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 5399 2487
Pain 1327 716
Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome 726 393
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 468 234
Generalized anxiety disorder 279 192

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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 928
Mild 736
None 759

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Pregabalin

Side effect Patients Percentage
Weight gain 652
Dizziness 217
Blurry vision 147
Fatigue 144
Brain fog 139
Problems concentrating 117

Show all 518 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Pregabalin

Dosage Patients Percentage
75 mg twice daily 28
150 mg daily 27
150 mg twice daily 23
150 mg three times daily 22
300 mg twice daily 18
300 mg daily 16
50 mg daily 15
75 mg daily 15
100 mg twice daily 15
75 mg three times daily 15

See all 45 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Pregabalin

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Reason Patients Percentage
Side effects too severe 1771
Did not seem to work 1251
Doctor's advice 417
Expense 416
Other 271
Change in health plan coverage 123
Personal research 118
Course of treatment ended 62
See all 2941 patients who've stopped taking Pregabalin

Duration

Currently taking Pregabalin

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 14
1 - 2 years 21
2 - 5 years 91
5 - 10 years 120
10 years or more 79

Stopped taking Pregabalin

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 762
1 - 6 months 903
6 months - 1 year 460
1 - 2 years 372
2 - 5 years 364
5 - 10 years 79
10 years or more 24
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 2604
Usually 401
Sometimes 96
Never taken as prescribed 238
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 294
Somewhat hard to take 372
A little hard to take 458
Not at all hard to take 2215
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 125
$100-199 156
$50-99 330
$25-49 482
< $25 933
Not specified 1313

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Pregabalin after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 348
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 85
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 21
Tramadol (Ultram) 12
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 7

Show all 67 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Pregabalin and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 146
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 77
Milnacipran (Savella) 14
Tramadol (Ultram) 11
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 9

Show all 74 treatments patients report switching to

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266 patient evaluations for Pregabalin

Dec 8, 2019 (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

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

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: 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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