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 2,559 1,284
Pain 992 527
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 392 183
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 386 263
Generalized Anxiety Disorder 138 116
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 488
Moderate 535
Mild 455
None 445

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lyrica

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 355
Dizziness 149
Brain fog 113
Blurry vision 94
Fatigue 94
Daytime sleepiness 86

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Lyrica

Dosage Patients
150 mg daily 37
150 mg twice daily 37
75 mg twice daily 33
300 mg daily 23
100 mg three times daily 18
75 mg three times daily 16
450 mg daily 16
100 mg twice daily 15
50 mg twice daily 14
300 mg twice daily 14

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Why patients stopped taking Lyrica

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 796
Did not seem to work 575
Expense 221
Doctor's advice 202
Other 150
Personal research 63
Change in health plan coverage 59
Course of treatment ended 36
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Duration

Currently taking Lyrica

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 40
6 months - 1 year 40
1 - 2 years 54
2 - 5 years 93
5 - 10 years 127
10 years or more 33

Stopped taking Lyrica

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 280
1 - 6 months 472
6 months - 1 year 242
1 - 2 years 182
2 - 5 years 187
5 - 10 years 36
10 years or more 7
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1534
Usually 250
Sometimes 59
Never taken as prescribed 80
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 132
Somewhat hard to take 225
A little hard to take 267
Not at all hard to take 1299
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 65
$100-199 99
$50-99 211
$25-49 324
< $25 545
Not specified 679

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Lyrica after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 120
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 31
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 7
Milnacipran (Savella) 3
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 3

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Patients stopped taking Lyrica and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 54
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 16
Milnacipran (Savella) 5
Tramadol (Ultram) 5
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 3

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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: 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: 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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