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Review: could Lyrica cause Irritability?





Summary: Irritability is found among people who take Lyrica, especially for people who are female, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for 1 - 6 months, also take medication Cymbalta, and have Fibromyalgia.

We study 64,346 people who have side effects while taking Lyrica from FDA and social media. Among them, 411 have Irritability. Find out below who they are, when they have Irritability and more.

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Lyrica

Lyrica has active ingredients of pregabalin. It is often used in fibromyalgia. (latest outcomes from Lyrica 66,558 users)

Irritability

Irritability has been reported by people with depression, quit smoking, pain, stress and anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.(latest reports from Irritability 23,359 patients)

On Nov, 26, 2014: 64,323 people reported to have side effects when taking Lyrica. Among them, 411 people (0.64%) have Irritability.

Trend of Irritability in Lyrica reports

Time on Lyrica when people have Irritability * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Irritability35.29%35.95%8.50%10.46%5.88%3.92%0.00%

Gender of people who have Irritability when taking Lyrica * :

FemaleMale
Irritability70.45%29.55%

Age of people who have Irritability when taking Lyrica * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Irritability0.00%0.00%0.66%5.46%15.72%24.24%24.02%29.91%

Severity of Irritability when taking Lyrica ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Irritability0.00%44.44%33.33%22.22%

How people recovered from Irritability ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Irritability0.00%0.00%100.00%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Fibromyalgia (108 people, 26.28%)
  2. Pain (107 people, 26.03%)
  3. Depression (100 people, 24.33%)
  4. Neuralgia (90 people, 21.90%)
  5. Anxiety (63 people, 15.33%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Cymbalta (86 people, 20.92%)
  2. Neurontin (64 people, 15.57%)
  3. Atenolol (40 people, 9.73%)
  4. Simvastatin (39 people, 9.49%)
  5. Prozac (37 people, 9.00%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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    Neuropathic pain debuted when I was 24, now I'm 50. Received diagnosed with Ehler-Danlos syndrome (EDS), joint hypermobility type, when I was 35 years old. So it can take some time to get a diagnose. And as EDS-patient I do not belong to any clinic. Orthopedics says that EDS is not orthopedic, rheumatology says that EDS is not an autoimmune disease, GPs say that EDS is too difficult, and so on. Sooner or later we all end up at Psychiatry, even if we are not depressed.

    The first kind of pain I got when I was 24 came from low back, but I experienced as pelvic pain and leg pain. It was clearly a neuropathic pain, but it took years to find out. Later it was treated by a pain clinic with cortisone around the genitofemoral nerves (both sides). Since this treatment didn't result in lasting freedom from pain, the pain clinic started to give me RF (radio frequency) treatment. This made the pain disappeared after one year, and I was 80% free from it between 2002 and 2014, 12 years. The pain doctors said pain could return after 10 years.

    The other kind of neuropathic pain started 2003 with intense stomach pain. During 6 months I could hardly eat nothing due to nausea and vomiting. After this 6 months, stomach pain changed to almost unbearable pain in upper back.
    What happened 2003, and what all the doctors missed, was that the right lowest ribs slid up over the sternum. This rib dislocation is till there today, but now with a lot of cartilage formed around the rib where it is stuck in the lower end of the sternum. The dislocation is clearly visible on X-ray. This has greatly affected the thoracic spine. I have a scoliosis which I had not before 2003. And I still have severe pain in the thoracic spine.

    It was initially treated with morphine daily, and later with Durogesic (fentanyl), but this didn't help much. 2005 I was hospitalized because I had too much pain to take care of myself and my hygiene. After some months the doctors started to give me clonazepam because the muscles along the spine was in a chronic seizures. Clonazepam helped, but I could still have a lot of pain in two vertebrae in the thoracic spine. It felt as if someone drilled into the vertebrae without anesthesia. After a few months, doctors also prescribed me methadone. Then the pain disappeared almost completely. Since 2006, I have eaten clonazepam and methadone every day, and I need to sleep in an armchair to not get more pain because of moving during sleep.

    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.

