What is Lyrica?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic name: Pregabalin

Lyrica®, a brand name for pregabalin, is an analgesic and anti-convulsant drug that is 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 management of fibromyalgia.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Fibromyalgia 2,670 1,338
Pain 1,032 557
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 396 185
Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome 390 262
Generalized anxiety disorder 145 124

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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
Severe
494
Moderate
554
Mild
472
None
478

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lyrica

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 365
Dizziness 149
Blurry vision 99
Fatigue 92
Brain fog 87
Daytime sleepiness 86

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Lyrica

Dosage Patients
150 mg daily 36
75 mg twice daily 36
300 mg daily 34
150 mg twice daily 33
100 mg twice daily 22
100 mg three times daily 22
150 mg three times daily 22
100 mg daily 21
75 mg daily 19
300 mg twice daily 16

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Why patients stopped taking Lyrica

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 814
Did not seem to work 584
Expense 226
Doctor's advice 209
Other 155
Personal research 64
Change in health plan coverage 61
Course of treatment ended 38
See all 1438 patients who've stopped taking Lyrica

Duration

Currently taking Lyrica

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 45
6 months - 1 year 35
1 - 2 years 46
2 - 5 years 109
5 - 10 years 149
10 years or more 52

Stopped taking Lyrica

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 287
1 - 6 months 478
6 months - 1 year 244
1 - 2 years 187
2 - 5 years 199
5 - 10 years 39
10 years or more 8
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1600
Usually 252
Sometimes 60
Never taken as prescribed 86
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 135
Somewhat hard to take 229
A little hard to take 271
Not at all hard to take 1363
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 70
$100-199 99
$50-99 223
$25-49 335
< $25 560
Not specified 711

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Lyrica after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 166
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 38
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 7
Milnacipran (Savella) 4
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 4

Show all 50 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Lyrica and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 71
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 24
Milnacipran (Savella) 8
Tramadol (Ultram) 6
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 3

Show all 38 treatments patients report switching to

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199 patient evaluations for Lyrica

Apr 30, 2017 (Started Nov 03, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for chronic pain)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 28, 2017 (Started May 28, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for chronic pain)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: it icrease weight , and cellulit sensation around the body

Jun 1, 2014 (Started May 28, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for chronic pain)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 75 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 3, 2017 (Started Nov 15, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 75 mg Three times daily
Advice & Tips: Try to handle taking lower doses to handle your pain because the higher the dose the more likely you are to encounter side affects! My perfect dosage to almost completly wipe out my fibro pain is 300 mg 3 x's a day ( i was in the reasearch program for lyrica) but the side effect that always comes for me is the weight gain but on lower doses it does'nt effect my weight very much!

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