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 5,009 2,272
Pain 1,223 643
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 710 386
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 469 222
Generalized Anxiety Disorder 270 181
Numbness and tingling with pins and needles 96 39

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  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 875
Moderate 854
Mild 663
None 662

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Pregabalin

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 565
Dizziness 214
Brain fog 161
Fatigue 144
Blurry vision 137
Problems concentrating 114

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Pregabalin

Dosage Patients
150 mg twice daily 63
150 mg daily 53
75 mg twice daily 50
300 mg daily 36
300 mg twice daily 36
75 mg daily 32
75 mg three times daily 28
50 mg twice daily 22
100 mg three times daily 22
100 mg twice daily 21

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Why patients stopped taking Pregabalin

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 1678
Did not seem to work 1185
Doctor's advice 393
Expense 387
Other 250
Change in health plan coverage 111
Personal research 106
Course of treatment ended 56
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Duration

Currently taking Pregabalin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 5
1 - 6 months 68
6 months - 1 year 71
1 - 2 years 92
2 - 5 years 176
5 - 10 years 206
10 years or more 59

Stopped taking Pregabalin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 666
1 - 6 months 909
6 months - 1 year 465
1 - 2 years 345
2 - 5 years 322
5 - 10 years 64
10 years or more 17
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 2389
Usually 368
Sometimes 91
Never taken as prescribed 206
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 270
Somewhat hard to take 351
A little hard to take 429
Not at all hard to take 2004
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 104
$100-199 151
$50-99 308
$25-49 457
< $25 848
Not specified 1186

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Pregabalin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 213
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 59
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 18
Tramadol (Ultram) 10
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 5

Show all 59 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Pregabalin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 100
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 58
Milnacipran (Savella) 8
Tramadol (Ultram) 7
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 6

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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: 2 stars
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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