What is Pregabalin?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Lyrica Maxgalin Provelyn

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Pregabalin is an analgesic and anti-convulsant drug that may be 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 the management of fibromyalgia.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Fibromyalgia 5,114 2,340
Pain 1,244 658
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 714 390
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 471 223
Generalized Anxiety Disorder 274 186
Numbness and tingling with pins and needles 96 39

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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 893
Moderate 874
Mild 675
None 688

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Pregabalin

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 579
Dizziness 220
Brain fog 163
Fatigue 144
Blurry vision 139
Problems concentrating 115

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Pregabalin

Dosage Patients
150 mg twice daily 73
75 mg twice daily 60
150 mg daily 54
300 mg daily 38
75 mg daily 37
300 mg twice daily 37
75 mg three times daily 31
100 mg daily 27
100 mg twice daily 27
100 mg three times daily 25

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Why patients stopped taking Pregabalin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 1702
Did not seem to work 1198
Doctor's advice 396
Expense 393
Other 253
Change in health plan coverage 114
Personal research 106
Course of treatment ended 56
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Duration

Currently taking Pregabalin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 64
6 months - 1 year 91
1 - 2 years 95
2 - 5 years 202
5 - 10 years 239
10 years or more 68

Stopped taking Pregabalin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 676
1 - 6 months 914
6 months - 1 year 474
1 - 2 years 350
2 - 5 years 326
5 - 10 years 68
10 years or more 17
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 2450
Usually 375
Sometimes 92
Never taken as prescribed 213
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 275
Somewhat hard to take 360
A little hard to take 435
Not at all hard to take 2060
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 110
$100-199 152
$50-99 313
$25-49 467
< $25 867
Not specified 1221

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Pregabalin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 234
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 66
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 18
Tramadol (Ultram) 10
Milnacipran (Savella) 6

Show all 62 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Pregabalin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 108
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 62
Milnacipran (Savella) 9
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 7
Tramadol (Ultram) 7

Show all 68 treatments patients report switching to

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263 patient evaluations for Pregabalin

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LeanneLouise
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LeanneLouise
Gender: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Pain: All
Fatigue: All
Sleep: All
Stiffness: All
function: None
external_stress: All
Stickman: all
Description:F48y
FM:<1y Dx
I am: b
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See LeanneLouise's full Pregabalin history

Feb 1, 2017 (Started Jul 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Sweating increased, Nausea, Swelling in legs, feet and ankles, Headaches, Weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: I developed EVERY side effect listed, just about. It was a disaster.

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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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