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Is Lyrica Narcotic, Lyrica Is Addictive

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Pregabalin Goblin Says:
 
Lyrica is addictive in the extreme. But true: Lyrica not a narcotic. It is an anti-convulsant with sedative properties and some degree of anti-psychotic effects; it calms the brain but also slows the metabolism, causing weight gain. I was a borderline Anorexic and at first gaining weight was good because I was a size 0 and emaciated. But I barely eat and keep on gaining. I weight more than I ever thought I could, and I keep thinking everyone thinks I'm FAT. If so, they're right: I weigh too much. Docs say I am not "obese" but "just overweight," but I feel obese and it's not good. But that's hardly the worst: Lyrica is, it turns out, as addictive as H. And Lyrica Withdrawal is, as I will demonstrate herein, TRUE AGONY. And true peril. I used up my Lyrica (pregabalin) too fast this month, and because it is a Controlled Substance, I could not refill it for a solid WEEK!!!! Was that an extreme ordeal or just a minor inconvenience? IT WAS CATASTROPHIC. Anyone "In The Know" would say, "Oh, dear Lord help us! It's Lyrica!!!!" Because LYRICA WITHDRAWAL IS HELL, HELL, HELL!!!!!!! Now, as it happens, folks, I did have some Hydrocodone (a true opioid narcotic) on hand that my rheumatologist had seen fit to prescribe. He only gives me a little here and there. He is very careful with those, as with Lyrica. If I use up my Lyrica too fast, he cannot advance me more, because a line MUST be drawn somewhere, and I understand that very well, but all told, it was still A WEEK FROM THE NINTH CIRCLE OF HELL. I could take the narcotic Hydrocodone now & then in relatively small doses, just enough to take the edge off the pain; and, yes, I take it occasionally to try to obviate the HORRIFIC AND EXCRUCIATING SYMPTOMS OF PREGABALIN WITHDRAWAL, which, no hyperbole here, I honestly felt were going to KILL ME, they were SO TERRIBLE. I had to endure such a desperate craving as I have NEVER KNOWN ANYWHERE BEFORE THIS!!! How I endured EIGHT DAYS WITHOUT LYRICA is beyond my comprehension. I was INSANE all week long. Then, this morning: FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wrote this: "After days on end of indescribable AGONY, of spirit and body, I am about to go to town to the pharmacy to obtain that which I so desperately crave with the same frenzied anticipation with which a mythical Vampyre craves the magickal life-blood! Ohhhhhhhh, my LYRICA (pregabalin)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Object of my obsession! Friend and cousin Doreen Littlefield is RIGHT ~ it is a habit so inescapable that I ponder whether pregabalin should be ranked alongside H!!!! I must make haste thither or die!!!!!!!! Lyrica, Lyrica, Lyrica!!!! Thou durst possessth my very SOUL!!!! I drooleth in frenzied anticipation! I rendeth mine garments! I MUST HAVE IT!!!! — feeling Lyrica-Lust!" So I posted this morning, trying to use just a bit of truly goofy sardonic humor to cope with my awful state. So I "scored," and oh, yeah, right there in the grocery store, I "fixed" right away. Took the pill bottle out of the bag near the entrance and popped a few. Waiting for the long, long, long-craved relief from the ongoing Withdrawal (which apparently would go on for months otherwise!); waiting for my terrible craving for Lyrica to finally CEASE. "Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh," gasped the Pregabalin Goblin, eyes rolling back, body shuddering in reaction: FINALLY. AND CEASE IT DID!!! Yes!! Although I am experiencing quite nasty side-effects from suddenly continuing my Lyrica treatment after the 8-day interruption, and although my brain and body are very confused and still struggling to cope, I feel a sense of utterly sublime relief. I FINALLY have pregabalin in my system; it sizzles like cool peppermint in my veins, sweetly chilling me and putting out the frantic fire of the fever that had literally threatened to consume me, whole. I needed the pregabalin like nothing I have ever needed before; I am ashamed but I am grateful! Eight days had only put me into the BEGINNING of the terrible ordeal that would ensue if I did stop taking Lyrica altogether. Months, even a year, it might take to fully recover. IF, that is, I made it. Yes, boys 'n' girls in PrescriptionLand, Lyrica withdrawal, in certain rare instances, can KILL YOU! Now, compare & contrast: narcotic withdrawal, though horribly painful and unpleasant, rarely kills. It WILL make you desperately sick for about two weeks if you have a serious narcotic habit, especially if you're mainlining. But honey, it probably won't kill you. It will just FEEL that way for awhile, but if you don't start using again, you can wait it out and get clean. If you have a serious street narcotic habit, your habit itself, and the methods you must use to acquire the means to sustain it, will most likely kill you. GET HELP!!! But, can withdrawal from OTHER types of addictive controlled substances actually cause the death of the patient or user? Patently, YES. It isn't common, but it isn't impossible either. Again, compare & contrast: Delirium Tremens from withdrawal from heavy alcohol abuse, and withdrawal from prescribed barbiturates, produce potentially lethal withdrawal effects. I know because I was on phenobarb for awhile as an adolescent