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 5384 2483
Pain 1307 703
Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome 728 397
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 467 234
Generalized anxiety disorder 281 194

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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 923
Mild 727
None 759

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Pregabalin

Side effect Patients Percentage
Weight gain 650
Dizziness 217
Blurry vision 145
Fatigue 142
Brain fog 136
Problems concentrating 119

Show all 515 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Pregabalin

Dosage Patients Percentage
150 mg twice daily 36
75 mg twice daily 35
150 mg daily 28
100 mg twice daily 27
300 mg daily 22
150 mg three times daily 20
300 mg twice daily 20
100 mg daily 19
50 mg twice daily 17
450 mg daily 16

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Why patients stopped taking Pregabalin

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Reason Patients Percentage
Side effects too severe 1770
Did not seem to work 1251
Doctor's advice 420
Expense 416
Other 272
Change in health plan coverage 124
Personal research 117
Course of treatment ended 64
See all 2945 patients who've stopped taking Pregabalin

Duration

Currently taking Pregabalin

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 20
6 months - 1 year 29
1 - 2 years 40
2 - 5 years 116
5 - 10 years 125
10 years or more 78

Stopped taking Pregabalin

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 762
1 - 6 months 903
6 months - 1 year 461
1 - 2 years 370
2 - 5 years 364
5 - 10 years 79
10 years or more 23
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 2595
Usually 401
Sometimes 97
Never taken as prescribed 232
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 289
Somewhat hard to take 372
A little hard to take 451
Not at all hard to take 2213
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 125
$100-199 155
$50-99 330
$25-49 483
< $25 922
Not specified 1310

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Pregabalin after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 336
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 85
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 20
Tramadol (Ultram) 12
Milnacipran (Savella) 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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267 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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