I hate the commercial for Lyrica

I have ALWAYS hated the Lyrica commerical. To me, it looked like the woman talking about her “widespread pain” just needed a shoulder massage and a pill and VOILA! She was well again and able to take part in her lifestyle unhindered. I took Lyrica for years. It’s an expensive drug that not all insurances will cover. When my husband changed jobs (and I could no longer work), his new benefits refused to cover my Lyrica. I was looking at paying over $200 a month for it, and there was no way we could afford it. I participated in a program that provided it to me free for a year but after that, I made the decision to stop taking it altogether. I have managed better than I thought I would, and I don’t miss the 40+ lbs I was packing (when they say weight gain is a side effect, they aren’t kidding!) But not for one minute, do I think that because I decided to stop taking Lyrica, that I am superior or in some way handling my illness better than another person with FMS who takes Lyrica or any other medication. Lyrica-free is working for me, but it might not work for someone else. Fibro effects different people in different ways. I cannot judge another’s pain. If I have learned ANYTHING from this illness, it is that simple fact.

This article includes a response from Pfizer, the manufacturer of Lyrica.  Included within is a link where you can give your suggestions for a new commercial.  What would you like to see highlighted in an ad for Lyrica?

If I could do a commerical for Lyrica, I would use REAL people with FMS, telling their real stories. (The Lyrica commercial for use for diabetic nerve pain does this!) I would show someone struggling to speak when they are suffering from Fibro Fog. I would show grown people waking up in the night with pain so severe in their legs that they cry like children, while they desperately massage their limbs or lurch around their bedrooms in an effort to walk off the pain. I would show people having an “all over migraine,” lying in a darkened room, with a bucket by the bed in case they puke, and an ice pack on their head, as well as other ice packs on the pressure points that are also on fire. But, most of all, I would show the looks on the faces of their disbelieving friends and family, as well as the disparaging and condescending comments of their co-workers and supervisors.

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10 comments

  1. My doctor won’t even put me on it (which I’m fine with) because I’m already having issues with weight and he feels that it would make me gain a ton of weight and make all of my symptoms worse. I’ve had my work pay raises limited due to missing work (even if I missed in part on FMLA leave) and would love something that actually helped without a lot of side effects that scare me. I do agree, they need REAL people, not those who act and make them look down on us.

  2. I am also someone who responds to Lyrica, and as you said not everyone does. But it isn’t a great benefit to be honest. Noticeable, but not awesome. And for me only on pain, nothing else. Also I developed peripheral neuropathy while on it, so I assume it doesn’t help with that… either that, or that is way worse than I actually feel. For me though I only had initial weight gain and none after… although I heard some people keep gaining, as my doctor had asked me about that. I gained from plenty others mind you.

    1. When I first started taking it, I was still working. I woke up one morning with my feet so swollen that I couldn’t get shoes on them. I had to call in (for the umteenth time that month) and my employer thought I was making up a lame excuse. I also got very stoned off Lyrica once, in the beginning. I hadn’t had any alcohol so I don’t know what happened there. Once my body got used to it, the swelling stopped. My eyesight has never been the same, tho. I can’t read or see up-close objects clearly without glasses now. 😦

    2. There seemed to be a lot of benefits in the beginning, and for the first couple of years that I was on Lyrica. It really helped with the burning ache in my arms/legs and with the RLS. But, after that time, it helped less and less. I think I clung to it for so long because I was mentally unprepared to be without it. It took awhile to become brave enough to put it down.

      1. I had more of a benefit on it in the beginning as well. My worst side effect was massive fatigue. I used to miss work because I was so groggy and confused in the morning I lost the concept of time and how to use an alarm clock. I had to split my dose into three times a day. Which I still do. I also could not go about 150mgs as it caused a massive amount of pain… so that was counterproductive. But I have not dared to go off of it even though it seems the benefits have worn off… or my pain has gotten worse. The doctor I asked about it said I might not like the results, but I really think that I might not even notice the difference. It seems my pain is what it used to be without it. But then my pain has gotten worse on some levels as well. I would hate to be on it if I don’t need to. Given how many bloody medications I take as is.

  3. I hate that commercial, too, for the same reasons. I also hated Lyrica. It didn’t help me, it only created more side effects that made me feel even worse.

    1. Julie, I hear you! When I was taking Lyrica, I couldn’t imagine being without it. I still had days where it seemed not to make a difference, but I thought, imagine how much worse this day would be without it! However, I ended up losing the ability to work anyway. So, how much was it really helping me? I made the decision to try to get by with only Vicodin. So far, it’s going ok. In the future, I may decide I need something more, but I hope not. I’d really like to ditch the Vicodin, too. But I’m not there, yet.

      1. I ended up going with gabapentin & have done well on it with no side effects. I take a moderate dose & can increase when things get really bad, which doesn’t happen too often anymore. Changing my diet has done more for me than all the meds combined.

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