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Neicey: Lyrica Withdrawal "Hell"


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Was on 13 yrs, got off due to side effects, tapered off slowly, was taking 150mg 3 x's a day. Last dose was 10/28/2016. It has been nine weeks of pure hell, Burning and tingling skin and insomnia. For one week had hot and cold flashes and night sweats. Can someone please, OMG, help me and tell me when this nightmare will stop. Going to see my GP and my neurologist that put me on this next week l. "HELP".

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Neicey -- Welcome to Surviving Antidepressants (SA)


I'm sorry to read that you are experiencing such difficult symptoms. It sounds very much like your CNS (central nervous system) is working overtime to adapt to a dramatic change in Lyrica dose.  We call this withdrawal syndrome. You can learn more about that at these links:

What is withdrawal syndrome  

How your brain responds to psychiatric drugs - aka "Brain remodeling"

Youtube video, 4 minutes: Healing from antidepressants


Are you taking any other medications -- prescription, over-the-counter, or street drugs -- for any reason?


Are you taking any supplements-- vitamins, minerals, herbal or homeopathic remedies?


Would you post more detail about your taper off Lyrica?

  • Your starting dose was 150 mg 3x/day. When did you start to taper?
  • You took your last dose on Oct. 28, 2016.  How many mg was that last dose?
  • What were the intermediate dosages between your starting point and your last dose?
Most people experience diminishing symptoms over time. Unfortunately it's almost impossible to predict how long it will take for any given person. :(


Many people find taking magnesium and/or fish oil helpful while going through withdrawal. If you choose to try that, pick one of them and start at a low dose then work your way up as you monitor your symptoms. You can read more about them in these threads.

Omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil)

Magnesium, nature's calcium channel blocker


I hope you'll find the information in the SA forums helpful for your situation. I'm sorry that you are in the position that you need the information, but am glad that you found us.

This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.
1997-1999 Effexor; 2002-2005 Effexor XR 37.5 mg linear taper, dropping same #beads/week with bad results

Cymbalta 60 mg 2012 - 2015; 2016: 20 mg to 7 mg exact doses and dates in this post; 2017: 6.3 mg to  0.0 mg  Aug. 12; details here

scallywag's Introduction
Online spreadsheet for dose taper calculations and nz11's THE WORKS spreadsheet

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On ‎12‎/‎30‎/‎2016 at 12:12 PM, Neicey said:

Going to see my GP and my neurologist that put me on this next week l. "HELP".

Nicey how did the GP visit go. Any joy.

We haven't heard from you for almost a year now. 

Any update?

Thought for the day: Lets stand up, and let’s speak out , together. G Olsen

We have until the 14th. Feb 2018. 

URGENT REQUEST Please consider submitting  for the petition on Prescribed Drug Dependence and Withdrawal currently awaiting its third consideration at the Scottish Parliament. You don't even have to be from Scotland. By clicking on the link below you can read some of the previous submissions but be warned many of them are quite harrowing.


Please tell them about your problems taking and withdrawing from antidepressants and/or benzos.

Send by email to petitions@parliament.scot and quote PE01651 in the subject heading. Keep to a maximum of 3 sides of A4 and you can't name for legal reasons any doctor you have consulted. Tell them if you wish to remain anonymous. We need the numbers to help convince the committee members we are not isolated cases. You have until mid February. Thank you

Recovering paxil addict

None of the published articles shed light on what ssri's ... actually do or what their hazards might be. Healy 2013. 

This is so true, with anything you get on these drugs, dependance, tapering, withdrawal symptoms, side effects, just silent. And if there is something mentioned then their is a serious disconnect between what is said and reality! 

  "Every time I read of a multi-person shooting, I always presume that person had just started a SSRI or had just stopped."  Dr Mosher. Me too! 

Over two decades later, the number of antidepressant prescriptions a year is slightly more than the number of people in the Western world. Most (nine out of 10) prescriptions are for patients who faced difficulties on stopping, equating to about a tenth of the population. These patients are often advised to continue treatment because their difficulties indicate they need ongoing treatment, just as a person with diabetes needs insulin. Healy 2015

I believe the ssri era will soon stand as one of the most shameful in the history of medicine. Healy 2015

Let people help people ... in a natural, kind, non-addictive (and non-big pharma) way. J Broadley 2017



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