but was suddenly taken off it, by a doc who as it turns out was being investigated by the DEA. I was just a kid, taking my seizure med on time every day in my then-regimented "Straight A student type A achiever" life. I was a "Good Kid," but I didn't know until I was abruptly taken off the phenobarb that I was an "accidental addict". The resulting withdrawal very nearly killed me: no hyperbole here, no sarcasm; I'm serious. Among other things, I had terrible tonic-clonic (grand mal) seizures! Well, guess what, boys 'n' girls in Lyrica-Land!!! LYRICA WITHDRAWAL IS WORSE EVEN THAN THAT. Again no hyperbole here (I know I've used both hyperbole and satirical humor elsewhere in this essay, but not here. I literally say and mean THAT IN SOME CASES LYRICA WITHDRAWAL CAN KILL YOU. I'm lucky mine didn't. And, think my Doc's a hard-a$$? No, he's just trying to be a good Doc and NOT AN ENABLER. Well, okay, the guy can be a hard-a$$, when all the cards are on the proverbial table and the symbolic chips are down; he has to be. And he's put me in my place a few times, right 'n' proper, and will brook no interference on my part; he treats me with respect but lets me know I had damn well better toe the line. He expects and deserves my respect in return. Under that gentle exterior is an Alpha Male. But usually he's soft-spoken and masterful. And he is an excellent and very avidly sought-after rheumatologist and I'm lucky to have him! I'm just fearful that he's going to work himself unto a heart-attack. Another "Type A" personality. LIKE ME, except presently I'm not in a position of social leadership and authority. YET. And so, he said the trouble is that I have three legitimate medical reasons to take a moderate dose of Lyrica, and it would be extremely difficult, if not outright impossible, to find several substitutes that'd go together and do the job. "So," says he, "you MUST learn to control that compulsion with Lyrica. The dose I'm prescribing, if followed closely, will resolve your medical issues without fostering a hard-core addiction." In short, he knows I have a habit and craving for pregabalin specifically, but he expects me to master it. He's right: I must. I tell him how tough it is, and though he is generally a very empathic and sympathetic gent, he looks at me steely-eyed and says shortly,"I don't care. You're causing me no end of pain with your antics. If you don't get a grip on this, I'm going to have no choice but to cut you off! ARE WE CLEAR???" He rarely gets angry but I'd managed to make him absolutely furious. His hands were shaking. I felt awful; I kept apologizing and thinking he was going to have his heart-attack any moment. Later, when he calmed down, I timidly joked, "Pregabalin-Gate!" He was still simmering but said with cool acknowledgement of my silly sense of humor, "Hmmmm." At that time I started being afraid that when he finally had his massive coronary, it'd be ALL MY FAULT. Me and LYRICA!!!! As for the narcotic Hydrocodone, he tells me that some of his patients had become addicted to it from other doctors and he had to wean them off of it. In my case, I'm not addicted to the narcotic, because of a limited tolerance inherited from both parents as a rare recessive gene; on his cancer deathbed, Dad ripped out his morphine pump; Mom on her own cancer deathbed refused morphine; they both hated it so much. Me, I can make some use of narcotics, but in a limited sense. But for all I know, if my Doc wasn't so very careful with it, I might have been by now. So I'm grateful to him for taking a firm stand on that AND with the Lyrica: he knows what he's doing. I just need to work WITH him. I have a therapist I see. She's in the loop too. It's an ongoing process. I now have a pill container/organizer that will help me to plan out my Lyrica doses each day of each month so that I do not run smack into this horrific and painful situation ever again...of course, I'm almost out of the Hydrocodone, which usually I'd have doled out to myself a little bit at a time, as my rheumatologist prescribes it to be used a little bit at a time if my pain levels really spike. My Mom had RA so I wasn't all that surprised when it started in on my hands and knees. I can't even bend some of my fingers at all any more. I'm violently allergic (anaphylactic) to NSAIDs, much to my frequent extreme frustration! So, I'll kind of miss the hydrocodone, but my Doc has to be strict about it, understandably; he will prescribe a little bit more of them next month and since I will not be running out of Lyrica again (NO WAY!!!) I won't need to use the narcotic as a substitute for it...I'll be able to just take the pills occasionally, when pain literally forms an obstacle to getting anything done! For now, I'm setting aside the few narcotic pills I have left. Unlike Lyrica, I am accustomed to going most of the month without Hydrocodone; technically, THAT drug is considered MORE addictive than even Lyrica, so my Doc wants to be absolutely certain he does not ever prescribe enough of it to foster any kind of a habit. The dose of Hydrocodone is way too low and the allotted supply way too small to support a habit. Better off that way, I say. The Lyrica situation's bad enough to deal with; I truly do NOT need THAT on top of it, or even BECAUSE of it! So I comply. I mean, I comply with the narcotic rules he has; it makes sense; he's a doctor, not an enabler. But, ohhhhh, boy, things