Neurontin and Lyrica are a Death Sentence for New Brain Synapses

Exactly why I’m so glad to be off of it now!!! Lyrica is an awful, awful drug that made me gain so much weight and lose the ability to feel any pleasurable stimuli. My brain and my sense of self slowly floated further and further away. Now that I am successfully free, it’s like seeing in color again for the first time in years.

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These blockbuster drugs were approved for use even though the FDA had no idea what they actually did in the brain. A shocking new study shows that they block the formation of new brain synapses, drastically reducing the potential for rejuvenating brain plasticity – meaning that these drugs will cause brain decline faster than any substance known to mankind…

The researchers in the above study try to downplay the serious nature of the drugs by saying “adult neurons don’t form many new synapses.” That is simply not true. The new science is showing that brain health during aging relies on the formation of new synapses…

There’s no reason to be so alarmist about Lyrica and Neurontin.  Yes, patients need to be informed about the history of these drugs, especially since doctors don’t know how they work. In fact, one doctor who wanted to prescribe Lyrica for me told me…

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About Jessi Finds Out Fibro

Hi, and thank you for finding your way to my corner of the web! I'm on a journey to empower myself and hopefully others through shared courage and compassion. I write Finding Out Fibro, a chronic illness and chronic pain awareness blog that is not just about fibromyalgia, as well as my main passion and only employment, making jewelry and selling gems and crystals under the Etsy shop name MineralismCrystals. Please check me out at the following URL: and share if you can! Thank you for your support! My other hobbies include defeating ableism where I find it, upcycling old junk into funky awesomeness, raising my voice to combat stigma against invisible illness and mental illness, baking and collecting vintage kitchen ware, sharing body-positive messages, playing around in photoshop, abstract painting (especially in neons and metallics!), advocating for those living with chronic illnesses and mental health challenges, seeking safety and upholding visibility for LGBTQIA+ individuals, especially those of us living with physical and mental disabilities. This is my opportunity to do more than just survive with chronic illness. This is me learning how to live well, even though there is no cure for the war my body is waging on me.

2 responses to “Neurontin and Lyrica are a Death Sentence for New Brain Synapses”

  1. Tessa says :

    I just started taking a low dose of the generic Neurontin which is gabapentin. I took a much higher dose years ago.You never know who to believe. Doctors obviously don’t see any dangers.

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    • Jessi Finds Out Fibro says :

      I’ve been on Gabapentin, Gralise (extended release gabapentin), and Lyrica. Getting off of it has made my life so much better, but that’s not to say that would be true for everyone. I’m just the type of person who does poorly when I’m hindered artistically or in my thought-process, and since Lyrica certainly wasn’t helping either one of those things, and it wasn’t helping my pain, I asked to be taken off of it. I also gained 60 pounds on it and gabapentin starting about three years ago. I am finally losing weight now that I’m off of it. My doctor tried to tell me I was stuck with whatever weight Lyrica made me gain, but being put on something like that in your mid-twenties and then a year after the fact having doctors and nurses tell me I can’t get pregnant unless I’ve been off of it for a while, that if I had gotten pregnant on it I would have likely had a spontaneous abortion, and that I was gonna keep gaining weight while I was on it, none of those things were okay with me when I did find out about them. I would have never taken it in the first place if those things had been on the pamphlet I got or explained to me by my doctor. I did research Lyrica, but at the time, there was no mention of how it worked in the brain, just that at best guess it was a CNS depressant of some kind. I’m all for taking whatever helps you, I just have zero faith that these relatively new drugs are safer or more effective than the correct dose of opiates. But I also have some weird pharmacogenetic stuff going on, so most people don’t have to worry about what I do with pills. Doctors don’t see any harm in it because it’s all they are left with. They are told they are only allowed to prescribe anticonvulsants (lyrica, neurontin) and antidepressants for pain, and faced with a desperate patient in a ton of pain, they’re gonna give you the only option that they’ve been given. Or they will offer injections of corticosteroids or nerve blocks. I’m not so scared of Lyrica that I won’t still take it on an as-needed basis, but I honestly can’t tell the difference between taking it and not taking it, I just add it to my pile of pills on really bad days because, just like my doctors, that’s all I have to throw at it.
      Deciding what drugs to take or not take is a uniquely personal journey that only you can make the final decision on. I think if it works, if it works with your lifestyle, and you aren’t having intolerable side effects, then good for you, I’m glad! It just caused a lot of issues for me, issues I’m happy to report are starting to improve now that I’m nearly three months off of that drug. Best of luck to you!


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