    Beside weight gain and leg edema, clonazepam and Lyrica significantly affect the sexual desire. And Lyrica alone makes it almost impossible to ejaculate. All four drugs together (clonazepam, methadone, amitryptiline and Lyrica), make one forget all about sex life. You don't even miss it. When I stopped with amitryptiline and lowered Lyrica (still taking clonazepam and methadone), I could suddenly easily get erections again, feel desire, but not getting orgasms. This is quite difficult to deal with.

    The pain pattern is greatly affected, by pain and by the medicines. So is the mood. I get something which feels like heavy depression, especially if I take the medicines late that day. I should take a medicine like methadone 3 times a day, because the effects of the tablet lasts around 8 hours. But I take them every 12 hours, to have a low consumption in case doctors prescribe them too late (which happens, and then it's good to have a spouse going to the pharmacy buying them for you, because you have too much pain to go yourself).

    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.

    I wanted to share this because I think I am alone in the world with these medicines in combination against neuropathic pain caused by hypermobile joints, joint dislocation and muscle spasms. After trying almost everything else, including surgery cutting nerves, methadone, clonazepam and Lyrica seems to be the only way to kill my pain. But it's a life where you always is questioned, because of the use of methadone. I can guarantee that everybody in the world should accept these medicines if they had experienced the unbearable pain I had in upper back before they started to give me clonazepam and methadone.
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    I had taken Ortho Novum 777 from the age of 18 to 28 stopping in-between pregnancies. I had 3 children between the ages of 21 and 29.

    In my early 30's I decided to stop taking birth control pills simply because I 'thought' it would be a healthier thing to do for my body. I did know that unless I was taking Ortho Novum that my period were not the standard 28 day routine. They were irregular and would be anywhere from 28 to 38 days. The longer the time in between periods the worse the pms symptoms would be. My theory is most likely because of the extended time between when I perceived a period and when I actually got it. It could very well have been psychosomatic but when my period would finally arrive, irritability and bloating would subside within a day or two. It was like a reset button and relief. I was calmer, more rational, even Kiel and motivated.

    In addition to the irregular pattern of my periods when off if birth control pills I also experienced pms twice a month. It would happen mid month when I was ovulating. The ovulation would be uncomfortable, I'd feel bloated again, and the cramps were painful. I'd move from ovulation week of irritability to PMS week of even greater irritability. I'd be waiting and counting down til my period was suppose to happen in anticipation of relief.

    I remember age 32 being significant for some reason. Upon reflecting back over the years while seeking treatment for a solution out of the psyco cycle I remember referring to age 32 as the year that things were never the same as they were in my 20's.

    Mid 30's I had asked my ob/gyn if I could go back on the Ortho Novum 777. I was told that I was too old. This was early 2000's, 2003 or 2004. I was given a different birth control pill that he recommended and I tried that for a while but it wasn't making things better and I don't remember the exact details. I tried bio identical hormones... That wasn't really helpful either, it was more work and a long process that I stuck with for at least a year trying to get the formula right. I finally threw the towel in on that.

    Then a different ob/gyn suggested I try progesterone only. He prescribed a pink round ball of a pill. I was to take it the last 10 days of the month. I tried that for 3 or 4 months, it wasn't making things better... in fact I think it made it worse. Then I went cold turkey again for the better part of a year. At age 37, after not finding a doctor that was helping the situation I decided to find a doctor in AZ. I live full time in CA but had a vacation home in AZ so I thought I'd try that for a change.

    I did find a doctor and she prescribed yaz 24 day. She said it should help me as it has helped many other women. I took the yaz for a little better than a year and psychologically I thought I had a winner! This doctor sounded like she knew my problems and that this was the solution. Alas it was not. I remember feeling the most depressed is ever felt. I didn't think it had anything to do with the yaz, I figured it was just life. When I returned to that doctor after a year I explained my situation. She then recommended that I get an ablation!?! I was never a heavy bleeder and it makes no sense to have that done, but she sold me on the idea that it would help my problem. I realize now she was doing exactly that, selling. I'm sure it was a nice payment from the insurance company.

