pregabalin, Lyrica

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GENERIC NAME: pregabalin

BRAND NAME: Lyrica

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: 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. The mechanism of action of pregabalin is unknown. Pregabalin binds to calcium channels on nerves and may modify the release of neurotransmitters (chemicals that nerves use to communicate with each other). Reducing communication between nerves may contribute to pregabalin's effect on pain and seizures. The FDA approved pregabalin in December 2004.

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: No.

PREPARATIONS: Capsules: 25, 50, 75, 100, 150, 200, 225, and 300 mg. Oral Solution: 20 mg/ml

STORAGE: Pregabalin should be stored at room temperature, from 15C to 30C (59F to 86F).

PRESCRIBED FOR: Pregabalin is used for neuropathic pain associated with diabetic peripheral neuropathy or postherpetic neuralgia, spinal cord injury, and in combination with other drugs to treat partial onset seizures in adults. It also is used for treating fibromyalgia.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/21/2014



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