What is Pregabalin?

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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 5,366 2,471
Pain 1,302 700
Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome 728 396
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 473 238
Generalized anxiety disorder 282 194

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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 911
Moderate 917
Mild 716
None 757

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Pregabalin

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 649
Dizziness 216
Blurry vision 145
Fatigue 142
Brain fog 134
Problems concentrating 118

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Pregabalin

Dosage Patients
75 mg twice daily 57
150 mg twice daily 47
150 mg daily 43
300 mg twice daily 31
300 mg daily 30
100 mg twice daily 26
150 mg three times daily 24
450 mg daily 23
100 mg daily 22
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 1764
Did not seem to work 1249
Doctor's advice 420
Expense 415
Other 272
Change in health plan coverage 123
Personal research 116
Course of treatment ended 64
See all 2937 patients who've stopped taking Pregabalin

Duration

Currently taking Pregabalin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 22
6 months - 1 year 30
1 - 2 years 55
2 - 5 years 145
5 - 10 years 196
10 years or more 101

Stopped taking Pregabalin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 765
1 - 6 months 901
6 months - 1 year 460
1 - 2 years 366
2 - 5 years 361
5 - 10 years 80
10 years or more 20
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 2576
Usually 399
Sometimes 96
Never taken as prescribed 230
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 287
Somewhat hard to take 371
A little hard to take 451
Not at all hard to take 2192
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 123
$100-199 155
$50-99 330
$25-49 484
< $25 910
Not specified 1299

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Pregabalin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 328
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) 141
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

Oct 21, 2007 (Started Oct 21, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Side effects
    Severe (swelling in legs, feet and ankles)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 75 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I was taking lyrica for almost 2 yrs. when on Oct. 21,2007 I fell outside my home from our steps and fell almost 2 ft. onto our concrete driveway. Due to this drug, I broke my right arm,shattered my right elbow, and broke my wrist. When I came out of surgery, i was psycotic and thought it was 1974. I had been on other meds for thyroid disease and lasiz, etc. It toook a week in the hospital to bring me back to normal. I suffered very severe side effects in 2007. I will always have limited use of my right arm and have not regained the memories I lost. I just recently had surgery on my right wrist. I now have a metal plate in my elbow and a prosticis in my wrist where i fell. I would not recommend this drug to anyone. I had been on 600 mg. daily and pfizer phar. would not assume any responsibility for this accident. They said my dr. and me should have realized all the severe side effects that this drug could cause. To me, this would be impossible. They said with my other meds., that could have also been a contributing factor. When I went on savella in June of 2009 I have had no side effects from this drug and in fact feel more alert and more responsible for my illness
Side effects: swelling in legs, feet and ankles

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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

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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

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