    None of my issues were solved. I had stopped taking the yaz or any birth control at that point. My period were non existent after boiling my uterus in boiling water, which is what the ablation is. And to this day my period is hardly worth talking about or being prepared for. It's spotting for a couple 3 days at best. With regard to my symptoms, the pms, pmdd, extreme irritability, depression all that stayed the same. I tried Seasonal for about 2 months and that was not good, it seemed to 'amp' the 'hot' - not physically hot but an irritable term I use to describe the upped level my nerves set at.

    I did exercise pretty regularly during all if this. The times I wasn't exercising were over the top as far as pmdd symptoms so that motivates you to get your rear to the gym. On the Yaz 24 day I knew something wasn't right. At day 14 I'd feel the symptoms if ovulation, not imagined but real. I was slightly irritable and had cramps for 2 to 3 days. At day 17, a Wednesday the irritability would ramp up and the depression would start to be present for the next 2 weeks.

    The following Wednesday was day 24, that was the last day of taking the pill. I did get a bit of relief after stopping the pill and 4 days later I resumed taking the next months pack on Sunday. The thing is I wouldn't get my period until Tuesday after I started the new pack? I know that my period should have happened between day 24 and 28 but it never did. It always started on day 31 or 32 and lasted 2 to 3 days. Then the whole cycle begins again with day 14.

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    Day 1 Sunday
    Day 3 or 4 Tuesday and my period would start.
    Day 5 or 6 my period ended
    Day 14 - Day 17 ovulation type cramping
    Day 17 irritability started ramping up into PMS, PMDD & Depression
    Symptoms were worse without exercise by at least 40%
    Day 24 Wednesday, last day of Yaz pack for the month
    Day 25 slight mood improvement
    Day 30-31 (same as Day 3/4above) period would start

    The ob/gyn expertise wasn't working, male or female. I went to my regular general practitioner for a check up and had done much research on the type of hormones in the Yaz, Yasmin and many others. I was convinced that I need to move over to Yasmin 21 day. It had a but more estrogen and it was only 21 instead of 24 days so worth a try.

    She asked me when the last time I felt 'normal' with regard to the hormones. I told her that as far as I can recall it was when I was in my 20's when I was taking the Ortho Novum 777. She said why don't we have you start taking that again! I was like, what? I explained I was told I could not take that because of my age and I thought some doctor had told me it had been discontinued years ago anyway. She said no, I can prescribe it to you, it's still available. I was a little excited about that. Maybe... just maybe that would be a solution for relief. My blood pressure is 100/70 always has been low, I don't smoke and I'm 5' 8", 150 pounds. She saw no reason for me not to try it again. We agreed that I would and if it didn't go well we'd try the Yasmin.

    I've been in the Ortho Novum, my package and brand saying Alyacen 7/7/7 for 3 weeks now. Today is Sunday and I stop taking active pills for 7 days now. At day 7 or so I noticed how much easier it was becoming to get out of bed in the morning. I began noticing I had an interest in getting something done. I didn't have a big heavy cloud urging me to just stay in bed. I started feeling alive again.

    The jury is still out and I have ordered a second months supply but I am deeply encouraged. During week 3 I have been crampier than on the yaz but in a very normal feeling way. Like my body is preparing for menstruation. I'm anticipating bleeding heavier than I'm used to, but in a good way. The cramping has been something I definitely notice much much more so but it's manageable. What I also notice is lack...... huge overwhelming lack of that horrible irritability. I'm more sensitive than weeks one and two but it's nothing by comparison. I've been more level headed, more 'normal'. Time will tell if this is my cure for the next 6 or so years but I'm extremely encouraged right now. I literally feel the best I have in years and there is some pretty crapy stressful things going on in my life. But I can handle them-

    Side note, I am a Type A personality. I am under a lot of stress running my own business often. I am a mother of 3 and a very capable woman. Watch out world if I'm back like my 20's nothing will stop me. I'm positive, excited and thankful for this moment.

    It stinks if this is this truly is the solution to my problem, as years of my life and those around me have been effected. But it does no good to look back I'm looking forward with great anticipation!

    Good Luck, I hope this monologue can help someone else just like me and I'll be saving a copy for future female generations of mine.

    God Bless
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