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 5,362 2,466
Pain 1,303 706
Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome 728 396
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 471 234
Generalized anxiety disorder 281 194

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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 913
Moderate 916
Mild 714
None 756

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Pregabalin

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 648
Dizziness 216
Blurry vision 145
Fatigue 142
Brain fog 133
Problems concentrating 117

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Pregabalin

Dosage Patients
75 mg twice daily 57
150 mg daily 49
150 mg twice daily 49
300 mg daily 36
150 mg three times daily 32
100 mg twice daily 28
300 mg twice daily 28
100 mg daily 24
100 mg three times daily 22
450 mg daily 22

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Why patients stopped taking Pregabalin

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 1762
Did not seem to work 1248
Doctor's advice 420
Expense 415
Other 271
Change in health plan coverage 122
Personal research 115
Course of treatment ended 64
See all 2933 patients who've stopped taking Pregabalin

Duration

Currently taking Pregabalin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 25
6 months - 1 year 32
1 - 2 years 60
2 - 5 years 157
5 - 10 years 210
10 years or more 105

Stopped taking Pregabalin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 765
1 - 6 months 899
6 months - 1 year 460
1 - 2 years 365
2 - 5 years 360
5 - 10 years 80
10 years or more 20
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 2575
Usually 398
Sometimes 96
Never taken as prescribed 230
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 285
Somewhat hard to take 372
A little hard to take 450
Not at all hard to take 2192
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 123
$100-199 155
$50-99 330
$25-49 483
< $25 910
Not specified 1298

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Pregabalin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 326
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 84
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 19
Tramadol (Ultram) 12
Milnacipran (Savella) 7

Show all 66 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Pregabalin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 138
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 73
Milnacipran (Savella) 13
Tramadol (Ultram) 10
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 9

Show all 69 treatments patients report switching to

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267 patient evaluations for Pregabalin

Sep 10, 2018 (Started Mar 15, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 75 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Lyrica interrupts the sending of messages along your nerves to dampen their signals. This means much less pain but it dampens pleasure signals too. Not ideal but having breathing not hurt is worth sex being less fun.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 8, 2018 (Started Feb 21, 1997)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 26, 2018 (Started Jun 26, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for back pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

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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