are so different with the Lyrica: it took me months and months to finally accept that I had acquired a Lyrica HABIT. Admitting it was devastating. But it was necessary. NOTHING is a substitute for LYRICA (pregabalin); Lyrica WITHDRAWAL is literally and figuratively a HELL ON EARTH and I just went through it!!! NEVER AGAIN! I survived it (BARELY) but I cannot allow my addiction to Lyrica to drive me to use too much of it and wind up enduring eight-plus days of withdrawal again; NOOOO WAAAAY!!!! So: Lyrica helps me, true; but LYRICA CAN BE A DEMANDING TASKMISTRESS; it has drawn me inexorably into its steely clutches as its helpless slave, a dark seduction worthy of Faustian figures in Gothic tales. Oh, yes, my friends. The Pfizer company has repeated the history made a century before by the Bayer corporation when they, too, introduced a drug to the public that bore a feminine heroic name which, like Lyrica, connotes both seduction and implied mercy: H. YES, I AM COMPARING LYRICA TO H. My Gentleman friend used to be hooked on H (Horse), he mainlined it. I can't imagine using needles to IV; I take Lyrica orally. Anyway, he no longer is a slave of narcotics. He's fully clean and free of H now; I'm proud of him. But when he saw me in the throes of pregabalin withdrawal, he said it was worse than H withdrawal, that it had some things in common with Delerium Tremens experienced by hard-core alcoholics during withdrawal, and that he can tell clearly that this mysterious young drug is indeed the H of our new age! So: well, to synopsize: Bayer gave the world H just over 100 years ago and she changed the world forever; now, a century later, from the similar but updated mercy of Pfizer, we have another imperious goddess: the "gift" of Lyrica, the H of the 21st Century! So, BEWARE of LYRICA! I can't live with it ~ BUT I CANNOT POSSIBLY LIVE WITHOUT IT! Lyrica has hold of my very SOUL. I am fighting to free myself but after five years I ponder the weighty question of whether there can possibly be a shred of HOPE for the wretched likes of ME: the Pregabalin Goblin!!! IF YOU MUST TAKE LYRICA, IT WILL VERY LIKELY BECOME THE UTTERLY IRREVOCABLE MISTRESS OF YOUR DESTINY, NO MATTER YOUR WILLPOWER. It makes H look like iced tea! O sweet LYRICA! ~ It quietly soothes your brain and it kindly takes your pain and it makes you want to sweetly, sadly, GENTLY love it forevermore; and when your sparkling crystal fountainhead of pregabalin runs dry, and you are bereft of the wonder drug of our Brave New World, the "Soma" of Aldous Huxley's classic dystopian vision, which can be none other than Lyrica ~ and O Horrors! ~ you are denied this dear, precious peace in the form of the luminous snowy white powder that is Lyrica, and ~ WITHDRAWAL ~ O Torment of Stygian Depths! ~ you will endure the dreaded humiliation and mortification and agony of full withdrawal from Lyrica; and when it hits, you will die a thousand times every hour of every day, in torture beyond any and all attempts at description. YOU WILL BURN AWAY IN DESPERATE FEVER FROM THE INSIDE OUT. Drenched in sweat, shivering uncontrollably, vomiting, weeping, hallucinating, gasping for breath, staggering from one room to the next, barely sleeping, even suffering sudden and dangerously violent convulsive seizures! Pregabalin withdrawal is beyond HELL! And then ~ O Joy! YOU FINALLY SCORE! As I did this morning, finally obtaining my Lyrica refill from the pharmacy. (I bought some milk and cereal too whilst I was there) ~ so, okay, okay, guys; I know that isn't exactly like buying H or blow or crystal meth from a shady Dealer in a rat-infested back alley in the seamier portions of town, but bear with me, okay? Allow me a wee bit of poetic license, because scoring is scoring, no matter how low-key and "legit". ~~~ So, likewise, my unknown colleague: when Lyrica again opens her loving, cold arms to you, to alleviate your desperate need, to cool your frantic fever: she will give you that special ice-kiss that sets her utterly alone on a highest crystal mountaintop away from all other addictive drugs. THERE IS NOTHING LIKE LYRICA. You may soon discover, as I have, that THERE NOW CAN BE NO LIFE WITHOUT LYRICA. Ever again. I have been conscripted and have no true hope of ever being free. I have RA and Fibromyalgia and have had a brush with Adenocarcinoma. I have PTSD and I am in constant, chronic nerve pain. Above all that, I have been slowly, surely SEDUCED. Like all addicts, I know I must serve her whether I want to or not: Lyrica I must, must, must, must, must, must possess! Lyrica must be MINE at all hazards. And SO SHE IS. In exchange for some measure of freedom from my constant awful suffering, I have willingly given Lyrica my SOUL. Would I do it all over again if I had any idea how powerfully addictive this drug is...? CERTAINLY NOT. But it is too late for me now. Save yourself if you can, and consider very carefully what you will sacrifice if you allow your suffering to make you a slave to Lyrica,. IT IS WORTH IT??? Can a SLAVE ever truly be fulfilled, happy, healthy, or free? I think we all truly know the answer to THAT one. I chose the "Dark Side," and I bitterly rue it every day I live and breathe,. GOD HELP ME AND OTHERS LIKE ME!!! Lyrica is being very heavily marketed (like H was a century ago) and more and more slaves are pressed into soulless service to Empress Lyrica! WHAT IS NEXT????

