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 2,626 1,319
Pain 1,018 545
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 393 183
Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome 385 262
Generalized anxiety disorder 141 122
Numbness and tingling with pins and needles 95 39

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  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 493
Moderate 547
Mild 464
None 469

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lyrica

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 364
Dizziness 152
Brain fog 114
Blurry vision 98
Fatigue 94
Daytime sleepiness 87

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Lyrica

Dosage Patients
150 mg twice daily 39
75 mg twice daily 36
150 mg daily 34
300 mg daily 26
100 mg three times daily 21
100 mg daily 18
100 mg twice daily 18
75 mg daily 15
50 mg twice daily 15
50 mg daily 14

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Why patients stopped taking Lyrica

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 807
Did not seem to work 579
Expense 223
Doctor's advice 204
Other 152
Personal research 64
Change in health plan coverage 61
Course of treatment ended 36
See all 1417 patients who've stopped taking Lyrica

Duration

Currently taking Lyrica

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 37
6 months - 1 year 35
1 - 2 years 50
2 - 5 years 109
5 - 10 years 126
10 years or more 44

Stopped taking Lyrica

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 281
1 - 6 months 473
6 months - 1 year 244
1 - 2 years 185
2 - 5 years 193
5 - 10 years 39
10 years or more 7
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1576
Usually 254
Sometimes 60
Never taken as prescribed 83
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 133
Somewhat hard to take 230
A little hard to take 269
Not at all hard to take 1341
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 68
$100-199 99
$50-99 214
$25-49 332
< $25 556
Not specified 704

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Lyrica after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 146
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 36
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 7
Milnacipran (Savella) 4
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 4

Show all 48 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Lyrica and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 63
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 22
Milnacipran (Savella) 6
Tramadol (Ultram) 6
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 3

Show all 34 treatments patients report switching to

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198 patient evaluations for Lyrica

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!

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 31, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Vertigo)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 30, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Vertigo)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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