Lyrica (Pregabalin) is an anticonvulsant used to help and relieve certain types of nerve pain or seizures. It is useful for the treatment of nerve pain due to diabetic neuropathy and post herpetic neuralgia. Lyrica capsule contains an active ingredient which is used to treat epilepsy.
Generic Lyrica may also be marketed as: Pregabalin, Lyrica.
*Lyrica® is a registered trademark of Pfizer®
Lyrica (Generic) works by stabilizing electrical activity in the brain, thus helping to relieve nerve pain and seizures. As Pregabalin stabilizes electrical nerve activity, it can also be used to treat pain that occurs as a result of damage to or a disturbance in the function of nerves (neuropathic pain). It is used for peripheral neuropathic pain, i.e. nerve pain in the hands, legs or feet, or central neuropathic pain, e.g.: as a result of a spinal cord injury.
Your doctor will determine which dose is appropriate for your condition and how many capsules you need to take every day. This may depend on your age, your medical condition and your medication history. Continue taking this medicine for as long as directed by your doctor, even when you feel better. If this medicine is not helping you and/or your condition is deteriorating, tell your doctor immediately.
The most common side effects are dizziness and drowsiness. If possible, avoid taking alcohol while taking Lyrica as this combination can make you even more drowsy and dizzy. Other side effects such as vomiting, excessive wind and feeling drunk can develop in less than 10% of patients taking Lyrica.
These side effects are usually mild to moderate in intensity but if they are troublesome or a cause for concern, contact your doctor.
- Increased appetite and weight gain
- Mood changes such as elevated or depressed mood or irritability
- Memory impairment
- Sexual problems such as decreased sex drive, erectile dysfunction (impotence)
- Women experiencing breast pain or discharge
- Shaky movements and unsteady walk
- Abnormal coordination
- Visual disturbance such as blurred vision, difficulty seeing fine details
- Dry eyes
- Dry mouth
- Dry nose
- Insomnia - inability to sleep at night
- Increased heart rate
- Shortness of breath
- Hot flushes and sweating
Tell your doctor if you have any medical conditions, and if you are taking any other medications, including non-prescription drugs from the supermarket, pharmacy or health food shops. Don't stop taking Lyrica unless advised by your doctor. Tell your doctor if you become pregnant or are planning to become pregnant. For further information on the appropriate dose for your condition and if you are unsure or don't understand the instructions on how to take your medicine, contact your doctor for help.
Storage:Store this medication away from moisture and heat, and keep it out of reach of children. Store it at a room temperature and up to 86°F (30°C).