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Sk8r Says:
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You are nuts! As a recovering addict & former H/opiate abuser, I can say that without a doubt that your over dramatic long winded essay on the traumatic, writhing pain of not having lyrica is about as accurate as saying fibromyalgia is actually a disease. It's a b.s. diagnosis most likely given to drug seekers attempting to get anything they can from a doctor. Pain all over ones body with no medical reason screams b.s., much like your description of alleged Lyrica withdrawal. You need a better therapist because you are clearly nuts! Popping Lyrica because you are in such horrible withdrawal. I call bullsh*t. You should write dramatic fiction because that's what your post came across as. You come across more like an opiate abuser trying to hide behind "evil" lyrica. Do the general public a favor and keep your crazy to yourself. Now go pop your lyrica, before God forbid you suddenly have those horrific withdawal. Take eight, take ten. You'll feel great. Only an addict with a history or abusing other drugs has to put the blame on something as benign as lyrica. I'd bet a months pay you'll run out early and we will see another ridiculously dramatic post about The She-Devil Lyrica. You're certifiable lady!

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Forsaken77 Says:
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Whether or not Lyrica is addictive or not, that was a very well expressed essay. Swim has been an opiate user/abuser that fits in right next to your "gentleman friend." So I'm unfortunately well versed with how bad opiate withdrawals can be. It has been a 20yr road full of speed-bumps, pot-holes & wrecking-balls.

I have also been taking Neurontin (Gabapentin) for the last 2yrs. There definitely are withdrawals from taking nerve meds for a prolonged period, regardless of what that other poser, er... poster, says. My doc just started giving me Lyrica in the last month. Within 2 weeks I jumped from 75mg tabs to 150mg. He told me Lyrica is like a super Neurontin.

I don't know if you're withdrawals are as bad as you make them out to be, especially if you haven't experienced withdrawals before. Maybe they are; I'm not one to judge. But now I'm worried about switching to Lyrica because I don't need another dependency. I'm having enough trouble managing the ones I have now. But if your withdrawals are that bad, you should have your doc switch you to Neurontin and taper you down to a more manageable level.

I just want to let you in on a little secret that long time addicts have known for a while... Your mind plays a HUGE part in how bad the withdrawals are. If you dwell on them or constantly thinking how bad you feel, they're gonna be 100x's worse. After being addicted to H & Methadone, SWIM was eventually arrested for their reckless lifestyle. When in jail, the withdrawals were nowhere near as bad because SWIM knew he couldn't get his hands on anything. They were still chew-your-arm-off terrible, but not as bad as if SWIM were home. Keep that in mind and try to control your thoughts.

