What is Pregabalin?

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Pregabalin is an analgesic and anti-convulsant drug that may be used to manage pain associated with diabetic peripheral neuropathy, postherpetic (shingles) neuralgia, or as an adjunctive treatment for partial-onset seizure disorder in adults and for the management of fibromyalgia.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Fibromyalgia 5374 2471
Pain 1316 707
Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome 725 393
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 467 234
Generalized anxiety disorder 278 193

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 913
Moderate 924
Mild 729
None 754

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Pregabalin

Side effect Patients Percentage
Weight gain 646
Dizziness 218
Blurry vision 147
Fatigue 143
Brain fog 136
Problems concentrating 118

Show all 517 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Pregabalin

Dosage Patients Percentage
150 mg twice daily 24
75 mg twice daily 23
150 mg daily 21
150 mg three times daily 18
100 mg daily 15
600 mg daily 15
100 mg twice daily 14
75 mg three times daily 14
300 mg daily 14
300 mg twice daily 14

See all 49 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Pregabalin

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Reason Patients Percentage
Side effects too severe 1768
Did not seem to work 1247
Doctor's advice 417
Expense 415
Other 271
Change in health plan coverage 122
Personal research 118
Course of treatment ended 62
See all 2937 patients who've stopped taking Pregabalin

Duration

Currently taking Pregabalin

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 7
6 months - 1 year 12
1 - 2 years 27
2 - 5 years 81
5 - 10 years 108
10 years or more 62

Stopped taking Pregabalin

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 761
1 - 6 months 901
6 months - 1 year 461
1 - 2 years 369
2 - 5 years 362
5 - 10 years 80
10 years or more 24
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 2588
Usually 400
Sometimes 96
Never taken as prescribed 236
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 292
Somewhat hard to take 371
A little hard to take 454
Not at all hard to take 2203
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 125
$100-199 156
$50-99 329
$25-49 479
< $25 925
Not specified 1306

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Pregabalin after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 342
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 85
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 21
Tramadol (Ultram) 12
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 7

Show all 65 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Pregabalin and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 141
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 75
Milnacipran (Savella) 14
Tramadol (Ultram) 10
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 9

Show all 71 treatments patients report switching to

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266 patient evaluations for Pregabalin

Jan 6, 2019 (Started Apr 15, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for back pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: Take this when I get up and when I take my bedtime meds.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jun 26, 2018 (Started Apr 15, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for back pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 24, 2016 (Started Apr 15, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take

Nov 10, 2014 (Started Apr 15, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 10, 2018 (Started Mar 15, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Lyrica interrupts the sending of messages along your nerves to dampen their signals. This means much less pain but it dampens pleasure signals too. Not ideal but having breathing not hurt is worth sex being less fun.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 8, 2018 (Started Feb 21, 1997)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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