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 4,932 2,226
Pain 1,212 636
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 705 384
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 465 220
Generalized Anxiety Disorder 266 182
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 865
Moderate 838
Mild 654
None 644

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Pregabalin

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 551
Dizziness 211
Brain fog 156
Fatigue 143
Blurry vision 133
Daytime sleepiness 103

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Pregabalin

Dosage Patients
150 mg twice daily 55
150 mg daily 47
75 mg twice daily 46
300 mg daily 36
75 mg daily 31
300 mg twice daily 25
100 mg twice daily 24
100 mg three times daily 24
75 mg three times daily 22
50 mg daily 21

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Why patients stopped taking Pregabalin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 1662
Did not seem to work 1174
Doctor's advice 392
Expense 387
Other 247
Change in health plan coverage 110
Personal research 106
Course of treatment ended 56
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Duration

Currently taking Pregabalin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 7
1 - 6 months 47
6 months - 1 year 62
1 - 2 years 85
2 - 5 years 168
5 - 10 years 198
10 years or more 52

Stopped taking Pregabalin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 653
1 - 6 months 908
6 months - 1 year 463
1 - 2 years 344
2 - 5 years 321
5 - 10 years 61
10 years or more 16
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 2349
Usually 362
Sometimes 89
Never taken as prescribed 201
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 269
Somewhat hard to take 346
A little hard to take 423
Not at all hard to take 1963
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 100
$100-199 150
$50-99 304
$25-49 453
< $25 830
Not specified 1164

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Pregabalin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 197
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 54
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 17
Tramadol (Ultram) 10
Milnacipran (Savella) 5

Show all 57 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Pregabalin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 94
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 55
Milnacipran (Savella) 7
Tramadol (Ultram) 7
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 6

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261 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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