Review: could Lyrica cause Hallucination (Hallucinations)?
Summary: Hallucination is found among people who take Lyrica, especially for people who are female, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take medication Neurontin, and have Pain.
We study 64,396 people who have side effects while taking Lyrica from FDA and social media. Among them, 774 have Hallucination. Find out below who they are, when they have Hallucination and more.
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Lyrica has active ingredients of pregabalin. It is often used in fibromyalgia. (latest outcomes from 66,603 Lyrica users)
Hallucination (an experience involving the perception of something not present) has been reported by people with depression, pain, parkinson's disease, quit smoking, high blood pressure. (latest reports from 30,196 Hallucination patients)
On Feb, 28, 2015: 64,396 people reported to have side effects when taking Lyrica. Among them, 774 people (1.20%) have Hallucination.
Time on Lyrica when people have Hallucination * :
|< 1 month||1 - 6 months||6 - 12 months||1 - 2 years||2 - 5 years||5 - 10 years||10+ years |
Gender of people who have Hallucination when taking Lyrica * :
Age of people who have Hallucination when taking Lyrica * :
Severity of Hallucination when taking Lyrica ** :
|least||moderate||severe||most severe |
How people recovered from Hallucination ** :
|while on the drug||after off the drug||not yet |
Top conditions involved for these people * :
- Pain (190 people, 24.55%)
- Neuralgia (184 people, 23.77%)
- Fibromyalgia (100 people, 12.92%)
- Depression (96 people, 12.40%)
- Neuropathy peripheral (89 people, 11.50%)
Top co-used drugs for these people * :
- Neurontin (147 people, 18.99%)
- Nexium (136 people, 17.57%)
- Aspirin (105 people, 13.57%)
- Oxycontin (98 people, 12.66%)
- Cymbalta (94 people, 12.14%)
* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.
** Reports from social media are used.
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I have gained about 35 pounds, and I have the cognitive effects listed in the prescribing information--problems with thinking and concentration." I've been off Lyrica once, and the side effects went away, but I couldn't get out of bed in the morning
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There are side effects. After 1,5 years with clonazepam and methadone I started to have panic attacks. Or rather one long panic attack which didn't stop before I got treatment with amitryptilin and pregabalin (Lyrica). These 2 medicines stopped the panic disorder completely after some hours, and the panic was then gone. Then I got side effects of these 2 medicines, amitryptilin & Lyrica, too. I gained a lot of weight (from 83 to 148 kg) and got much water (edema) in both my legs under the knees and in both feet. The feet could swallow to the double size. 2012 I stopped with amitryptilin and started to loose weight again (in Aug 2014 below 80 kg) and get less water in my legs. Today I eat as little medicines I can, but I have to take methadone, clonazepam and Lyrica every day, twice. If I try to take away one of these 3 medicines, I got pain problems at once. Lyrica is the most painful one to take away. In Sept-Dec 2013 I lowered Lyrica from 300 mg daily, to 150, then to 75 and finally 0 mg. The pain I had was extremely difficult to handle. It didn't help to take more methadone or anything else. I have checked on Internet and found that many people got pain from quitting with Lyrica. Most people start eating it again. So did I. But 2006 and 2007 it was enough to treat the pain with methadone and clonazepam, I got the Lyrica against anxiety not pain. But today I take Lyrica against pain.
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Since methadone is also used for treating heroine addicts, medical staff treat you with disrespect when they see that it says "methadone" in your health record. I need to show a certificate that says that I deal with chronic neuropathic pain, that I never have had problems with drug addiction, to get normal respect.
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droth on Feb, 1, 2015:
I was prescribed Lyrica due to chronic pain. I was also prescribed a different pain med, as well as something to assist with sleeping through the pain. I am writing this to share my experience in hopes that others may avoid my difficulties. I began to forget whether I had taken my meds or not, that was the first thing that I noticed. I then began to lose time, I did not remember what I had done, and where I was. I did not want to admit that I was losing control of myself, as I am a proud individual. My wife has told me things that I did, or did not do while taking these meds, and I do not remember most of what she has told me. One night we were watching a movie, and sometime after it was over I began to inquire, "when are we going to watch this movie, are we going to watch it or not?" I drove places and had no recollection of doing so. I have never had issues like this with ANY meds. When I attempted to recall what I did, and where I was, in most case my recall was limited to flashes of what had transpired. I forgot to pick up my children from school, and tried to make excuses and cover it up. This medicine is not to be taken lightly. Do yourself a favor and avoid consumption if possible. I am not proud of this but I felt obligated to share this in the hope that it may help someone in the future....
Funto on May, 15, 2014:
16 hour drive. If the lights were on, all was fine, but if the lights were off and all there was the headlights, things would jump out of the shadows into the center vision. Robotic birds, women in brown cloaks, always rushing forward. there was screaming and ducking of the head the whole time and forgetting to be driving. Startled as if just waking up.
This type of experience is with 500-800mg of lyrica and only with a dark setting or eyes closed. Day time, shadows would appear in the peripheral zone of vision or audio disturbances such as echos.
Ross Nazimov on Sep, 14, 2013:
Any of my fellow guinea pigs and unsuspecting experiments who risk the worst possible illness, decay, pain and death all for the good of mankind, you are all saints! Can anyone describe details of their trips to that netherworld? I am asking mostly because it might give me a guage to measure just how fucking insane I've become / being able to easily tell you whats real and whats the creepiest NOT! would be helpful and an added bonus as well...
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