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Feeling depressed after taking lyrica. Took tramadol. Stomach pain with diarrhea. Are these related?

Since taking lyrica , my husband has been experiencing depression . He takes 150 mg at night along with 2 tramadol tablets. He did not take the lyrica lastnight because he thought it might be the source of his depression. This morning he woke up with stomach pains and diarhea. Is there any connection? He also had not eaten any food or taken any of his meds until about 2pm. He took 2 tramadol and went to sleep. He had horrible nightmares at that point. Any suggestions?
Asked On : Mon, 28 Jan 2013
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
Jun 2013
Hi there ~

Lyrica is not commonly associated with experiencing depression. However Tramadol, which is a pain medication is known to precipitate depression in some patients. Stomach pain and diarrhea when initiating any medication is common and usually goes aways in a week or two. Please be patient with these medications and always eat before taking your medications unless expressly advised not to do so by your doctor. Nightmares are not related to either of those medications and seem to be related to anxiety. I suggest that you see a physician if the problem persists.

Take care and I hope this helps.
Answered: Mon, 28 Jan 2013
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