quit taking the medication. The doc also had me on Hydrocodone 10/750 which I wanted to quit taking, as I drive a Commercial Vehicle. The doctor then put me on baclofen (10mg 3x day) as I started having muscle spasms. Let me tell you that this medication has almost completely taken my pain away (way better than the Lyrica did) and I can function at normal levels. My MD was very surprised at how well the Baclofen has worked for me. I dont know if this might help with the burning that you have experienced, but it has been a godsend to me and it is affordable because insurance usually will pay for this medication. I am going to be getting a nerve injection to hopefully get rid of this for good. Have had to battle with getting referrals through my HMO to get the proper treatment, FUN FUN FUN!

  4. #34

    Unhappy Info on Neurontin

    Hi I'm new to this site and found some very familiar stories and it is so nice to no I'm not alone. I was hit by a man on the 4th of July and had to have a spinal fusion plus my car was totalled and I had just had my 6th child. Four weeks after my spine surgery, I was hit by a drunk driver (he hit me so hard it threw me into another lane and I hit a truck and then we hit a van and a car plus the man that hit me died from the accident). That car was also totalled and believe it or not just this week I went and bought a car and the same day I got it in my drive way (before I even insured it) it caught on fire and is completely gone....Wow I could not believe a 3rd car gone in a year! I was taken by ambulance in excrusitiating pain and scared to death to have the surgery have to be re-done. Luckily they told me that all the hardware was still intact however there is a 90% chance the screws could be loose. I have been on different pain meds and muscle relaxers, however due to the horrible leg pains I have because of the pressure on the nerves in my back, the doc recently started me on neurontin. I'm starting to notice a difference but I can't take as many as prescribed simply because I cannot afford to.

    If anyone out there knows anything about neurontin and how well or fast it works, or even how to get help paying for it, please let me know. Thanks and good luck to everyone who deals with pain just as I do, it is a horrible way to live.

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  6. #36
    Quote Originally Posted by LoveChocolate View Post
    Hi I'm new to this site and found some very familiar stories and it is so nice to no I'm not alone. I was hit by a man on the 4th of July and had to have a spinal fusion plus my car was totalled and I had just had my 6th child. Four weeks after my spine surgery, I was hit by a drunk driver (he hit me so hard it threw me into another lane and I hit a truck and then we hit a van and a car plus the man that hit me died from the accident). That car was also totalled and believe it or not just this week I went and bought a car and the same day I got it in my drive way (before I even insured it) it caught on fire and is completely gone....Wow I could not believe a 3rd car gone in a year! I was taken by ambulance in excrusitiating pain and scared to death to have the surgery have to be re-done. Luckily they told me that all the hardware was still intact however there is a 90% chance the screws could be loose. I have been on different pain meds and muscle relaxers, however due to the horrible leg pains I have because of the pressure on the nerves in my back, the doc recently started me on neurontin. I'm starting to notice a difference but I can't take as many as prescribed simply because I cannot afford to.

    If anyone out there knows anything about neurontin and how well or fast it works, or even how to get help paying for it, please let me know. Thanks and good luck to everyone who deals with pain just as I do, it is a horrible way to live.
    Wow Lovechocolate, you really went thru the wringer. Talk about a run of luck. Sorry I didn't see your post before.

    As for Neurontin, how much are they starting you with? It's a drug that generally has to be titrated up to a theraputic dosage, but hopefully you'll see some benefits sooner rather than later. You may experience some side-effects but many people report that those lessen after the first couple of weeks. Since i dont have first-hand experience, i'll let others give their impression of how fast it starts working.

  7. #37
    Your story makes me think of the lyrics of an old blues song, Born Under a Bad Sign, "if it weren't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all....."

    I think the Neurontin should help if it is going to pretty quickly, in a few days......

  8. #38

    lyrica vs. neurontin

    Quote Originally Posted by metronycguy View Post
    karla i hope you spoke to a lawyer about the car accident.
    i find the memory loss and other side effect will stop when i stop taking the medication.
    i find lyrica has less side effects than neurontin, but i am on a pretty small dose of lyrica, 150 mg a day

    i have been taking lyrica 100 mg for about 2 years or a little more. my yearly deductible just kicked in and i am unable to afford my lyrica. i have not had it in two months. i feel now like i did before i was dx with fibro myalgia and before i started the lyrica. i was alredy having memory loss problems with the dosage i was taking. since neurontin is much much cheaper, i've asked my dr. if i can start taking it. i'm hoping that the price has not changed much from the 2007 price quote i saw online which was .38 a pill for 100 mg.

  9. #39
    Hi,
    I am on 300mg on Neurontin a night for tethered cord, I was having pretty bad nerve pain in my left leg. The pain got substantially better after 7 days of 300mg. I am on it 2 weeks now, and am increasing my dose to 600mg.
    The Lyrica did not help me, and my legs swelled double their size so I was taken off it.

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    Lyrica is the same as neurontin

    lyrica is just an isomer of nuerontin (gabapentin), its literally the same drug. The company put lyrica on the market and advertised it just as their patent on neurotin ran out. Lyrica shouldn't work any better than neurontin. My doc (a SCI specialist) kept me on a high dose on generic neurontin and added a lidocane patch for the nerve pain. Dont use lyrica you'll just be wasting your money because the pharmaceutical industry is clever businessmen.

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