Just picked up my prescription for Lyrica today. I'm about to switch over to it, as an alternative to gabapentin (which I've been taking for 2-3 years), partly because Dr. B feels it is better absorbed. I also am on the 2 mg Neupro patch.
A few questions about Lyrica:
- What time(s) of day do you take it? And please state whether you take it to control evening/night symptoms only, or are looking for 24-hour control. (Mine are mostly evening/night.)
- How long does it take to take effect - i.e., 30 minutes? 1 hour? 2?
- How long does it last? i.e., 4 hours? 6? 8?
- I.e., does Lyrica have similar time to take effect, and half-life in the body, as gabapentin?
I'm having the devil of a time trying to get this info online, since Lyrica is not approved for RLS, so it's off-label. It generally seems to be taken round-the-clock for other indications (control of pain, etc.). But I mostly need it for evenings/nights: I have been taking gabapentin 1-2 hours before bedtime. (Note: I tried Horizant, but it lasted too long into the next day, making me fuzzy-headed. I'm hoping Lyrica will not last as long. )