Good Luck & God Bless

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Judith Says:
 
I have peripheral neuropathy which I got from Lovastatin. My general practitioner, lousy Loveless plan in NM, said she never heard of sx before and keep taking it. (She was focused on her pregnancy and imminent baby and would not listen to the articles they were publishing in Scandinavian countries.) Just as the Rabdomylosis sx started I quit taking them and sx left my wrists and hands but not my feet. So pain medication offered Gabapentin or Paragapentin which cost more for me but more effective, with Cymbalta. Horrible mix. Slept all day and made very bad financial decisions. Preyed on by two ADT neubies who cut my wired security system and set contract for $5,000 for them having put in a wireless system. Got that negated. They should have been reported to the AG. Quit Cymbalta cold turkey, no titrating, and medical professions playing games cause they were screwing Medicare over billing Pharmacists as pain control doctors. In and out five minutes with same RX, no tests, etc. (Giving these asides to illustrate how alone patients are in this medical game of medical roulette.) Pain was so excruciating that the Lyrica was not killing the pain. Feet felt like bottoms of feet beat with a board, and that when I walked I was walking on inch thick callouses on a floor lined with various sized potatoes, and pins and sharpened pencils being pushed into feet, toes, etc. Doctor quit when she learned she was only GP and could not RX pain med and her manager said that I was the problem after saying she was not taking patients with pain issues. Meanness and such lack of empathy. After six months found internist who I said I could not get to sleep until 5am in morning rocking with pain in my feet. She wrote a script for Hydrocodone 5/375mg (which is now 5/325mg per Medicare rules.) (They are really looking out so hard for us patients out there while they let statin drugs cause P.N., and know it. It is now on print and in large legal suits. Lyrica causes problems with memory and recalling familiar words, important words that make one feel and look stupid. I also feel off balance when I first stand, maybe the P.N., and I gained 40 lbs. which I am having a problem losing even starting a more active exercise regimen. That I found surprising to see others state this as well. I take hydrocodone three to four times a day now (50mg), two at night. But my life is limited due to the medications. I asked a pharmacist and my internist last Winter if Lyrica can cause permanent changes to my brain. They both said they did not think so. Same advice that all give about anything they know nothing about. Ever have a doctor say he would look into it. People keep telling me to stop taking the hydrocodone but I cannot escape the pain. When I take it my feet feel comfortable but if I am late taking a dose the pain takes a long time and more medication to stop the pain. Imagine your feet being wrung like a towel, like a tendon being twisted over your arch and your foot clubbing up. My toes feel like they are wooden and do not serve for balance.

So the medication is necessary but they are not honest and do no planning or helping you to be wary of predators and ones vulnerabilities. There are no registered nurses, no licensed nurses in most doctors offices. No professional support. I have had the wrong dosages called in for renewals of medications by their non professional help. No one in the room with the doctor to clarify what was said. Little to nothing in written instructions to patients. No patient support. This country is built on measuring every drop of time and water into a profit. I have been horribly dizzy, room rotating and could not change a ceiling fixture bulb at my entrance. Went to see the doctor and he had ten minutes, RX's steroids for probable water in ear or maybe a virus or bacteria. RX for steroids. Pharmacy instructions said read the material in the box. The paper was the usual pharmacy into which stated many uses and said to use dose determined by doctor. I didn't see the tiny print on the foil on the back of the pills and when the pharmacist was asked the next day he acted as if I was senile. Too much trouble to print the same dosage instructions on the label? Sorry but I am droning on. The Lyrica would be a problem if I quit and had no other alternative treatment. P.N. is listed for M.J. and hope to get the medication without the THC to see if I can use that for pain control. What an answer to a prayer, I hope. I am 72 years old, and am a college educated woman, supported myself most of my life, worked for government as an inspector of health care facilities, and had my own Assisted Living Home. Not smart enough to make any money I could hold on to as my neighbors took my gold an silver coins I converted a large share of my retirement into. The Police Chief would not investigate the neighbor I saw leaving my property whom I believed was stealing from me, but with my medications I was not so quick and confident t speak up sooner. They left my sighting out of the police report, and I learned the Chief and renting neighbor had the same last name. A small village in NM. We are more likely to be victimized as we are not quite so sprite in our stride and our replies to ward people away that prey on us who are doing the best we can to cope with difficult situations.

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