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 2,579 1,299
Pain 999 531
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 392 183
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 385 265
Generalized Anxiety Disorder 138 117
Numbness and tingling with pins and needles 95 39

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  • Slight
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 492
Moderate 538
Mild 458
None 452

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lyrica

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 357
Dizziness 150
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 45
150 mg daily 36
75 mg twice daily 35
300 mg daily 24
100 mg three times daily 19
100 mg daily 18
100 mg twice daily 18
450 mg daily 17
75 mg daily 15
75 mg three times daily 15

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Why patients stopped taking Lyrica

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 801
Did not seem to work 576
Expense 222
Doctor's advice 202
Other 150
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 1
1 - 6 months 38
6 months - 1 year 51
1 - 2 years 52
2 - 5 years 98
5 - 10 years 140
10 years or more 35

Stopped taking Lyrica

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 280
1 - 6 months 472
6 months - 1 year 243
1 - 2 years 185
2 - 5 years 189
5 - 10 years 37
10 years or more 7
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1547
Usually 251
Sometimes 59
Never taken as prescribed 83
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 134
Somewhat hard to take 226
A little hard to take 268
Not at all hard to take 1312
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 67
$100-199 99
$50-99 213
$25-49 328
< $25 551
Not specified 682

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Lyrica after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 127
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 33
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 7
Milnacipran (Savella) 4
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 4

Show all 47 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Lyrica and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 58
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 18
Milnacipran (Savella) 5
Tramadol (Ultram) 5
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 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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