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 2,647 1,327
Pain 1,027 552
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 393 183
Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome 388 261
Generalized anxiety disorder 144 123
Numbness and tingling with pins and needles 96 43

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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 494
Moderate 550
Mild 470
None 470

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lyrica

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 363
Dizziness 148
Blurry vision 99
Fatigue 93
Daytime sleepiness 87
Brain fog 86

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Lyrica

Dosage Patients
150 mg daily 35
150 mg twice daily 32
75 mg twice daily 31
300 mg daily 26
100 mg three times daily 22
100 mg twice daily 21
100 mg daily 18
150 mg three times daily 18
50 mg twice daily 17
75 mg daily 16

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Why patients stopped taking Lyrica

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 809
Did not seem to work 578
Expense 224
Doctor's advice 208
Other 152
Personal research 64
Change in health plan coverage 62
Course of treatment ended 37
See all 1424 patients who've stopped taking Lyrica

Duration

Currently taking Lyrica

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 5
1 - 6 months 35
6 months - 1 year 34
1 - 2 years 46
2 - 5 years 106
5 - 10 years 123
10 years or more 47

Stopped taking Lyrica

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 284
1 - 6 months 475
6 months - 1 year 243
1 - 2 years 184
2 - 5 years 195
5 - 10 years 40
10 years or more 8
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1589
Usually 253
Sometimes 60
Never taken as prescribed 82
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 133
Somewhat hard to take 230
A little hard to take 269
Not at all hard to take 1352
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 69
$100-199 99
$50-99 219
$25-49 332
< $25 558
Not specified 707

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Lyrica after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 159
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 38
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 7
Milnacipran (Savella) 4
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 4

Show all 49 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Lyrica and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 67
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 24
Milnacipran (Savella) 7
Tramadol (Ultram) 6
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 3

Show all 36 treatments patients report switching to

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199 patient evaluations for Lyrica

Apr 30, 2017 (Started Nov 03, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for chronic pain)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 28, 2017 (Started May 28, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for chronic pain)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: it icrease weight , and cellulit sensation around the body

Jun 1, 2014 (Started May 28, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for chronic pain)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 75 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

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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