Where to begin with this drug!
Pregabalin, marketed under the brand name Lyrica among others, is a medication used to treat epilepsy, neuropathic pain, fibromyalgia, restless leg syndrome, and generalized anxiety disorder. It is taken by mouth and is available only by prescription.
I started on 150mg pregabalin per day to help with my PTSD, 18 months later I was taking 600mg per day. I can honestly say, only the first couple of doses gave me any relief, after that it was a complete waste of time and detrimental to my health.
At 600mg per day, which is the maximum dose, this drug gave me no beneficial effects whatsoever, only some very nasty side effects (shortness of breath, chest pains, low mood, weight gain, rashes, bloating of the body, sweating, memory loss, hallucinating and seeing weird things out of the corner of my eye to name but a few).
The existing knowledge about the discontinuation of pregabalin is limited.
I knew it was time to come off this drug when it started to affect my speech, I’d randomly lose control of my mouth (I thought I was going to have a stroke!) so I discussed it with my GP, and tapered off completely within 4 weeks.
Withdrawing from pregabalin was a fairly grim experience, brutal at times. I lost 8kg in 3 months after I stopped taking pregabalin!