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 5,347 2,464
Pain 1,299 706
Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome 727 397
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 470 233
Generalized anxiety disorder 284 196

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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 913
Mild 710
None 755

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

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Pregabalin

Dosage Patients
75 mg twice daily 63
150 mg daily 51
150 mg twice daily 49
300 mg daily 38
150 mg three times daily 34
100 mg twice daily 33
300 mg twice daily 30
100 mg daily 26
450 mg daily 24
100 mg three times daily 22

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Why patients stopped taking Pregabalin

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 1759
Did not seem to work 1248
Doctor's advice 417
Expense 415
Other 270
Change in health plan coverage 120
Personal research 113
Course of treatment ended 62
See all 2926 patients who've stopped taking Pregabalin

Duration

Currently taking Pregabalin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 5
1 - 6 months 23
6 months - 1 year 25
1 - 2 years 70
2 - 5 years 166
5 - 10 years 233
10 years or more 105

Stopped taking Pregabalin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 766
1 - 6 months 899
6 months - 1 year 457
1 - 2 years 363
2 - 5 years 361
5 - 10 years 77
10 years or more 19
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 2568
Usually 398
Sometimes 97
Never taken as prescribed 228
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 2180
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 123
$100-199 155
$50-99 327
$25-49 484
< $25 908
Not specified 1294

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Pregabalin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 319
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 83
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

Sep 11, 2007 (Started Jul 11, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 15, 2007 (Started Jul 15, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Severe (hallucinations)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Serious Hallucinations
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: hallucinations, hallucinations

  • 0 helpful marks

May 12, 2007 (Started May 15, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Severe (slow to wake in morning, headaches, weight gain, dizziness)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Advice & Tips: I only take Lyrica when i am very tired and my pain is unbareable , and ihave at least 12 hrs. to sleep and be alert. Lyrica ( and I took it long enough that these side effects should have gotten better, but thry didn't they still make me feel like a vegetable, so i can't take them very often.
Cost: $100-199 monthly
Side effects: slow to wake in morning, dizziness, brain fog, weight gain, headaches, headaches

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