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I would like to stop taking Lyrica

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I would like to stop taking Lyrica
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 5 years ago.
Hello!

Do you take it for a pain relef problem? I always advise that it is best to work with your doctor in stoppping a medication. Lyrica is mainly used for seizures and for pain relief. I presume that it is the latter that you are wishing to stop the Lyrica for. What is the reason that you wish to stop it? Is it a problem that it is too expensive? (I'm curious and depending on the reason there may be an alternative)

I hope this information helps. Further questions are welcome if you have any.

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
I have been prescribed Lyrica for nerve pain in the hip, and down the leg caused by my back. ( Narrowing, and slippage, protrusion of L4 and L5).
I am already dealing with a weight gain due to inactivity since this
diagnosis in Nov. 08. I have been given Bumex for water retention also. I do not want the added side effects of water retention and weight gain. I don't think that the Lyrica is helping much either. It reduces my energy. I had a recent kidney infection this spring that required two courses of antibiotics and then I had the extra fluid problem.
I am taking the 50 mg pill daily. I know it isn't much, but I do respond well with medications.
Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 5 years ago.
Hello again!

Well it is not critical that you take the Lyrica. If you find that the pain is greater than you think off of it then you may always go back on it. It can cause fatigue as a side effect although this is usually less marked as you get used to the medication.

With the Bumex this med can cause profound depletion of potassium so I hope that you are taking the recommended potassium supplement along with this one.

There are different options as far as pain relief from a neuropathy such as you have. Continue to work with your doctors on this.

Good Luck,

Anthony Bray MD
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Can I stop the medication "cold turkey" or do I wean myself off it?
Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 5 years ago.
Hello!

It would be better to wean off if this is practical. If you take 75 mg twice a day then I would recommend that you decrease to 75mg at bedtime for one week , then off. If you take a higher amount then you should consult your doctor to help you taper off.

Best Regards,

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