I was prescribed Lyrica back in 2011. If you have seen a Lyrica commercial then you know it is used for diabetic nerve pain. It is also given to people who suffer from Fibromyalgia. I have not been diagnosed with either of those illnesses. I do suffer from nerve pain stemming from the injuries I sustained when I was assaulted at work in 2007.
The side effects I experienced from Lyrica were dizziness, drowsiness, weight gain, blurred vision, dry mouth and it also added to my constipation. For a long time I thought Lyrica was the source of this red, raised rash I have on the left side of my face. I stopped taking Lyric months ago but the rash persists. I guess Lyrica was not the culprit.
Cymbalta has many of the same side effects as the other medications I was taking such as, constipation, drowsiness and tiredness. It also made me lose my appetite (not that it made any change in my weight). The funny thing about Cymbalta is it can also cause depression, anxiety and nerve pain. Yes you read that right. Cymbalta can cause the very things I was taking it to get rid of.
People told me that getting off of Lyrica was going to be hard because it is a controlled substance. I did not experience any aggravating side effects when I stopped taking Lyrica. Cymbalta is an entirely different story.
Withdrawal from Cymbalta was a *!?@&!!! I was itchy all over. Everything hurt. I couldn’t sleep. I was antsy and could barely sit still. I was miserable! This went on for a few days. Now I know why it is so hard for addicts to stop taking drugs. If you know you will have to experience the craziness I went through (or worse) you would do whatever you can to keep it from happening. It was funny to me when people would ask me if there was something I could do to help with the withdrawal. Of course there was something I could do. I could take the medicine. Duh! But that was not an option for me. So I had to tough it out until I evened out. Believe me it was no picnic and I hope to never have to go through that again.
I have a new found respect for anyone who kicks a drug habit (be it prescription or recreational drugs) because I know how difficult it is. You have to be really committed. Extremely committed!