I started taking Lyrica the beginning of December and in a month’s time I have gained 8 pounds. I knew that weight gain was one of the side effects of Lyrica, but I didn’t worry about it because I have never gained weight on any other medications that had weight gain as a side effect (not that I can remember). This is very frustrating for me because I have been working out at the gym for the past month in order to lose weight. So if I wasn’t working out it’s hard to tell how much more weight I would have gained on the drug. When I gained 2 – 3 pounds I assumed it was from working out, turning fat into muscle. But last week when I was getting ready for work I noticed that my pants were really snug when normally I have to wear a belt with them. When I weighed myself, I had gained another five pounds in just a matter of a week.
That was the end of Lyrica for me. I’m sad to have to quit taking it because I was feeling more energy while on it. But I am already overweight and I can’t afford to gain anything else. I am also faithfully attending the gym 3 – 4 days a week to lose weight and get in shape. I really don’t need this setback right now. I would love to hear from other Lyrica users to see if weight gain was a problem for you. From what I’ve been reading online, weight gain has been a major setback for what was supposed to be the Fibromyalgia wonder drug. I haven’t experienced any other side effects from Lyrica besides the weight gain. I’ll miss taking it because I was able to sleep better while taking Lyrica.
Before stopping Lyrica or any other drug, please consult with your doctor and don’t stop taking Lyrica cold turkey. You will need to taper off of the medication, as with a lot of medications.
Lyrica Side Effects
Allergic reaction signs:
- breathing difficulty
- swelling of face, lips, tongue, throat
Call your doctor ASAP if you have any new or worsening symptoms such as:
- mood/behavior changes
- feelings of agitation, hostility, physically or mentally hyperactive
- thoughts of suicide or hurting self
- muscle pain and/or weakness (particularly if you feel tired and also have a fever)
- easy bruising and/or bleeding
- swelling of hands/feet
- rapid weight gain
Less severe side effects may include:
- loss of balance or coordination
- memory or concentration problems
- skin rash/itching
- dry mouth
- stomach pain/constipation
- increased appetite