09-21-2006, 05:54 AM
Has anyone here tried Lyrica for pain? GP just prescribed it for me and I know nothing about it. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
09-21-2006, 08:44 AM
Hi Jackie65 :lol:
Pregabalin, marketed by Pfizer as Lyrica, is a prescription medication used to treat neuropathic pain in people with diabetes (DPN) and shingles (PHN) and as an adjunct therapy for people with partial seizures. After a long battle for FDA approval, the agency finally approved Lyrica in December 2004. Recent studies have shown that pregabalin is effective at treating chronic pain disorders such as fibromyalgia and Lupus.
The most common risks associated with this medication include: dizziness, blurred vision, sleepiness, weight gain, swelling (edema), muscle problems, and altered perception. Weight gain is of particular concern to those with diabetes, as this can worsen their condition. Lyrica also caused skin sores during animal studies. It is not clear whether this Lyrica side effect applies to humans as well.
There are certain medications that can adversely interact with Lyrica. Diabetes drugs, such as Avandia, can cause side effects when used in conjunction with Lyrica. Pain medications (OxyContin) and some anti-anxiety medications can also negatively interact with Lyrica.
It is important that you take it only as directed because it is reported to have caused dependency if misused!!
Peace and Blessings