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Lyrica (pregabalin)

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Pharmacy Author: Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD Jay W. Marks, MD

Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

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Lyrica (pregabalin) is an oral medication that is chemically related to gabapentin (Gralise, Neurontin). It is used for treating pain caused by neurologic diseases such as postherpetic neuralgia as well as seizures. It also is used for treating fibromyalgia.

Is Lyrica (pregabalin) available as a generic drug?

Yes

Do I need a prescription for Lyrica (pregabalin)?

Yes

Why is Lyrica (pregabalin) prescribed to patients?

Lyrica is used for:

Neuropathic pain associated with diabetic peripheral neuropathy or postherpetic neuralgia Spinal cord injury In combination with other drugs to treat partial onset seizures in adults Treating fibromyalgia What are the side effects of Lyrica (pregabalin)?

SIDE EFFECTS WARNING:

Antiepileptic medications have been associated with increased risk of suicidal thinking and behavior. Anyone considering the use of antiepileptic drugs must balance this risk of suicide with the clinical need. Patients who are started on therapy should be closely observed for clinical worsening, suicidal thoughts, or unusual changes in behavior.

SIDE EFFECTS:

The most common side effects of Lyrica are

dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth (xerostomia), edema (accumulation of fluid), blurred vision, double vision (diplopia), weight gain, fatigue (tiredness), abnormal gait (ataxia), tremor, and difficulty concentrating.

Other side effects include

constipation, increased appetite, nausea, flatulence, amnesia, disorientation, myoclonus (sudden, involuntary jerking of a muscle or muscle groups), heart failure, low blood pressure, vomiting, reduced blood platelet counts, and increased blood creatinine kinase levels.

Increased creatinine kinase can be a sign of muscle injury, and in clinical trials three patients experienced rhabdomyolysis (severe muscle injury). Therefore, patients should report unexplained muscle pain, tenderness or weakness to their doctors, especially if associated with fever and malaise (reduced well-being). Lyrica has rarely been associated with angioedema (swelling of the face, tongue, lips, and gums, throat and larynx).

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