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What is the medication lyrica (pregabalin) used for?

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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Aside from lyrica, (pregabalin) what medications is very helpful for fibromyalgia?

Aside from lyrica, (pregabalin) what medications is very helpful for fibromyalgia?

See details: Gagapentin (Neurontin), Cymbalta and Savella (milnacipran) are all potentially very effective. Topamax can also help. ...Read more

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Is there a more effective medication than lyrica (pregabalin) for fibromyalgia pain?

Is there a more effective medication than lyrica (pregabalin) for fibromyalgia pain?

It is individual: Lyrica (pregabalin) at night can help pain and improve sleep in some fm patients. However, Lyrica (pregabalin) does not help others and can cause side effects that limit effectiveness. Since all fm patients are different, individualized treatment is necessary. Find a provider who will work with you to find the most effective treatment for your fibromyalgia. ...Read more

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What to do if I have started to take lyrica (pregabalin) and would like to know if anyone has good results from taking this medication,?

Lyrica (pregabalin): It is widely used for both paroxysmal and continuous neuropathic pain conditions such as postherpetic neuralgia and diabetic neuropathy as well as trigeminal neuralgia and atypical odontalgia. Lyrica (pregabalin) 's ability to improve sleep makes it a good choice for patients with a sleep and pain problems. ...Read more

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I take 600 milligrams of lyrica (pregabalin) a day and I have put on 30 lbs what should I do and what if I stoped taking this medication?

Weight gain: Is common in females and less so in males. Cut your dose to 400 and then 200. Talk to your doctor about alternatives! ...Read more

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Is there one medication that can replace lyrica, (pregabalin) lortab, and my pain patches?

Is there one medication that can replace lyrica, (pregabalin) lortab, and my pain patches?

No: Each drug has a seaprate mechanism of action. Lortab a strong morphine like pain killer-hydrocodone combined with Acetaminophen (tylenol); Lyrica (pregabalin) an anticonvulsant medication (pregabilin), and your pain patches could be a local anesthetic (lidoderm), a non steroidal anti inflammatory (flectorpatch) or another morphine like drug (fentanyl patch); no single drug will have all those actions. ...Read more

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I have a problem gaining weight on medications so is there anything else you can take for fibromyalgia other than Lyrica (pregabalin)? Thank you.

Yes there are: Unfortunately, weight gain is common with many of the oral medications used in the treatment of FBS. Medications in the same classes have differing degrees to which they contribute on an individual basis. Following is a list of different classes and examples of each: AED- Lyrica, (pregabalin) gabapentin, Topamax. TCA-Doxepin, amitriptyline. SNRI-Cymbalta, venlafaxine. Topamax often causes weight loss. ...Read more

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I take4x10mg oxynorm & 3x200mg lyrica (pregabalin) daily having high frequency nevro scs fitted. Assuming it works, what is a safe schedule of medication reduction?

This will vary from: Patient to patient. Unfortunately there are too many clinical factors to be taken into account for anyone but your personal physician to answer this question. Best wishes and good luck. ...Read more

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What's the difference between the medications, Neurontin and lyrica (pregabalin)?

What's the difference between the medications, Neurontin and lyrica (pregabalin)?

Cost and absorption: Gabapentin (neurontin) and Pregabalin (lyrica) are structurally similar and have similar effects pharmacologically. Pregabalin is absorbed better and is more potent in some studies, however it is also quite a bit more expensive since it is not available as a generic. ...Read more

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What medications to use if you've already used gabapentin and lyrica (pregabalin)?

What medications to use if you've already used gabapentin and lyrica (pregabalin)?

Depend on conditions: Gabapentin and Lyrica (pregabalin) are anti-seizure medication. If you talk them for seizure, there are many more choices. If you take them for nerve pain, you might benefit from medication change. Please see your doctor to discuss your concern. ...Read more

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What is the difference between the medications Neurontin (gabapentin) and lyrica (pregabalin)?

Basically price: Gabapentin is older and available generically, so much cheaper. Lyrica (pregabalin) is newer dosages are different and somewhat less frequent than gabapentin. Lyrica (pregabalin)- because it is newer has more indications (labelled uses- ie postherpetic neuralgia and fibromyalgia) but Gabapentin will work just as well. Gabapentin (neurontin) was originally marketed for seizure disorders but more commonly used for neuralgi. ...Read more

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Husband (32 yrs old) has fibromyalgia. He is not on any medication but has tried Lyrica and Cymbalta with bad side effects. What can we do?

Husband (32 yrs old) has fibromyalgia. He is not on any medication but has tried Lyrica and Cymbalta with bad side effects. What can we do?

One option: That can be discussed with his physician - is using acupuncture as an adjunctive treatment. I would not anticipate it to be a cure - but it can often be quite helpful. ...Read more

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Lyrica (pregabalin) works well to control my nerve pain however side effects are horrible. Is there a similar medication with less side effects and less pricey?

YES, SEVERAL: You could perhaps have less adverse effects with some of the newer designer Gabapentin products, such as horizant, or gralise. Another option is Cymbalta or savella, (milnacipran) and lastly perhaps a compounded pain creme. ...Read more

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What's best medication to reduce swelling around nerve of I have trigeminal neuropathy? Will lyrica (pregabalin) work?

What's best medication to reduce swelling around nerve of I have trigeminal neuropathy? Will lyrica (pregabalin) work?

