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 5,068 2,315
Pain 1,233 649
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 713 390
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 470 223
Generalized Anxiety Disorder 271 182
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 886
Moderate 866
Mild 669
None 678

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Pregabalin

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 574
Dizziness 218
Brain fog 163
Fatigue 144
Blurry vision 138
Problems concentrating 115

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Pregabalin

Dosage Patients
150 mg twice daily 74
75 mg twice daily 55
150 mg daily 54
75 mg daily 36
300 mg daily 36
300 mg twice daily 36
100 mg twice daily 28
75 mg three times daily 28
100 mg daily 26
100 mg three times daily 24

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Why patients stopped taking Pregabalin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 1692
Did not seem to work 1192
Doctor's advice 395
Expense 391
Other 254
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 66
6 months - 1 year 88
1 - 2 years 95
2 - 5 years 186
5 - 10 years 223
10 years or more 64

Stopped taking Pregabalin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 671
1 - 6 months 911
6 months - 1 year 471
1 - 2 years 350
2 - 5 years 327
5 - 10 years 67
10 years or more 17
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 2422
Usually 373
Sometimes 91
Never taken as prescribed 213
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 273
Somewhat hard to take 353
A little hard to take 434
Not at all hard to take 2039
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 109
$100-199 152
$50-99 312
$25-49 462
< $25 861
Not specified 1203

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Pregabalin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 227
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 64
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 18
Tramadol (Ultram) 10
Milnacipran (Savella) 6

Show all 61 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Pregabalin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 106
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 62
Milnacipran (Savella) 8
Tramadol (Ultram) 7
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 6

Show all 66 treatments patients report switching to

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262 patient evaluations for Pregabalin

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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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