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 2,707 1,366
Pain 1,048 569
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 396 195
Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome 392 263
Generalized anxiety disorder 145 124

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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 499
Moderate 569
Mild 486
None 493

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lyrica

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 393
Dizziness 150
Blurry vision 99
Fatigue 92
Brain fog 91
Problems concentrating 88

Show all 360 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Lyrica

Dosage Patients
75 mg twice daily 43
150 mg twice daily 33
150 mg daily 30
300 mg daily 23
150 mg three times daily 18
450 mg daily 18
100 mg twice daily 17
100 mg three times daily 17
100 mg daily 16
50 mg twice daily 15

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Why patients stopped taking Lyrica

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 827
Did not seem to work 596
Expense 230
Doctor's advice 214
Other 161
Personal research 67
Change in health plan coverage 65
Course of treatment ended 42
See all 1466 patients who've stopped taking Lyrica

Duration

Currently taking Lyrica

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 19
6 months - 1 year 23
1 - 2 years 43
2 - 5 years 98
5 - 10 years 120
10 years or more 70

Stopped taking Lyrica

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 317
1 - 6 months 466
6 months - 1 year 238
1 - 2 years 191
2 - 5 years 205
5 - 10 years 45
10 years or more 8
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1633
Usually 265
Sometimes 61
Never taken as prescribed 88
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 141
Somewhat hard to take 234
A little hard to take 273
Not at all hard to take 1399
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 72
$100-199 100
$50-99 228
$25-49 337
< $25 572
Not specified 738

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Lyrica after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 197
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 39
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 8
Milnacipran (Savella) 4
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 4

Show all 51 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Lyrica and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 82
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 22
Milnacipran (Savella) 8
Tramadol (Ultram) 6
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 4

Show all 40 treatments patients report switching to

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201 patient evaluations for Lyrica

Sep 10, 2018 (Started Mar 15, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 75 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Lyrica interrupts the sending of messages along your nerves to dampen their signals. This means much less pain but it dampens pleasure signals too. Not ideal but having breathing not hurt is worth sex being less fun.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

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
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