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 2,698 1,367
Pain 1,047 572
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 393 190
Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome 390 264
Generalized anxiety disorder 146 126
Numbness and tingling with pins and needles 96 45

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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 498
Moderate 568
Mild 484
None 493

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lyrica

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 392
Dizziness 150
Blurry vision 99
Fatigue 92
Brain fog 90
Problems concentrating 86

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Lyrica

Dosage Patients
75 mg twice daily 51
150 mg daily 33
300 mg daily 30
150 mg twice daily 28
100 mg twice daily 22
100 mg three times daily 21
150 mg three times daily 21
100 mg daily 19
450 mg daily 19
300 mg twice daily 17

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Why patients stopped taking Lyrica

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 821
Did not seem to work 594
Expense 230
Doctor's advice 214
Other 159
Personal research 65
Change in health plan coverage 64
Course of treatment ended 41
See all 1456 patients who've stopped taking Lyrica

Duration

Currently taking Lyrica

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 18
6 months - 1 year 20
1 - 2 years 55
2 - 5 years 114
5 - 10 years 140
10 years or more 73

Stopped taking Lyrica

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 317
1 - 6 months 464
6 months - 1 year 235
1 - 2 years 189
2 - 5 years 205
5 - 10 years 42
10 years or more 8
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1630
Usually 264
Sometimes 61
Never taken as prescribed 88
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 139
Somewhat hard to take 236
A little hard to take 274
Not at all hard to take 1394
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 72
$100-199 100
$50-99 226
$25-49 340
< $25 569
Not specified 736

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Lyrica after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 190
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 39
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 8
Milnacipran (Savella) 4
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 4

Show all 52 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Lyrica and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 77
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 22
Milnacipran (Savella) 8
Tramadol (Ultram) 6
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 4

Show all 39 treatments patients report switching to

Last updated:

200 patient evaluations for Lyrica

Jul 8, 2018 (Started Feb 21, 1997)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 26, 2018 (Started Jun 26, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for back pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

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

Mar 15, 2018 (Started Sep 15, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for degenerative disc disease)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (mouth sores (ulcers), excessive dry mouth)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 75 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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