- What is Lyrica (pregabalin)?
- Is Lyrica (pregabalin) available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for Lyrica (pregabalin)?
- Why is Lyrica (pregabalin) prescribed to patients?
- What are the side effects of Lyrica (pregabalin)?
- What is the dosage for Lyrica (pregabalin)?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with Lyrica (pregabalin)?
- Is Lyrica (pregabalin) safe to take during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about Lyrica (pregabalin)?
What is Lyrica (pregabalin)?
Lyrica (pregabalin) is an oral medication that is chemically related to gabapentin (Gralise, Neurontin). It is used for treating pain caused by neurologic diseases such as postherpetic neuralgia as well as seizures. It also is used for treating fibromyalgia.
Is Lyrica (pregabalin) available as a generic drug?
Do I need a prescription for Lyrica (pregabalin)?
Why is Lyrica (pregabalin) prescribed to patients?
Lyrica is used for:
- Neuropathic pain associated with diabetic peripheral neuropathy or postherpetic neuralgia
- Spinal cord injury
- In combination with other drugs to treat partial onset seizures in adults
- Treating fibromyalgia
What are the side effects of Lyrica (pregabalin)?
SIDE EFFECTS WARNING:
- Antiepileptic medications have been associated with increased risk of suicidal thinking and behavior. Anyone considering the use of antiepileptic drugs must balance this risk of suicide with the clinical need. Patients who are started on therapy should be closely observed for clinical worsening, suicidal thoughts, or unusual changes in behavior.
The most common side effects of Lyrica are
- dry mouth (xerostomia),
- edema (accumulation of fluid),
- blurred vision,
- double vision (diplopia),
- weight gain,
- fatigue (tiredness),
- abnormal gait (ataxia),
- tremor, and
- difficulty concentrating.
Other side effects include
- increased appetite,
- myoclonus (sudden, involuntary jerking of a muscle or muscle groups),
- heart failure,
- low blood pressure,
- reduced blood platelet counts, and
- increased blood creatinine kinase levels.
Increased creatinine kinase can be a sign of muscle injury, and in clinical trials three patients experienced rhabdomyolysis (severe muscle injury). Therefore, patients should report unexplained muscle pain, tenderness or weakness to their doctors, especially if associated with fever and malaise (reduced well-being). Lyrica has rarely been associated with angioedema (swelling of the face, tongue, lips, and gums, throat and larynx).
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