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Wellstuffit: Came off Lyrica / pregabalin


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I used to be in the lyrica survivors group on facebook.  Today I am celebrating 2 years of being completely off lyrica.  It has been a struggle and felt like hell from the withdrawals I suffered anxiety, depression, bad thoughts, severe icy chills, loud tinnitus and seizures.  I still have severe icy chills, loud tinnitus and funny turns.  I am now coming off atorvastatin on advice of my doctor seems lyrica could have caused my cholesterol problems.  I am getting my memory and brain back so looked at the side effects of atorvastatin and found they might be responsible for my extra pain in my muscle and joints along with several other side effects.  Been going through a lot with Mum moving into a nursing home after she ended up with a massive stroke she was my carer for all my withdrawals especially my seizures now she is a prisoner in her own body as she can't move or talk.

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Welcome to SA @Wellstuffit


I am sorry you have had to go through the withdrawal but I am so glad that you are coming on the other end of it. Wishing you continued and fast improvement. 


It is not easy caring for an ailing mom and it must be even harder when you are going through withdrawal yourself. Do you have support yourself? 


Here is the topic where the Facebook Lyrica group survivors can find each other if you wanted to hang out with them. 

We ask that each member completes a drug signature here so we are able to advise them and keep a record of their history. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask them and a moderator will be here to help. 



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Aug  2000 - July 2003 (ct, 4-6 wk wd) , citalopram 20 mg,  xanax prn, wellbutrin for a few months, trazodone prn 

Dec 2004 - July 2018 citalopram 20 mg, xanax prn (rarely used)

Aug 2018 - citalopram 40 mg (self titrated up)

September 2018 - January 2019 tapered citalopram - 40/30/20/10/5 no issues until a week after reaching 0

Feb 2019 0.25 xanax - 0.5/day (3 weeks) over to klonopin 0.25 once a day to manage severe wd

March 6, reinstated citalopram 2.5 mg (liquid), klonopin 0.25 mg for sleep 2-3 times a week

Apr 1st citalopram 2.0 mg (liquid), klonopin 0.25 once a week (off by 4/14/19- no tapering)

citalopram (liquid) 4/14/19 -1.8 mg, 5/8/19 - 1.6 mg,  7/27/19 -1.5 mg,  8/15/19 - 1.35, 2/21/21 - 1.1 (smaller drops in between), 6/20/21 - 1.03 mg, 8/7/21- 1.025, 8/11/21 - 1.02, 8/15/21 - 1.015, 9/3/21 - 0.925 (fingers crossed!), 10/8/21 - 0.9, 10/18/21 - 0.875, 12/31/21 - 0.85, 1/7/22 - 0.825, 1/14/22 - 0.8, 1/22/22 - 0.785, 8/18/22 - 0.59, 12/15/2022 - 0.48, 2/15/22 - 0.43 (holding for now).


Supplements: magnesium citrate and bi-glycinate

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