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Active Ingredient(s): Pregabalin
FDA Approved: December 30, 2004
Pharm Company: CP PHARMS
Category: Pain Relief

Lyrica Overview

Pregabalin (INN) /præbln/ is an anticonvulsant drug used for neuropathic pain and as an adjunct therapy for partial seizures with or without secondary generalization in adults.[1] It has also been found effective for generalized anxiety disorder and is (as of 2007) approved for this use in the European Union and Russia.[1] It is effective at treating some causes of chronic pain such as fibromyalgia but not others. It is considered to have a low potential for abuse, and a limited dependen...

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How to taper off Lyrica
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I have been taking Pregabalin for 15 months at 150 mg daily. I had my hip replaced two months ago and no longer need the meds. How do I taper off, step by step, so as to minimize side effects? ## Lyrica is quite easy to come off. Your Dr could prescribe a lower dose for two weeks or what I did was drop one pill a day for two weeks, then two pills a day for two weeks and so on. I had a bit of a headache but no problem. ## Hello, Rod! How are you? And thanks to Eunie for your helpful response. One caution I would like to add is to please do not stop this medication cold turkey, since it is an anticonvulsant, though it also helps with nerve pain, a sudden withdrawal could cause seizures. Typical side effects to this medication, as listed by the FDA, may include nausea, dizziness, mood swin...
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Im taking lyrica for a pinched nerve in my shoulder after starting it how long before should start working
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Should lyrica start working straight away I have been on it for 3 days and still in a huge amount of pain. The pain is in my shoulder and down my left arm. ## Hello, Nett! How are you? No, Lyrica is not actually an analgesic, so it doesn't work that fast. It is classified by the FDA as an anticonvulsant, which can also help with certain types of nerve pain. Thus, it takes about 4 to 6 weeks for it to reach its full level of efficacy in the body and for you to know if it's going to work for you. Typical side effects are listed as possibly including nausea, dizziness, mood swings and weight changes. Is there anything else I can help with?
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Does anyone taking Lyrica have memory loss ?
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I have been on Lyrica for about 8 months now and I am having fantastic results. My dr is trying to increase my dosage and I have been doing it in 50 mg increments. I am up 100 more now in a month, for a total dosage of 400mg. I find that I have very bad recall and loss of my vocabulary during conversation. It eventually goes away, but I was wondering if anyone else has this? If it keeps up, I just may have to drop back down 50mg until I get used to it? That seemed to work that last time I had to raise it.BTW, I have nerve pain in my ribcage.(not caused by Shingles) Karel ## It is a possible reaction to this med, it is listed as a severe side effect that you should see your doctor about if you experience it. You can see it in the monograph listing here: Lyrica Info Click Here Have you co...
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I was diagnosed with back problems and eventually was prescribed Lyrica I became a totally different person After 4 6 months on Lyrica I starting cu
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After being prescribed Lyrica for back pain 4 months in I started cutting myself. At one time I had over 90 staples. I used a boxcuter. I didn't know who I was and spent time on a psych ward three times. I finally convinced my dr to take me off it and within 3 months I was myself again but my life was in shambles. Bills unpaid and loss of respect from family and friends. Lyrica should compensate me. The period on Lyrica was May 2013 to December 2013
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lyrica 150mg twice aday
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i have taken lyrica for over 2 months with no results ## I have been suffering from severe nerve inflammation for years now. I am on Medicare/AARP and my rheumetologist put me on Lyrica. I knew I was not covered but Lyrica has this special coupon for a week free and then only $25 per month for 12 months. This drug is very expensive but I was desperate to try it. I tried it for less than two weeks and it did nothing for the pain - made me sick as a dog - exhausted, depressed etc. If I want to feel like this I'll stick with the narcotics which actually work. Has anyone had significant pain relief from this drug? I had no pain relief at all and felt just as drugged as if I had taken narcotics. I think this is a drug that is just a giant money maker and don't understand how it got b...
