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 39535 2534
Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome 1879 392
Pain 1510 750
Generalized anxiety disorder 787 198
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 524 242
Spinal cord injury 345 7

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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 924
Moderate 935
Mild 763
None 813

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Pregabalin

Side effect Patients Percentage
Weight gain 652
Dizziness 224
Blurry vision 152
Fatigue 148
Brain fog 144
Problems concentrating 122

Show all 525 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Pregabalin

Dosage Patients Percentage
50 mg daily 13
150 mg daily 12
300 mg daily 12
75 mg twice daily 11
150 mg three times daily 10
150 mg twice daily 8
300 mg twice daily 8
100 mg twice daily 7
100 mg three times daily 7
75 mg daily 6

See all 33 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Pregabalin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Side effects too severe 1860
Did not seem to work 1330
Doctor's advice 439
Expense 432
Other 293
Change in health plan coverage 125
Personal research 123
Course of treatment ended 64
See all 3130 patients who've stopped taking Pregabalin

Duration

Currently taking Pregabalin

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 12
2 - 5 years 38
5 - 10 years 44
10 years or more 57

Stopped taking Pregabalin

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 769
1 - 6 months 899
6 months - 1 year 458
1 - 2 years 373
2 - 5 years 368
5 - 10 years 84
10 years or more 27
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 2668
Usually 420
Sometimes 100
Never taken as prescribed 247
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 301
Somewhat hard to take 373
A little hard to take 475
Not at all hard to take 2286
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 125
$100-199 158
$50-99 339
$25-49 492
< $25 961
Not specified 1360

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Pregabalin after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 395
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 111
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 26
Tramadol (Ultram) 16
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 9

Show all 71 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Pregabalin and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 253
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 165
Milnacipran (Savella) 20
Tramadol (Ultram) 17
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 12

Show all 89 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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