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 4,772 2,102
Pain 1,200 628
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 699 381
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 462 220
Generalized Anxiety Disorder 260 177
Numbness and tingling with pins and needles 96 39

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 821
Moderate 809
Mild 623
None 616

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Pregabalin

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 524
Dizziness 205
Brain fog 151
Fatigue 139
Blurry vision 133
Daytime sleepiness 102

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Pregabalin

Dosage Patients
150 mg daily 45
150 mg twice daily 42
300 mg daily 31
75 mg twice daily 28
75 mg daily 23
150 mg three times daily 21
300 mg twice daily 20
100 mg three times daily 18
450 mg daily 17
600 mg daily 17

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Why patients stopped taking Pregabalin

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 1633
Did not seem to work 1156
Doctor's advice 390
Expense 379
Other 246
Change in health plan coverage 109
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 22
6 months - 1 year 47
1 - 2 years 66
2 - 5 years 136
5 - 10 years 167
10 years or more 37

Stopped taking Pregabalin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 629
1 - 6 months 898
6 months - 1 year 458
1 - 2 years 341
2 - 5 years 320
5 - 10 years 58
10 years or more 16
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 2250
Usually 351
Sometimes 84
Never taken as prescribed 184
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 254
Somewhat hard to take 335
A little hard to take 406
Not at all hard to take 1874
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 95
$100-199 144
$50-99 298
$25-49 436
< $25 788
Not specified 1108

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Pregabalin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 168
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 39
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) 82
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 39
Milnacipran (Savella) 6
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 4
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Vicodin) 4

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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: g
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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