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 2,496 1,228
Pain 973 515
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 388 181
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 382 260
Generalized Anxiety Disorder 136 116
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 471
Moderate 524
Mild 441
None 421

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lyrica

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 344
Dizziness 144
Brain fog 112
Blurry vision 94
Fatigue 93
Daytime sleepiness 86

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Lyrica

Dosage Patients
150 mg daily 33
150 mg twice daily 24
300 mg daily 23
75 mg twice daily 18
100 mg three times daily 17
600 mg daily 16
450 mg daily 15
150 mg three times daily 14
75 mg daily 13
100 mg twice daily 11

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Why patients stopped taking Lyrica

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 786
Did not seem to work 566
Expense 220
Doctor's advice 202
Other 151
Personal research 63
Change in health plan coverage 58
Course of treatment ended 36
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Duration

Currently taking Lyrica

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 18
6 months - 1 year 31
1 - 2 years 45
2 - 5 years 86
5 - 10 years 117
10 years or more 30

Stopped taking Lyrica

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 270
1 - 6 months 469
6 months - 1 year 243
1 - 2 years 181
2 - 5 years 188
5 - 10 years 36
10 years or more 6
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1479
Usually 246
Sometimes 57
Never taken as prescribed 75
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 131
Somewhat hard to take 219
A little hard to take 259
Not at all hard to take 1248
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 59
$100-199 96
$50-99 209
$25-49 316
< $25 520
Not specified 657

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Lyrica after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 102
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 22
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 7
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 3
Tramadol (Ultram) 3

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Patients stopped taking Lyrica and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 47
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 15
Milnacipran (Savella) 5
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Vicodin) 3
Tramadol (Ultram) 3

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198 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: 2 stars
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: n
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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