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I have had horrible side effects from taking pregabalin

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I have had horrible side effects from taking pregabalin instead of amatryptiline which i hhave taken for over 20 years but came off after only 2 weeks. I am now going back to amatryptiline. Will the side effects soon subside?
JA: Have you seen a doctor about this yet? What medications are you taking?
Customer: I changed by pain medication from amitryptiline to pregabalin some weeks ago after being on the former for over 20 years. I have had horrible side effects & am now returning to the latter. Will I feel better soon?
JA: What medications do you take daily? Are you allergic to any medications?
Customer: I am not taking anything else for the nerve pain, but do also take candesartan
JA: Is there anything else the Doctor should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: I don't think so
Submitted: 11 days ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Anthony Osula replied 11 days ago.

Thanks for using just answer

What side effects are you having?

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Customer: replied 11 days ago.
I also take 12mg candesartan daily
Expert:  Anthony Osula replied 11 days ago.

I asked about side effects

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
Anxiety, sweating, nausea
Customer: replied 11 days ago.
How wlill i receivebyour relpy
Expert:  Anthony Osula replied 11 days ago.

Through here the same way you've been getting my reply

Expert:  Anthony Osula replied 11 days ago.

So you stopped pregabalin few weeks ago?

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
I took the last one 100mg today after being on them sine 03/10/2121 . i went up to 300mg per day but have cut down gradually over the last 23 weeks & have reintroduced amatrytiline.
Expert:  Anthony Osula replied 11 days ago.

3/10/2121?

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
That shoul have been. 03/10/2021
Expert:  Anthony Osula replied 11 days ago.

Please clarify

So you stopped amitriptyline 2 weeks ago, and started pregabalin on 3/10/2021 I assume

So were you taking both together at same time initially?

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
Sorry! I stopped taking 50mg dailyamatryptiline on 16 /10/2021
Expert:  Anthony Osula replied 11 days ago.

So if you took pregabalin today, you've not actually stopped it as you took one today. It means you stop tomorrow

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
I stopped the pregabalin today
Customer: replied 11 days ago.
Please can you comment on the side effects i described
Expert:  Anthony Osula replied 11 days ago.

You took your last tab today but you stop it tomorrow. Stopping is not taking it at all in our medical world.

In terms of side effects, thats difficult to predict as everybody's phyisology is different

It can take anything from few days to 3 weeks

Expert:  Anthony Osula replied 11 days ago.

No one can give you a specific date for side effects to stop for any medication, thats impossible.

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
I realise that we areall different. I just hope that amatrytiline, even if i have to increase the dose will return me to calmness, even if not quite so effective for the nerve pai (vulvadynia)
Expert:  Anthony Osula replied 11 days ago.

You just have to ride it out and let your body recover

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
Thank you.
Expert:  Anthony Osula replied 11 days ago.

You are welcome