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 5,349 2,466
Pain 1,299 706
Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome 727 397
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 470 233
Generalized anxiety disorder 283 196

Show all 352 reasons taken


  • 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 914
Mild 711
None 756

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Pregabalin

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 647
Dizziness 216
Blurry vision 145
Fatigue 142
Brain fog 133
Problems concentrating 116

Show all 555 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Pregabalin

Dosage Patients
75 mg twice daily 64
150 mg daily 48
150 mg twice daily 47
300 mg daily 40
150 mg three times daily 36
300 mg twice daily 33
100 mg twice daily 31
100 mg daily 26
450 mg daily 24
100 mg three times daily 22

See all 63 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Pregabalin

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 1760
Did not seem to work 1249
Doctor's advice 418
Expense 415
Other 270
Change in health plan coverage 121
Personal research 114
Course of treatment ended 63
See all 2926 patients who've stopped taking Pregabalin

Duration

Currently taking Pregabalin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 25
6 months - 1 year 25
1 - 2 years 70
2 - 5 years 166
5 - 10 years 233
10 years or more 106

Stopped taking Pregabalin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 766
1 - 6 months 899
6 months - 1 year 458
1 - 2 years 363
2 - 5 years 360
5 - 10 years 77
10 years or more 19
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 2570
Usually 398
Sometimes 97
Never taken as prescribed 229
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 286
Somewhat hard to take 374
A little hard to take 451
Not at all hard to take 2183
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 123
$100-199 155
$50-99 327
$25-49 485
< $25 909
Not specified 1295

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Pregabalin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 320
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 84
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 19
Tramadol (Ultram) 12
Milnacipran (Savella) 7

Show all 67 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Pregabalin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 135
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 73
Milnacipran (Savella) 13
Tramadol (Ultram) 10
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 9

Show all 69 treatments patients report switching to

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266 patient evaluations for Pregabalin

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.

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 3, 2017 (Started Nov 15, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 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!

  • 0 helpful marks

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

  • 0 helpful marks
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