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......Tommy Tuppence 2000-2012 and a half share of Faith.
Japanese Chins.... Dandy, Benny, Bridgette and Hana.