Lyrica for Fibromyalgia

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Lyrica is a medicine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the first medication to be approved for the treatment of fibromyalgia. The name for Lyrica is Pregabalin, and it is useful in treating several different conditions. Fibromyalgia is a common syndrome in which people experience long-term, body-wide pain and tender points in joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues. Lyrica has the advantage of working quickly and can reduce pain, improve sleep, and help some people with fibromyalgia function better than before.

What it is
LYRICA is used to treat diabetic pain, nerve pain, pain from shingles and fibromyalgia. LYRICA also helps to treat partial onset seizures in adults with epilepsy who take one or more drugs for seizures.

How it is taken
Pregabalin can be taken either with or without food. A typical dose is 100 mg three times daily (300 mg/day) after one week.

Side Effects
Lyrica has the potential to make patients dizzy and when beginning the drug, may have an occasional "high" feeling for the first several days. Also during the first several days, people taking Lyrica should not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness or clear vision until you are sure that those activities can be performed safely. Alcoholic beverages should also be avoided while taking this medication. Pregabalin can, on occasion, cause a rare side effect of angioedema, which is the swelling of the face, tongue, lips, and gums, throat and larynx. If someone begins to develop those symptoms, they need to contact their health care provider immediately, as those symptoms can be life-threatening.

Precautions
There are not adequate studies of Lyrica with pregnant woman, and it is not known whether or not it is excreted in breast milk. If a patient takes the medication for more than several months, and the patient wants to stop taking it, the medication should be gradually weaned.


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Fibromyalgia is a prevalent condition that affects many people in the United States. Approximately 3.7 million Americans have Fibromyalgia. That is 1 in every 73 people.

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