Painful!: Most cases of trigeminal or facial nerve pain are diagnosed as neuralgia. The mechanism is usually compression on the nerve from a blood vessel or injury or as the result of MS. Medications that block nerve firing, such as anti-seizure medications, are typically used: carbamazepam, topiramate, gabapentin/Neurontin, and pregabalin/Lyrica are used. There are also a number of surgical treatments. ...Read more

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Are there any new medications similar to Neurontin or lyrica (pregabalin) on the horizon?

Are there any new medications similar to Neurontin or lyrica (pregabalin) on the horizon?

Mechanisms of action: Meds that act on calcium channels = Gabapentin and lyrica; likely no new meds with that same mechanism of action for a while. But, existing meds for neuropathy w/ different moa include Cymbalta & venlafaxine (snris), Amitriptyline and other heterocyclic antidepressants, tizanidine (alpha2 agonist), vimpat (lacosamide) (anticonvulsant), Alpha lipoic acid, and vitamin B12 + b6 + folate supplements. Take care! ...Read more

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I am taking lyrica (pregabalin) for neck/ head pain but I am getting more pain relief from treatment by an osteopath. Can I cease medication safely?

Yes you can: Lyrica (pregabalin) is an anticonvulsant and should be discontinued by tapering the dosage down 25 mg very 3-4 days.
Anticonvulsant should never be abruptly discontinued to prevent the possible occurrence of seizures. Rec.: before discontinue medication consult with your physician for the future consideration (plan b). ...Read more

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Are there any tremor medications that don't cause hair loss when mixed with trazadone, lyrica (pregabalin) and Lexapro?

Are there any tremor medications that don't cause hair loss when mixed with trazadone, lyrica (pregabalin) and Lexapro?

Trazadone combo?: Severe hair Loss is a known side effect of Trazodone. Although some medications can cause hair loss, pregabalin (Lyrica) does not commonly cause hair loss. Unfortunately, antidepressants like SSRIs and SNRIs do cause hair loss. ...Read more

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What treatment is available for bilateral burning in the legs and feet other than medication like Gabapentin, Lyrica (pregabalin) or cymbalta? I'm 21

What treatment is available for bilateral burning in the legs and feet other than medication like Gabapentin, Lyrica (pregabalin) or cymbalta? I'm 21

What is the cause?: What is the cause for your bilateral burning? Are you a diabetic? Do you have peripheral neuropathy? Those meds that you listed are the standard meds for painful peripheral neuropathy. If you haven't already, go get a nerve test (EMG) to determine if this is true peripheral neuropathy. Bilateral nerve pain is usually neuropathy, and there are a multitude of causes other than diabetes. ...Read more

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What medication is making me exhausted to the point it's hard to breath + skipped heart beats : lyrica, (pregabalin) diazepam or isotretinion? :. (miserable!

What medication is making me exhausted to the point it's hard to breath + skipped heart beats : lyrica, (pregabalin) diazepam or isotretinion? :. (miserable!

Any: Isotretinoin, Lyrica (pregabalin) and diazepam can all contribute to fatigue. Diazepam is a sedative and is most likely the cause. Also Isotretinoin can cause mood changes such as depression. Contact your doctors as soon as possible for evaluation and treatment. They may have you hold one or more medications until your symptoms resolve. ...Read more

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How can I lose the weight from Lyrica. I walk 5km every day, eat very little and still cant lose weight. It is a great drug. Many Thanks?

How can I lose the weight from Lyrica. I walk 5km every day, eat very little and still cant lose weight. It is a great drug. Many Thanks?

Not easy: Keep a detailed diary of all of your intake for a week or so. You may be eating/drinking more than you realize. After review of the diary, reduce you intake by at least 30%. With increasing age, it is harder to lose weight due to slowing of metabolism.
Wish you good health! ...Read more

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What drug would be advised if Lyrica (pregabalin) doesn't help? Is it always best to avoid strong painkillers?

What drug would be advised if Lyrica (pregabalin) doesn't help? Is it always best to avoid strong painkillers?

Lyrica (pregabalin): I do not know about always, but a steppe approach worth a try. I see your wife has neuropathic pain. Tylenol, (acetaminophen) Motirn. Also consider Capsaiscin or talk to your doctor about a topical anesthetic patch. ...Read more

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How do I stop taking lyrica, (pregabalin)tried just stopping 300mg., didn't go too well, had sweats, chills anxiety, how do I stop this drug?

How do I stop taking lyrica, (pregabalin)tried just stopping 300mg., didn't go too well, had sweats, chills anxiety, how do I stop this drug?

Taper: Depending on how long you were on the medication, you need to taper off the medication. Usually safe to half the dose every three days. ...Read more

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Will I get more relief from using two different drugs together like amitriptyline and Lyrica (pregabalin) (not currently taking) than either one alone?

Will I get more relief from using two different drugs together like amitriptyline and Lyrica (pregabalin) (not currently taking) than either one alone?

Recommended: And used in many chronic pain disorders. There is no problem in taking those drugs together and often recommended. They work on separate nerve receptors and do not affect each other. However, always ask your doctor for more information about your individual situation ...Read more

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Just passed nclex and can I become a LPN if im taking Lyrica (pregabalin) and amiptriptyline in NY. Will I pass urine screen. Should I ween off these drugs?

Should be fine: Lyrica (pregabalin) is not screened for in UDS (Urine Drug Screens).

Amiptriptyline is screened for, but is a tricyclic antidepressant (I'm sure you knew that) and should not be of concern to your future employer.

Your health is more important than faking your way through a drug screen. If they catch something and ask you about it, show them the prescription. ...Read more