Lyrica FAQs

What is Lyrica?

Lyrica is a prescription medicine used in adults, 18 years and older, to treat:

  • pain from damaged nerves (neuropathic pain) that follows healing of shingles (a painful rash that comes after a herpes zoster infection)
  • partial seizures when taken together with other seizure medicines

Lyrica has not been studied in children under the age of 18.

What are The Risks of Lyrica?

  • Dizziness and sleepiness. Do not drive a car, work with machines, or do other dangerous activities until you know how Lyrica affects your alertness. Ask your doctor when it is okay to do these activities.
  • Eyesight problems, including blurry vision. Call your doctor if you have any changes in your eyesight.
  • Weight gain may affect the management of diabetes, Weight gain and swelling can also be a serious problem for people with heart problems.
  • Unexplained muscle problems, such as muscle pain, soreness, or weakness. If you develop these symptoms, especially if you also feel sick and have a fever, tell your doctor right away.
  • The most common side effects with Lyrica include dizziness, blurry vision, weight gain, sleepiness, trouble concentrating, swelling of the hands and feet and dry mouth.