Lyrica

Generic Name: Pregabalin

  • What is Lyrica?

    Lyrica is a medicine used to treat seizures, pain from damaged nerves (neuropathic pain) that occur from diabetes and shingles (painful rash caused by chickenpox virus), and fibromyalgia (widespread muscle pain).

  • What is the most important information I should know about Lyrica?

    Take Lyrica exactly as prescribed. Do not stop taking Lyrica suddenly or without talking to your doctor.

    Lyrica may cause serious allergic reactions. Stop taking Lyrica and call your doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms: swelling of the face, mouth, lips, tongue, gums, or neck; trouble breathing; or rash, hives, or blisters.

    Like other antiseizure drugs, Lyrica may rarely cause suicidal thoughts or actions in a very small number of people. If you have suicidal thoughts or actions, do not stop Lyrica without first talking to a doctor. Pay attention to any sudden changes in mood, behaviors, thoughts, or feelings; call a doctor right away if you have any such changes, especially if they are new, worse, or worry you.

    Lyrica may cause swelling of your hands, legs, and feet. This swelling may be a serious problem for people with heart problems.

    Tell your doctor right away if you experience muscle problems, muscle pain, soreness, or weakness, especially if you feel sick and have a fever. Call your doctor if you have any changes in your eyesight, including blurred vision.

  • Who should not take Lyrica?

    You should not take Lyrica if you have a known sensitivity or allergy to it.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Lyrica?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Lyrica. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have a history of depression, drug or alcohol abuse, angioedema (hives or swelling), have kidney or heart problems, a bleeding problem or a low blood platelet count, diabetes, are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. Additionally, if you are a male planning to father a child, inform your doctor.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dosage for you based on your condition.

  • How should I take Lyrica?

    Lyrica should be taken at the same time every day, with or without food.

  • What should I avoid while taking Lyrica?

    Lyrica can cause dizziness, sleepiness, fatigue, and blurred vision. Do not drive or operate machinery until you know how Lyrica will affect you.

    Avoid alcohol or drugs that may cause you to feel sleepy or tired. Lyrica and alcohol can affect each other and increase side effects such as sleepiness and dizziness.

    Do not stop taking Lyrica suddenly, because you may get headaches, nausea, diarrhea, or have trouble sleeping. Also, you may experience more frequent seizures if you already have a seizure disorder. If you need to stop taking Lyrica, your doctor will tell you how to slowly stop taking it.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Lyrica?

    If Lyrica is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Lyrica with the following: ACE inhibitors for blood pressure, antidiabetes drugs known as thiazolidinediones, or CNS depressants such as opiates or benzodiazepines (such as alprazolam).

  • What are the possible side effects of Lyrica?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: dizziness, fatigue, sleepiness, accidental injury, dry mouth, edema (fluid retention), blurred vision, incoordination, lack of concentration, weight gain

  • Can I receive Lyrica if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Lyrica during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Lyrica?

    If you miss a dose of Lyrica, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store Lyrica?

    Store at room temperature.

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