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 2,476 1,208
Pain 968 513
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 389 178
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 382 260
Generalized Anxiety Disorder 135 113
Numbness and tingling with pins and needles 95 39

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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 467
Moderate 519
Mild 431
None 414

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lyrica

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 344
Dizziness 144
Brain fog 109
Blurry vision 94
Daytime sleepiness 86
Tiredness 78

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Lyrica

Dosage Patients
150 mg daily 31
300 mg daily 23
150 mg twice daily 21
75 mg twice daily 19
150 mg three times daily 16
450 mg daily 15
100 mg three times daily 14
600 mg daily 14
100 mg twice daily 13
75 mg daily 11

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Why patients stopped taking Lyrica

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 783
Did not seem to work 562
Expense 219
Doctor's advice 201
Other 149
Personal research 63
Change in health plan coverage 54
Course of treatment ended 36
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Duration

Currently taking Lyrica

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 27
6 months - 1 year 22
1 - 2 years 45
2 - 5 years 87
5 - 10 years 105
10 years or more 24

Stopped taking Lyrica

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 269
1 - 6 months 467
6 months - 1 year 242
1 - 2 years 180
2 - 5 years 185
5 - 10 years 34
10 years or more 6
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1464
Usually 240
Sometimes 56
Never taken as prescribed 71
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 126
Somewhat hard to take 216
A little hard to take 258
Not at all hard to take 1231
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 56
$100-199 96
$50-99 208
$25-49 313
< $25 514
Not specified 644

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Lyrica after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 97
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 20
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 7
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 3
Tramadol (Ultram) 3

Show all 38 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Lyrica and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 46
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 14
Milnacipran (Savella) 5
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Vicodin) 3
Tramadol (Ultram) 3

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197 patient evaluations for Lyrica

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suzzie
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suzzie
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Sensation: Severe
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: severe
I am: vg
I have:
MS

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Sep 26, 2016 (Started May 08, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
CarynH
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CarynH
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 44
Condition: Crohn's Disease 7 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Crohn's Disease

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Jul 21, 2016 (Started Apr 01, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Anxious mood)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 225 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: It helps for awhile and then I seem to build a tolerance. I just had a change in dose to double and expect worsening fog and anxiousness.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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KKmom
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KKmom
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: none
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: none
I am: b
I have:
MS

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Apr 24, 2016 (Started Jun 26, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Generalized Anxiety Disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Twice daily

Nov 10, 2014 (Started Jun 26, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Generalized Anxiety Disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Twice daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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