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 5,150 2,359
Pain 1,245 658
myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome 717 389
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 471 223
generalized anxiety disorder 277 188
Numbness and tingling with pins and needles 96 39

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  • Major
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  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 897
Moderate 879
Mild 679
None 696

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Pregabalin

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 583
Dizziness 221
Brain fog 163
Fatigue 144
Blurry vision 141
Problems concentrating 116

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Pregabalin

Dosage Patients
150 mg twice daily 68
75 mg twice daily 64
150 mg daily 59
300 mg daily 38
75 mg daily 35
300 mg twice daily 32
100 mg twice daily 30
75 mg three times daily 29
100 mg three times daily 28
100 mg daily 27

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Why patients stopped taking Pregabalin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 1708
Did not seem to work 1206
Doctor's advice 398
Expense 395
Other 256
Change in health plan coverage 115
Personal research 106
Course of treatment ended 56
See all 2824 patients who've stopped taking Pregabalin

Duration

Currently taking Pregabalin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 65
6 months - 1 year 96
1 - 2 years 100
2 - 5 years 194
5 - 10 years 229
10 years or more 70

Stopped taking Pregabalin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 680
1 - 6 months 917
6 months - 1 year 475
1 - 2 years 352
2 - 5 years 330
5 - 10 years 69
10 years or more 17
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 2469
Usually 377
Sometimes 93
Never taken as prescribed 212
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 274
Somewhat hard to take 361
A little hard to take 438
Not at all hard to take 2078
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 111
$100-199 152
$50-99 312
$25-49 468
< $25 875
Not specified 1233

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Pregabalin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 238
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 68
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 19
Tramadol (Ultram) 12
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 6

Show all 63 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Pregabalin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 110
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 64
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

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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