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 5388 2482
Pain 1313 707
Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome 727 393
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 467 234
Generalized anxiety disorder 280 193

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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 916
Moderate 926
Mild 727
None 761

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Pregabalin

Side effect Patients Percentage
Weight gain 649
Dizziness 218
Blurry vision 146
Fatigue 142
Brain fog 135
Problems concentrating 118

Show all 515 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Pregabalin

Dosage Patients Percentage
150 mg twice daily 37
75 mg twice daily 27
150 mg daily 26
100 mg twice daily 22
300 mg daily 19
100 mg daily 18
50 mg twice daily 18
150 mg three times daily 18
75 mg three times daily 16
300 mg twice daily 13

See all 49 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Pregabalin

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Reason Patients Percentage
Side effects too severe 1769
Did not seem to work 1251
Doctor's advice 420
Expense 416
Other 271
Change in health plan coverage 123
Personal research 117
Course of treatment ended 63
See all 2943 patients who've stopped taking Pregabalin

Duration

Currently taking Pregabalin

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 17
6 months - 1 year 28
1 - 2 years 34
2 - 5 years 101
5 - 10 years 109
10 years or more 70

Stopped taking Pregabalin

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 762
1 - 6 months 903
6 months - 1 year 463
1 - 2 years 370
2 - 5 years 363
5 - 10 years 80
10 years or more 23
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 2598
Usually 401
Sometimes 97
Never taken as prescribed 234
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 291
Somewhat hard to take 374
A little hard to take 451
Not at all hard to take 2214
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 125
$100-199 155
$50-99 330
$25-49 480
< $25 922
Not specified 1318

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Pregabalin after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 340
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 86
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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