Gabapentin vs Lyrica

I have been taking 1200mg a day of Gabapentin for pain. It is relatively effective most of the time but I believe it has affected my memory, ability to concentrate, and alertness. It makes me groggy and foggy. Someone told me its also used as a mood stablizer. I was wondering if anyone has had experience with changing from Gabapentin to Lyrica, which is supposed to be the newer version and supposedly requires a lower dose for greater pain relief.

I'd really like to hear about people's experiences with one vs the other. Thanks! Together we really are better

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Like you, I stopped taking Gabapentin because of the foggy feeling. I've not tried Lyrica. I've decided I can live with the burning hands and feet, as long as I have Lunesta to help me get to sleep, and sleep through the night.

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I don't take the Gabapentin for burning hands and feet. My feet do burn but not continuously and not severely. Don't have burning in my hands. I take it for intense muscular pain in legs, sides, and sometimes arms.

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I, too, got off Gabapentin because of the foggy feeling and the feeling it was not working. When I weaned off Gabapentin to go to Lyrica, I realized that Gabapentin had definitely helped with the pain just not nearly as well as the Lyrica does. I don't have the foggy feeling and sleep well so don't need help with that. I do have some burning in my feet but not enough to do take anything for it. I don't want another pill to take.

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Zansdaughter,

I remember reading somewhere that Lyrica caused extreme mood swings and horribly vivid dreams. I can't remember where I saw it but it was on this site. That's why I'm concerned. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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Gabapentin was the reason for my title on this blog!

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Brainfog,

LOL. I figured. Do you still take it? Have you tried or heard about Lyrica?

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Lyrica definitely does not cause mood swings with me. I am the most laid- backed person you could know. I have been taking it for about 2 yrs and have not had any bad results. I take 75 mg.3 times a day.

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I have taken both for pain - Gabapentin is less effective for most people than Lyrica is (then again we are all different and our bodies respond differently to things). I found a smaller dose of Lyrica worked better for me than the large dose of Gabapentin I was taking. Although neither one did much of anything for my pain. My doctor now thinks it is RA, not fibro or nerve pain. I tolerated both of them fine (mentally and physically) and I am the queen of mood swings / wierd side effects. The only thing I noticed was a voracious uptick in appetite (which I did not need!) however, it was dose related and abated after about a week. I think Lyrica is worth a try, you can always switch back if you don't like it. Why not talk to your doctor and see what they think?

PMPrincess

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PM Princess,

Thanks so much for sharing your first hand experience. What you said makes perfect sense. I have been on Gabapentin and my appetite is pretty suppressed so I wouldn't enjoy becoming Miss Piggy! It wouldn't be a long journey from me to her! What about fogginess?

Is your doc changing your diagnosis based on blood work? No one has ever said if I've been tested for RA and I just called my doc last week and don't want to be a nuisance.

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I take Gabapentin but I was introduced slowly and increased my dosage over time up to 1000 mg now. I still have brain foggy sometimes. I've learned to time my meds according to the time of day. I take my heavier doses at night. I maintain with two or three pills every few hours throughout the day. I am still working and trying to manage as best I can. I have Connective Tissue Disease with small nerve neuropathy and Systemic Lupus with GI involvement.

Since Ive been on Gabapentin I spend a lot of time looking for things that I just put away or sat down!! This medication really messes with your memory but it works better for me than Lyrica. I plan to stick with Gabapentin for now or at least until my Neurologist comes up with something better. Sometimes I wonder if there is anything that will effectively reduce the burning pain that I feel all over my body (shoulders to toes) most of the time it is not consent because it moves around. Sometimes my arms and legs hurt, other times it is just my legs from walking and like right now . . . just my arms from typing. Gotta go!

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Hi Latty,

I know I know I know what you mean. Why does the Gabapentin work better than Lyrica?

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Gabapentin did not work better for me. Lyrica's parent was Gabapentin. They tweaked Gabapentin and made Lyrica.

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Gabapentin causes brain fog and should be renamed Morontin. Before taking Gabapentin, I was prescribed Lyrica. I gained about 5 pounds in a week and it did nothing for the pain. Like Latty, I also take the heavier dosage of Gabapentin before bedtime.
In September I will be seeing a Sclero Specialist and I hope he will have some new 'tricks' up his sleeve. My most recent visit to the Rheumy let me know that I also have a fractured spine which may be adding to the already existing pain.

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Spunky Sputnik

Thank u for that hearty laugh about Morontin! I needed that. Now if only I could remember it!!

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So glad I hear of "brain fog" with this drug as I also experience this but didn't realize it could be this med. Since I take it before bed, I do awake in a fog and and never feel refreshed. My memory also seems affected and my gait is off for awhile after getting out of bed. Would like to hear if others have these other symptoms also.

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Norwichgal

Is your screen name connected to the dog breed? Anyway I have every side effect you listed and also loss of vocabulary and spelling to boot.

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No, I live in Norwich Ct. I also have spelling and vocab memory laspses but blame it on stress and my age wondering somethings if getting dementia! Thanks for asking. I was diagnosed about 19 years ago. How about you?

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Norwichgal

I'll friend u for private chat.

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omg... i too thought the foggy brain and memory loss was from dementia and age but its the Gabapentin then... good to know!! i will try lyrica as i dont like that fogginess at all. and clumsiness - i drop stuff all the time.
what a relief to know i am not going to be running down the street naked and not know where i am in a few years (symptom of dementia...) thanks!!

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I think I do better with Gabapentin because I can increase the dosage as needed. There is a lot of freedom there and that is why my doctor suggests it because it can be modified greatly. Some days I need more than others depending on the weather and level of activity. I also have one other way to detect when I need to increase my dosage . . STRESS!! On the days that bad things are happening (life issues, family attitudes etc . .) It makes us hurt more!

bxlbaby, thanks for the laugh . . some days I still may be running down the street naked but I can't blame it on Gabapentin!!
Oh yes I can . . I forgot my clothes!

It is bad enough that I can't remember things, constantly double checking and I am always losing stuff !

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