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Can lyrica (pregabalin) effect memory?

Can lyrica (pregabalin) effect memory?

Yes but not always: Any medication that affects the central nervous system can definitely affect memory, and in that Lyrica (pregabalin) qualifies. If one was started on a high dose, there definitely could be memory complaints. Typically in my experience if the dose is started low and brought up very slowly memory problems are not seen. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Can there be permanent memory loss from lyrica (pregabalin)?

Can there be permanent memory loss from lyrica (pregabalin)?

NOT AT ALL: Lyrica (pregabalin) may cause drowsiness and dizziness, which may cloud thinking while on medication, but, once off, the side effects rapidly fade completely over 2-3 days, without residua. Permanent memory loss is NOT due to prior use of Lyrica (pregabalin). ...Read more

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My husband is on paroxetine and lyrica (pregabalin). Is this safe. He is now suffering short term memory loss since going on lyrica (pregabalin)?

Depression & Meds: Both paroxetine or Pregabalin (lyrica) could affect your husband's short term memory. However, depression may also affect his cognition. Either way, his doctor should consider conducting a neuropsychological evaluation to assess his cognitive baseline and then follow-up in a few months for comparison. In general, paroxetine and Pregabalin don't have significant interactions at regular doses. ...Read more

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On lyrica (pregabalin) from 16-19yo. Have memory problems, word recall issues, concentration etc. Can lyrica (pregabalin) cause this? Does it stop the formation of new synapses

Yes: Cognitive issues are common with lyrica (pregabalin). They quickly resolve if the med is stopped and may also resolve if your daily dose is lowered. Speak with the doctor who prescribes it. ...Read more

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What is the medication lyrica (pregabalin) used for?

Lyrica (pregabalin) is used: for both paroxysmal and continuous neuropathic pain conditions such as postherpetic neuralgia and diabetic neuropathy as well as trigeminal neuralgia and atypical odontalgia. ...Read more

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I am on lyrica (pregabalin) and i feel high is that normal?

I am on lyrica (pregabalin) and i feel high is that normal?

Not uncommon!: This is a major reason for discontinuing the drug! But your dosage may be high. Talk with doc! ...Read more

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Is lyrica (pregabalin) useful for treating all types of pain?

Is lyrica (pregabalin) useful for treating all types of pain?

Lyrica (pregabalin): Lyrica (pregabalin) is indicated for the treatment of neuropathic pain and widespread myocardial pain(fibromyalgia). ...Read more

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What is the dosage of lyrica (pregabalin) for fibermyalgia?

What is the dosage of lyrica (pregabalin) for fibermyalgia?

Fibromyalgia: This is not the place for dosing questions. Lyrica (pregabalin) may or may not be an appropriate medication for a particular patient. ...Read more

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Is lyrica (pregabalin) a narcotic?

Is lyrica (pregabalin) a narcotic?

No but......: Narcotic is more a legal term than a medical term. It does not necessarily refer to just opiate type medications. In general i think Lyrica (pregabalin) is a very helpful medicine, and i rarely see any addiction problems, however i did have a recent case of Lyrica (pregabalin) dependence. With that said most patients even with addiction history may still try this med if indicated and monitored. ...Read more

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What does lyrica (pregabalin) do?

Depends: Lyrica (pregabalin) was first introduced for seizures. However, it was found to have good activity in treatment neuropathic (nerve) pain. This type of pain is sometimes present in shingles and can last for a long time after the rash is gone. ...Read more

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Could i take lyrica (pregabalin) for "mood"?

Could i take lyrica (pregabalin) for "mood"?

Maybe: In controlled studies, about 5% of patients reported euphoria, but additional studies are needed to see if this will help mood. ...Read more

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What is lyrica (pregabalin) taken and used for?

See details: Lyrica (pregabalin) is used to treat chronic pain, especially from fibromyalgia or neurologic conditions. It is a neuroleptic agent. ...Read more

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What is the generic form of Lyrica (pregabalin)?

What is the generic form of Lyrica (pregabalin)?

No generic in US!: Gabapentin is as close to being a generic. Ask your doc about it! ...Read more

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Is tolerance an issue with Lyrica (pregabalin) ?

Unknown: No reports available in post marketing surveillance. It is not metabolized by the body and majority is excreted as intact drug. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Does Lyrica (pregabalin) calm overactive nerves ?

Lyrica (pregabalin) mechanism: Lyrica (pregabalin) blocks the neurons (receptors) which are in a hyper-excited status. These excited neurons only become the main cause of neurologic pain as experienced in central peripheral neuropathy. ...Read more

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Are there other options besides lyrica (pregabalin)?

Possibly: Lyrica (pregabalin) is used to treat pain and seizures. It may have some other off label uses as well. There are multiple medications that can be used to treat various types of pain, and multiple anticonvulsants. So, it really depends on the reason that it is given. If it is for nerve pain, then cymbalta, gabapentin, or tricyclic agents can be helpful. ...Read more

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Does Lyrica (pregabalin) help with inflamed nerves ?

Does Lyrica (pregabalin) help with inflamed nerves ?

Maybe: Lyrica (pregabalin) reduces irritability of nerves that are damaged or inflamed. That often results in less pain. Like most medications, it works in some people, and not in others. Careful adjustment of the dose is often needed to reduce pain without causing side effects.
Some people have side-effects that they can't tolerate. ...Read more

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How does Lyrica (pregabalin) work on nerve type pain ?

How does Lyrica (pregabalin) work on nerve type pain ?

Anti-seizure: Lyrica (pregabalin) is an anti-seizure medication. It decreases nerve firing. As a result it is often used for neuropathic pain conditions – ones that often have shooting for electric type symptomatology – such as sciatica. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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How long generally does Lyrica (pregabalin) start to work ?

Lyrica (pregabalin) 7-10 days: In clinical studies in neuropathic pain some patients experienced a decrease in pain in as early as 7-10 days with a minimum dosage 150 mg BID. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: lyrica (pregabalin)?

What is the definition or description of: lyrica (pregabalin)?

Valuable medicine: Pregabalin is indicated to treat diabetic nerve pain, fibromyalgia, complex partial seizures, spinal cord injury pain, but also is used to treat trigeminal neuralgia and post-herpetic neuralgia. Psychiatric problems may also be handled with this medicine. Has no significant drug-drug interactions, but may cause drowsiness, dizziness, weight gain and ankle swelling. ...Read more

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Does Lyrica (pregabalin) take a number of weeks to fully work ?

Yes, especially: when you escalate the dose to a therapuetic level. ...Read more

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Is it wise to take tyrptizan with Lyrica (pregabalin) for G A D.

Is it wise to take tyrptizan with Lyrica (pregabalin) for G A D.

Wise?: You already take a lot of psych medication and need to be very careful about interactions, etc. Some maybe helpful while you do CBT therapy to learn skills. These drugs are best for up to a year during therapy efforts to calm and support you. Managing anxiety takes skill learning and practice - that is being wise! Best wishes1 ...Read more

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Will I need larger and larger does of lyrica (pregabalin) over time?

Not necessary: I do not find the need to keep upping Lyrica (pregabalin) in my patients provided they were titrated to an effective dose initially. Certainly if you start very low and stay there then move up slowly you will keep going up and up. ...Read more

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Can I take migril and lyrica (pregabalin) together ? Thanks in advance.

Definitely, yes: Migril (ergotamine, cyclizine, caffeine) and Lyrica (pregabalin) have no interactions. For more information talk to the prescribing physician. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for lyrica (pregabalin) to begin working?

About one week: Usually within a week. But remember the dose often needs to be raised to achieve the desired results. ...Read more