Originally Posted by Charlifarley
I wonder why your vet thinks Lyrica should be given four times daily?
Clare Rusbridge prescribed 75mg twice daily for Tommy who is a big cavalier at 11.8kg.
Tommy is not insured and as the capsules of Lyrica are near enough the same price whatever the strength, I asked my vet to prescribe half a 150mg capsule twice a day.
I pay approximately £I.65 per tablet at Tesco. A total of just over £46 for 28 days supply.
For quite some time I had to explain to anxious young pharmacists that I knew I could actually get Lyrica in 75mg capsules, I knew that splitting capsules was not recommended, but as my dog was not insured I needed to reduce the cost of this long term illness as much as possible.
I think they may now have put a note on their files as they have stopped voicing their concerns.
The private prescription has recently gone up to about £12 but for the first time the last prescription allowed for six repeats. ( My local vet saw me on the CavalierMatters stand at Discover Dogs, we had a long talk about SM, & I think that may have stood me in good stead )
I pinch and score the capsule between my fingernails, where the join of the capsule runs round the middle and I very slowly cut along the scored middle, while carefully twisting the capsule, until both halves separate( this seems to stop the very fine powder from suddenly spurting out )
Both halves are placed in small amounts of cream cheese that are already waiting in two small dishes and I use more cream cheese to seal over the halves.
The DIY division of powder seems to have worked okay so far and Lyrica has made such a difference. Tommy seldom paws at my legs for attention and comfort now, the myclonic jerking has all but gone, and he is much less restless now.
Cavaliers......Faith, The Ginger Tank and Woody.
Japanese Chins.... Dandy, Benny, Bridgette and Hana.
Remembered with love......... Tommy Tuppence and Fonzi