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 5416 2501
Pain 1335 733
Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome 727 394
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 469 236
Generalized anxiety disorder 277 193

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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 932
Mild 748
None 772

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Pregabalin

Side effect Patients Percentage
Weight gain 651
Dizziness 220
Blurry vision 148
Fatigue 145
Brain fog 139
Problems concentrating 117

Show all 522 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Pregabalin

Dosage Patients Percentage
75 mg twice daily 20
150 mg twice daily 19
150 mg daily 17
100 mg twice daily 15
300 mg twice daily 15
100 mg daily 14
50 mg daily 12
75 mg three times daily 10
100 mg three times daily 10
75 mg daily 9

See all 45 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Pregabalin

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Reason Patients Percentage
Side effects too severe 1773
Did not seem to work 1251
Doctor's advice 415
Expense 414
Other 271
Change in health plan coverage 122
Personal research 119
Course of treatment ended 62
See all 2943 patients who've stopped taking Pregabalin

Duration

Currently taking Pregabalin

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 13
6 months - 1 year 22
1 - 2 years 17
2 - 5 years 58
5 - 10 years 82
10 years or more 62

Stopped taking Pregabalin

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 766
1 - 6 months 901
6 months - 1 year 457
1 - 2 years 371
2 - 5 years 366
5 - 10 years 79
10 years or more 25
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 2623
Usually 407
Sometimes 98
Never taken as prescribed 240
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 293
Somewhat hard to take 371
A little hard to take 464
Not at all hard to take 2240
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 125
$100-199 156
$50-99 331
$25-49 483
< $25 943
Not specified 1330

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Pregabalin after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 360
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 86
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 21
Tramadol (Ultram) 12
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 7

Show all 68 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Pregabalin and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 147
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 77
Milnacipran (Savella) 14
Tramadol (Ultram) 12
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 9

Show all 74 treatments patients report switching to

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267 patient evaluations for Pregabalin

Apr 14, 2020 (Started Mar 15, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (reduced pleasure in orgasm)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Sep 10, 2018 (Started Mar 15, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 225 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

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Apr 12, 2020 (Started )

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 3, 2020 (Started Apr 15, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for neck pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for back pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Three times daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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
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