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A 45-year-old member asked:

Why does neurontin and lyrica (pregabalin) cause you to weight gain?

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Dr. Douglas Laipple
Psychiatry 45 years experience
They don't.: But they don't usually cause weight gain either.

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A 22-year-old female asked:

Does Requip cause weight gain? Does Gabapentin cause weight gain? Does Lyrica (pregabalin) cause weight gain? Thanks!

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Dr. AUSTINA CHO
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Mostly Lyrica (pregabalin): Weight gain is more common with Lyrica (pregabalin) or Pregabalin then with Requip or Neurontin. One can counter this side effect with a healthy diet and regular exercise. Discuss your treatment options with your doctor.
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A 22-year-old female asked:

Why does lyrica (pregabalin) cause weight gain?

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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 37 years experience
Lyrica (pregabalin) and weight: Drowsiness, dry mouth, constipation, difficulty concentrating, swollen arms/legs, and weight gain are some common side effects. The weight gain mechanism is idiopathic and may occur related to dose and duration of exposure. Your doctor has prescribed Lyrica (pregabalin) because he/she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Hope it helps.
Mt Sinai, NY
A 28-year-old male asked:

Are there any medicines like Lyrica, (pregabalin) Cymbalta, and Gabapentin that don't cause weight gain?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 53 years experience
COMMENTS: Of the listed three, Cymbalta causes nausea in 40%, and is the least likely to cause weight gain. Savella (milnacipran) may be of value in pain syndromes such as fibromyalgia, and seems to also be less troublesome. A possible alternative to gabapentin could be Grailise or Horizant, and due to duration of action may be also less weight gain. The meds cause appetite change, so less caloric intake can prevent.
Last updated Apr 27, 2016

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