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 5,286 2,420
Pain 1,279 686
Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome 727 393
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 474 227
Generalized anxiety disorder 281 191

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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
906
Moderate
894
Mild
695
None
733

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Pregabalin

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 596
Dizziness 215
Blurry vision 144
Fatigue 142
Brain fog 130
Problems concentrating 113

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Pregabalin

Dosage Patients
150 mg twice daily 61
75 mg twice daily 53
300 mg daily 44
150 mg daily 43
100 mg twice daily 30
50 mg daily 28
150 mg three times daily 28
300 mg twice daily 27
75 mg daily 26
75 mg three times daily 26

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Why patients stopped taking Pregabalin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 1740
Did not seem to work 1227
Expense 407
Doctor's advice 405
Other 264
Change in health plan coverage 116
Personal research 107
Course of treatment ended 58
See all 2885 patients who've stopped taking Pregabalin

Duration

Currently taking Pregabalin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 7
1 - 6 months 52
6 months - 1 year 51
1 - 2 years 84
2 - 5 years 181
5 - 10 years 218
10 years or more 69

Stopped taking Pregabalin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 695
1 - 6 months 927
6 months - 1 year 484
1 - 2 years 357
2 - 5 years 349
5 - 10 years 70
10 years or more 18
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 2529
Usually 382
Sometimes 96
Never taken as prescribed 221
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 280
Somewhat hard to take 365
A little hard to take 443
Not at all hard to take 2140
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 118
$100-199 154
$50-99 324
$25-49 480
< $25 891
Not specified 1261

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Pregabalin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 287
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 83
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 18
Tramadol (Ultram) 12
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 6

Show all 65 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Pregabalin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 127
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 75
Milnacipran (Savella) 12
Tramadol (Ultram) 10
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 7

Show all 68 treatments patients report switching to

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263 patient evaluations for Pregabalin

Dec 9, 2008 (Started May 08, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Start out at a low dose and work your way up. Try to stay on the lowest dose possible that will help control your pain. If you need to use during the day, use a low dose (25 to 50mg).
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 19 helpful marks

Aug 25, 2008 (Started Jun 09, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for muscle twitching)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (tiredness, weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 450 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: increase in appetite
Cost: $100-199 monthly
Side effects: tiredness, weight gain

  • 2 helpful marks

Jun 21, 2010 (Started Mar 05, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (sore top of foot for 3 days having trouble walking, migraine headaches, drowsiness, difficulty falling asleep)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: i would be very careful going too high on doseage, i was ok on 75mg x 3 times a day, but when i went up to 100 mg x 3 daily, i actually felt worse than before i started.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: difficulty falling asleep, blurry vision, repeating myself without realizing it in a converation, migraine headaches, drowsiness, sore top of foot for 3 days having trouble walking

May 16, 2010 (Started Mar 05, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: i would advice people to give lyrica a try because i haven't had any side effects so far, and have been on it a couple of months now. since the dr upped my dose to 175mg a day i am not having naps during the day either
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: difficulty falling asleep, blurry vision, repeating myself without realizing it in a converation, migraine headaches, drowsiness, sore top of foot for 3 days having trouble walking

Apr 25, 2010 (Started Mar 05, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Severe (sore top of foot for 3 days having trouble walking, migraine headaches, drowsiness, difficulty falling asleep)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: it is not having a great impact on my life at the moment with all the headaches and the drowsiness during the day
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: difficulty falling asleep, blurry vision, repeating myself without realizing it in a converation, migraine headaches, drowsiness, sore top of foot for 3 days having trouble walking

Apr 8, 2010 (Started Mar 05, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (sore top of foot for 3 days having trouble walking, drowsiness, difficulty falling asleep)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: it seemed to be going well but the last week have been in more pain, this may be because i have been under an awful lot of stress in the last two weeks
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: difficulty falling asleep, blurry vision, repeating myself without realizing it in a converation, migraine headaches, drowsiness, sore top of foot for 3 days having trouble walking

Mar 10, 2010 (Started Mar 05, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: the first couple of nights i had problems getting to sleep, till 5am but now it it about 1am which is a lot better and i not drowsy during the day like i was with gabapentin. so that is a good thing. and my hip pain is a lot better than it was.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: difficulty falling asleep, blurry vision, repeating myself without realizing it in a converation, migraine headaches, drowsiness, sore top of foot for 3 days having trouble walking

Mar 7, 2010 (Started Mar 05, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (difficulty falling asleep)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 75 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: i am only taking lyrica at night so far, as the dr told me to do it gradually. the only thing i have found is i have having a lot of trouble sleeping at night, not getting to sleep till about 5am. which is worse than i was before but i am trying to stick with it.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: difficulty falling asleep, blurry vision, repeating myself without realizing it in a converation, migraine headaches, drowsiness, sore top of foot for 3 days having trouble walking

  • 2 helpful marks
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