Lyrica is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2005 as an adjunctive medication for the treatment of partial seizures in adults with epilepsy. Lyrica is usually prescribed in addition to other types of seizure medication. The drug name of Lyrica is Pregabalin.
Lyrica must be used with caution and closely monitored in people with a history of angioedema, edema, heart problems, blood disorders, or depression. Lyrica is not suitable for use by pregnant women, men or women who plan to try to conceive a child, or women who are breastfeeding.
Lyrica is an anticonvulsant, or drug that prevents seizures. It is believed that Lyrica works in cases of epilepsy by inhibiting nerve signals.
How do I take it?
Lyrica is a capsule taken orally two or three times a day. Lyrica may be taken with or without food. It is important to take Lyrica at approximately the same times each day. Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Lyrica, since it can exacerbate some side effects.
If you decide to stop taking Lyrica, consult your doctor on how to taper off. Do not abruptly stop taking Lyrica.
Always follow your doctor’s instructions exactly when taking Lyrica.
Pregabalin (Lyrica) has been studied in several clinical trials as an add-on treatment for partial seizures. Based on the results of the trials, researchers concluded that Pregabalin is effective in significantly reducing the number of seizures.
Older adults may experience some side effects of Lyrica more intensely.
Common side effects of Lyrica include drowsiness, dizziness, dry mouth, weight gain, edema (swelling), difficulty concentrating, and blurry vision.
Call your doctor if you experience rapid weight gain, swelling of your hands or feet, vision problems, bruising or bleeding more easily, or muscle pain or weakness, especially with fever.
Some people experience neurological symptoms including depression or suicidal thoughts while taking Lyrica. Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects.
Lyrica can also cause allergic reactions. Get medical help immediately if you experience difficulty breathing or swelling of the face, throat, eyes, lips, or tongue.