Lyrica is used in the treatment of partial seizures, post herpetic neuralgia and fibromyalgia (muscle pain and stiffness). It works in the brain and helps control seizures and pain.
Pregabalin is an anticonvulsant. It only helps in controlling seizures but does not cure epilepsy.
It is also a neuropathic pain agent. It is helpful in nerve pains caused by shingles, diabetes and spinal cord injury.
It is available in the form of solution and capsule only with your doctor’s prescription.
2 What to Know Before Using
If you are about to start Lyrica, speak with your doctor about what you need to know.
Before starting the treatment your doctor should be informed about condition such as
Inform your doctor if you are allergic to any food, preservatives, dyes, or had an allergic reaction when you used this drug before.
There are no studies done which prove its harmful effects on children. However, safety and efficacy has not established for children.
This medicine does not cause any different side effects or problem than it does in younger adults. However, they may be are more sensitive to it effects and they may have age related problems in which this drug should be use cautiously.
It is a category C drug. There are no studies done which proves its safety during pregnancy. It should not be used in pregnancy. Consult your doctor and discuss the benefits and risks of using Pregabalin while you are pregnant.
There are no adequate studies which prove that Pregabalin pass in to breast milk. If you are using Pregabalin while nursing, discuss it with your doctor for possible risk factors.
Pregabalin interacts with many drugs. It should not be used with several drugs. Your doctor should be informed of any other medicine which you are taking as he/she may change the dosage or drug.
Some of them are listed below,
Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors (enalapril), if used with Pregabalin may increases angioedema risks.
Benzodiazepines (lorazepam) or narcotic pain medicines (oxycodone), if used together with Pregabalin may increases drowsiness risks.
Thiazolidinedione antidiabetic agents (rosiglitazone) as it may increases risk of weight gain or swelling of the hands and feet.
Other Medical Conditions
Several other conditions may reduce its effectiveness. Make sure you inform your doctor of conditions such as,
Heart problems (heart failure, irregular heart beat such as prolonged PR interval).
If you miss a dose of Pregabalin, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Store it at room temperature.
Keep it away from children
4 Precautions to Take
Before using Lyrica, there are some precautions you must take.
Your doctor should check your daily progress at regular visits.
Avoid drinking alcohol or taking other medications that are CNS depressants (sedatives, tranquilizers, barbiturates, antihistamines, muscle relaxants or anesthetics) while taking Pregabalin. It will add to the effects of alcohol and other depressants.
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