You can't (shouldn't?) just start taking the full dose of Lyrica right away and you also can't just stop cold turkey. It's one of those drugs that has to build in your system and my doctor told me to give it four weeks to see results. The fun part is that while it can take weeks to work, the side effects start right away. Common side effects include:
Today is my first day of taking the full dosage and I'm a little concerned that I've been left in charge of two other human lives. I've never taken a medication that had "confusion" as a possible side effect, and I haven't been missing out.
|"Huh, what?" is my new motto|
I don't really feel "high" but I don't really feel like my normal self either. It's weird.
I'm already pretty sensitive to drugs that cause drowsiness so when you combine that with the baby's awful sleep, I'm really struggling to keep my eyes open.
The very helpful Lyrica website says that on average, the sleepiness symptom persisted in patients like me (who take the drug for a spinal cord injury) for only 1.5 weeks. I just have to gut it out and hope that the symptom subsides. For some people, the side effects never subside, which will really bode well for my children's future.
There is no real point to this post other than warning you to perhaps lower your expectations for my blog posts for the next week or so. I may just end up falling asleep at my computer like an 80 year old watching the 6pm news and only half write a blog post. That may or may not have happened yesterday.
If this drug actually works, this will all be worth it. If it doesn't, that will just fit in nicely with my luck so far. It would be just hilarious if I go through all these side effects and still end up needing another series of spine injections in the near future.
It's a really good thing I don't have an actual job where higher thinking or adult conversation is required. My kids don't even notice my diminished mental capacity and it actually helps me tolerate watching an episode of "Peppa Pig" with them. I don't understand why that pig has to be British. We didn't fight the Revolutionary War for our kids to grow up saying things with an English accent because of Peppa Fucking Pig.
Maybe I should rescind that statement about how I'm now tolerating that show.
What's the worst medication you've ever had to take? Before this, I would say the intense high dose antibiotic regimen I had to do when I had an infection in my stomach lining. That was no fun at all, but at least it was short.