What is Pregabalin?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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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 4,716 2,051
Pain 1,190 624
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 698 380
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 463 217
Generalized Anxiety Disorder 256 173
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 804
Moderate 798
Mild 606
None 600

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Pregabalin

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 520
Dizziness 204
Brain fog 147
Blurry vision 132
Daytime sleepiness 102
Tiredness 97

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Pregabalin

Dosage Patients
150 mg daily 41
150 mg twice daily 35
300 mg daily 35
75 mg twice daily 29
300 mg twice daily 21
150 mg three times daily 20
75 mg daily 18
50 mg daily 17
600 mg daily 17
100 mg twice daily 16

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Why patients stopped taking Pregabalin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 1617
Did not seem to work 1143
Doctor's advice 387
Expense 376
Other 244
Change in health plan coverage 106
Personal research 105
Course of treatment ended 56
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Duration

Currently taking Pregabalin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 35
6 months - 1 year 31
1 - 2 years 63
2 - 5 years 133
5 - 10 years 153
10 years or more 28

Stopped taking Pregabalin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 624
1 - 6 months 891
6 months - 1 year 456
1 - 2 years 335
2 - 5 years 314
5 - 10 years 57
10 years or more 15
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 2216
Usually 340
Sometimes 82
Never taken as prescribed 170
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 247
Somewhat hard to take 327
A little hard to take 400
Not at all hard to take 1834
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 91
$100-199 144
$50-99 293
$25-49 428
< $25 771
Not specified 1081

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Pregabalin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 158
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 36
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 16
Tramadol (Ultram) 9
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Vicodin) 4

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Patients stopped taking Pregabalin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 79
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 36
Milnacipran (Savella) 6
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Vicodin) 4
Tramadol (Ultram) 4

Show all 52 treatments patients report switching to

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260 patient evaluations for Pregabalin

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suzzie
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suzzie
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 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

  • 0 helpful marks
CarynH
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CarynH
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 44
Condition: Crohn's Disease 7 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Crohn's Disease

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Jul 21, 2016 (Started Apr 01, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Anxious mood)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 225 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: It helps for awhile and then I seem to build a tolerance. I just had a change in dose to double and expect worsening fog and anxiousness.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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KKmom
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KKmom
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Relapse: Mild
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: None
Cognition: none
Vision: mild
Speech: none
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: none
Walking: mild
I am: b
I have:
MS

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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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