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Why does lyrica (pregabalin) cause weight gain?

Why does lyrica (pregabalin) cause weight gain?

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.

Dr. Michael Rothman
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Weight Gain (Definition)

Weight gain is an increase in body weight. This can be a result of increases to muscle mass, increases in body fat, or increases in body fluids like water. Occasionally, weight gain can be a symptom of ...Read more


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Can Horizant cause weight gain like lyrica (pregabalin)?

Yes: A potential side effect is weight gain. If this is concern regarding a current medication or prospective medication, please be sure to discuss with your provider.

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Does lyrica (pregabalin) cause weight gain or it just makes u eat more? Cuz I had sleeve gastrectomy and in 2 weeks I lose only 1 kilo, would it be cuz of lyrica (pregabalin)?

Does lyrica (pregabalin) cause weight gain or it just makes u eat more? Cuz I had sleeve gastrectomy and in 2 weeks I lose only 1 kilo, would it be cuz of lyrica (pregabalin)?

Why you are using?: Is it for convulsions, or neuralgia, or for myalgia., your weight gain is likely not from Lyrica (pregabalin) if think it is, look for alternative medication.. Just by under- going sleeve resection is not enough loose weight, you have to reduce the caloric intake, regular exercises and work out is needed. Speak to your surgeon.

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

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

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.

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

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

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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I have been doing research. From clinical trials, seems that lyrica (pregabalin) causes weight gain much more often than neurontin. Yes?

Probably so.: Weight gain listed as mild to moderate for both but Lyrica (pregabalin) appears to be more. As with any medication must weigh the benefits and adverse effects and manage the adverse effects to the extent possible. A good life skills approach is important for everyone, especially if faced with issues like medical conditions and medications, and can assist weight mx and other health parameters. Best regards.

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Which of the following causes weight gain, lexapro remeron lyrica (pregabalin) or amityripiline despite exercising and dieting. Many thanks?

Which of the following causes weight gain, lexapro remeron lyrica (pregabalin) or amityripiline despite exercising and dieting. Many thanks?

Weight gain: Can be a side effect from any of these meds, but remeron (mirtazapine) causes more patients to gain more weight than the others, with amitriptyline also being more notorious for weight gain. This is not to say that remeron (mirtazapine) or amitriptyline causes weight gain in everyone or that the others won’t cause these side effects. Depression, and other meds, can also cause folks to have difficulty with weight gain.

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Is there a medication that's as effective as pregabalin for muscle pain but doesn't cause weight gain?

Yes: There are a variety of other medications besides pregabalin. Check with you physician but they all have potential side effects but can help with muscle spasm- examples include Zanaflex (tizanidine) and baclofen.

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Could stopping exercising cause weight gain?

Could stopping exercising cause weight gain?

Yes: Yes of course... If you stop exercising and take in more calories than you are expending (now that you have stopped aerobically exersising) than weight gain is a definite possibility (unless u began dieting seriously @ similar time). Best of luck!

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Can ecp cause weight gain?

Can ecp cause weight gain?

ECP: What do you mean by ECP? Emergency Contraception Pill? External Counterpulsation? Extracorporeal Photochemotherapy? Etc.? Just not sure what you mean. Please clarify meaning using words vice acronym and re-ask.

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Does apri cause weight gain?

Does apri cause weight gain?

Yes: Like many oral contraceptives, Apri can cause increased weight and appetite. Discuss with pcp/gyn whether a different oc might have less effect on weight. Watch caloric intake. Drink water before meal to reach satiety more quickly. Exercise 20-30 minutes daily to counter added weight.

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Can stress cause weight gain?

Can stress cause weight gain?

Stress leads to +lbs: Stress leads to a number of various changes in the body that can cause weight gain. Stress increases cortisol levels which can increase the amount of weight around the waistline. Also, most people eat poorly under stress which increases weight. Stress also causes insomnia which often leads to overeating during the day.

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Can biotin cause weight gain?

Can biotin cause weight gain?

Haven't heard of it: Haven't heard of biotin causing weight gain. Haven't heard of any of the common over-the-counter vitamins causing weight gain.

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Can stress cause weight gain?

Can stress cause weight gain?

Stress: Absolutely! . Food can be resorted to, to calm self & provide comfort under stress.

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Can codeine cause weight gain?

Can codeine cause weight gain?

Very rare.: Not much more to say. All medications have side effects but weight gain is listed as very rare for codeine. If you experience weight gain with no other changes is medications or lifestyle then this may be a side effect and should be discussed with you physician.

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