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 2,598 1,307
Pain 1,007 536
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 393 183
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 385 265
Generalized Anxiety Disorder 139 119
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 494
Moderate 542
Mild 461
None 458

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lyrica

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 357
Dizziness 152
Brain fog 114
Blurry vision 95
Fatigue 94
Daytime sleepiness 86

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Lyrica

Dosage Patients
150 mg twice daily 44
75 mg twice daily 38
150 mg daily 36
300 mg daily 26
100 mg three times daily 20
450 mg daily 20
75 mg daily 17
100 mg daily 17
75 mg three times daily 17
100 mg twice daily 16

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Why patients stopped taking Lyrica

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 803
Did not seem to work 578
Expense 223
Doctor's advice 202
Other 149
Personal research 63
Change in health plan coverage 60
Course of treatment ended 36
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Duration

Currently taking Lyrica

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 39
6 months - 1 year 49
1 - 2 years 53
2 - 5 years 106
5 - 10 years 146
10 years or more 38

Stopped taking Lyrica

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 282
1 - 6 months 473
6 months - 1 year 243
1 - 2 years 184
2 - 5 years 188
5 - 10 years 38
10 years or more 7
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1562
Usually 251
Sometimes 59
Never taken as prescribed 83
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 134
Somewhat hard to take 229
A little hard to take 268
Not at all hard to take 1324
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 67
$100-199 99
$50-99 213
$25-49 329
< $25 553
Not specified 694

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Lyrica after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 133
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 33
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) 59
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 18
Milnacipran (Savella) 6
Tramadol (Ultram) 5
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 3

Show all 34 treatments patients report switching to

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199 patient evaluations for Lyrica

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fibromitelynn
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I have:
Fibromyalgia

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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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oneunusualchick
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oneunusualchick
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Most
Fatigue: All
Sleep: Most
Stiffness: All
function: None
external_stress: All
Stickman: most
Description:F49y
CFS:6y Dx
FM:8y Dx
I am: b
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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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

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suzzie
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suzzie
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 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

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