Lyrica is a prescription medication approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2005 as an adjunctive medication for the treatment of partial seizures in adults and children with epilepsy. Lyrica is usually prescribed in addition to other types of seizure medication. Lyrica is also known by its drug name, pregabalin.
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.
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.
Older adults may experience some side effects of Lyrica more intensely.
Common side effects of Lyrica include dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, swelling, blurred vision, weight gain, and thinking abnormally.
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.
Rare but serious side effects include swelling in the face and limbs, hypersensitivity reactions, respiratory depression, dizziness that disrupts everyday activities.
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.
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