Updated 7 days ago.
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I HAVE GAINED 27 POUNDS IN 3 MONTHS. WHAT CAN I DO OTHER THAN STOP TAKING LYRICA. ? SHOULD iI QUIT OR LOWER DOSAGE? I TAKE 2 DOSES PER DAY. ## It's difficult to say exactly what about a medication causes any specific side effect, in many cases there is really no way to explain it, but Lyrica contains the active ingredient Pregabalin, which is actually an anticonvulsant, so it works on brain chemicals. This means that it may be having an affect on something that stimulates the appetite, or slows the metabolism, so some people gain weight easier than normal, while taking it. Have you discussed the issue with your doctor? You may need to start more closely watching what you eat, or up the amount of exercise you get each day. ## I can relate to the weight gain with Lyrica. When I first ...
Updated 10 days ago.
Lyrica and stomach issues
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My fiance was in a car accident on December 3, 2013. Following the accident, he had extreme back pain, but nothing showed up on an X-Ray. For some reason, that we couldn't really understand, his doctor prescribed him Lyrica (100mg, 3x/day). He has never been on any medication like this -he is 26 years old. Earlier this year, he was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. He was on Lyrica for about a month, before he started developing serious stomach pain. The center of his abdomen would hurt so bad that he would be doubled over in excruciating pain. This was joined with extreme nausea and lightheadedness, along with cold chills. His doctor ordered a CT Scan to look at his gallbladder, and it was normal. Last Wednesday we were in the ER with this pain, and they ordered an X-Ray, as well as a...
Updated 11 days ago.
For those of you who have been using Lyrica for some time
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For those of you that have been on Lyrica for some time, have you seen your glucose level elevated? ## Hello, Tina! How are you? This actually happens frequently with anticonvulsant medications and most doctors will check someone's levels regularly to monitor them. Some people develop diabetes and some people just experience an elevation while they are taking it, which goes away, when they switch to a different medication. Our doctor just insisted on checking my fiances levels, when he was in for his last appointment. Other possible side effects, as listed by the FDA, may include nausea, dizziness, headache, dry mouth, weight changes and mood swings. Is there anything else I can help with? ## Thank you! My primary physician was quite concerned that my glucose had shot up when it had...
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Memory Blackouts???
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Has ANYONE had problem with blackouts while taking Lycria? They havebeen several times where I don't have any memory. Has anyone experienced this??? ## Yes, I also have had a few of these. Ascribed them to my ageing. I am 72. Also weight gain and some of the heavy foot problem, which causes stumbling more than I used to. At this point the pain relief is worth the side effects. Z ## Hi. I'd do a google search on Serotonin Syndrome: Recognition and Management. Then I'd find a site that will do drug interaction information. I believe You may be experienceing part of the aformentioned syndrome. Ask You Doctor. I'm no doctor - I'm an information specialist. Just talking - Not Doctoring. Keep Us posted. -Andrea ## Yes I just started taking Lycria on the 12th and I took the...
Updated 15 days ago.
Lyrica and Alcohol
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You are not supposed to drink while on Lyrica. I made the big mistake of doing that. I took my dose in the morning and then got invited by some friends to go out. I do not usually drink, but started drinking around 9:30 pm. I was found in an alley behind a restaurant at 4 am. The last thing I remember was last call at 2am. I am only posting this to give a VERY strong warning not to drink while on this medication. Luckily I am OK and still alive. It is a horrible feeling to not know what happened in those 2 hours. Please do not drink while on Lyrica. ## I have been on Lyrica at various strengths from 200mg/day down to 50mg/day. I drink (probably more than I should) but I have never experienced any problems drinking the equivalent of 5 or so drinks while on this medication. I have experie...
Updated 19 days ago.

Possible Dosages for this and Related Drugs:

  • Capsule: 100mg, 150mg, 200mg, 225mg, 25mg, 300mg, 50mg, 75mg
  • Solution: 20mg/ml
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