Top 20 Doctor insights on: Lyrica vs savella for fibromyalgia
Tried numerous meds for fibro like lyrica, cymbalta, gabapentin, savella (milnacipran). None work, not fibromyalgia?
Antidepressants: I have found antidepressants most helpful. Particularly ones that are dual action like Effexor (venlafaxine) and Cymbalta also tricyclics like nortriptyline. These help with sense of wellbeing and fatigue. Also getting good sleep helps. I use trazodone 50mg for this part. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I took affexor &lyrica for 1year but I stop medicine 3 mon ago since no pain. I ve some if I slept on hard mattress?
Is it preferable to continue having lyrica (pregabalin) for fibromyalgia? Now my pain is better. Should I replace it with another medicine after 4 months?
If it works, do it!: Fibromyalgia is generally forever. The cause of nerve hypersensitivity is unknown but fibromyalgia patients nerves do not function like other people's. If your pain is better on lyrica, (pregabalin) do not stop it unless you are having side effects. Temporary fluctuations in fibro pain occur but significant relief is to be treasured. If it ain't broke, don't "fix" it! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
For fibromyalgia flare ups. I exercise and have been on lyrica (pregabalin) & gabpetin. What would you suggest for short term flare ups that happen once a month?
Should I continue takin effector & lyrica (pregabalin) 75 mg even that I am now better from fibromyalgia. What if I stop them now. Should I take them all of my life?
I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and lyrica (pregabalin) doesn't work. The pain is overwhelming on and off, what is a natural way or another way to ease the pain?
Do I have to take venlax75mg and lyrica (pregabalin) 75mg as well, each 1 pill a day if I am diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I feel so much better. Take all my life long?
I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia 1 year ago. I tookeffexor 75 &lyrica (pregabalin) 75 one pill a day& I felt better. Now I stopped takin lyrica (pregabalin) but I am feelin pain?
Get back on Lyrica (pregabalin).: Lyrica (pregabalin) has been shown to be effective in treating fibromyalgia pain, but usual doses are 150 mg. Three times a day. Effexor is not shown to be effective but may improve your mood. Usual doses are around 300 mg. A day. It is pretty certain that 75 mg of Effexor will not be helpful for fibromyalgia pain. You must continue to take the Lyrica (pregabalin) to get benefit. ...Read more
It depends: Every fibromyalgia patient is different and a medicine that works for one patient may not work for another. Cyclobenzaprine (flexeril) is a muscle relaxant that belongs to a class of drugs called the tricyclic antidepressants. Lyrica (pregabalin) is a seizure medicine that is also used to treat pain. While many patients benefit from these medicines, others don't tolerate them. You will have to try. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It is individual: Lyrica (pregabalin) at night can help pain and improve sleep in some fm patients. However, Lyrica (pregabalin) does not help others and can cause side effects that limit effectiveness. Since all fm patients are different, individualized treatment is necessary. Find a provider who will work with you to find the most effective treatment for your fibromyalgia. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have a problem gaining weight on medications so is there anything else you can take for fibromyalgia other than Lyrica (pregabalin)? Thank you.
Yes there are: Unfortunately, weight gain is common with many of the oral medications used in the treatment of FBS. Medications in the same classes have differing degrees to which they contribute on an individual basis. Following is a list of different classes and examples of each: AED- Lyrica, (pregabalin) gabapentin, Topamax. TCA-Doxepin, amitriptyline. SNRI-Cymbalta, venlafaxine. Topamax often causes weight loss. ...Read more
I've fibromyalgia.1yr ago I took effexor/lyrica75for 8months &i felt better so I stopped for 3 months. Pain now come less so I take just lyrica& fine?
That's ok, just: Stayjust stay in touch with your doctor. It seems you know what works. Good luck. ...Read more
What do u mean by titrating meds from lower doses. I used to take effexor&lyrica 75mg one pill/day each coz of fibromyalgia. I used 2 stop meds 3months?
Talk to doc.: It is best to speak to the prescribing physician! Lyrica (pregabalin) is often begun at 75 mg twice daily for fibromyalgia. Effexor is often titrated, at least the xr formulation, beginning at 37.5 for one week, then 75mg for one week before further titration depending on the target dose. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How could I restart my meds of fibromyalgia because of recurrence of symptoms. I used to take effexor&lyrica 75mg each/day. How titrate from lower doses?
Talk to doc.: It is best to speak to the prescribing physician! Lyrica (pregabalin) is often begun at 75 mg twice daily for fibromyalgia. Effexor is often titrated, at least the xr formulation, beginning at 37.5 for one week, then 75mg for one week before further titration depending on the target dose. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia 1year ago. I took Effexor (venlafaxine) &lyrica 75mg a day. Two weeks ago I stopped taking medicine. I feel ok without it. Shall I do?
Yes: I do not now if all of these are fda approved, but these are the medications used. Narcotics are never appropriate for fibro. Anti seizure meds like Lyrica (pregabalin) and Neurontin are used. An snri (effexor, cymbalta, or savella) is a mainstay of treatment. Physical activity is very important as well. Physical therapy can be helpful. Muscle relaxants might be used as well. Stay active! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers