Lyrica [use and abuse]
Type of Spiritual Experience
It is interesting to contrast the accepted medical view and that from those people who have used [and abused] this drug…………
A description of the experience
Pregabalin, marketed under the brand name Lyrica among others, is a medication used to treat epilepsy, neuropathic pain, fibromyalgia, and generalized anxiety disorder. Its use for epilepsy is as an add-on therapy for partial seizures with or without secondary generalization in adults. Some off-label uses of pregabalin include restless leg syndrome, prevention of migraines[sic], social anxiety disorder, and alcohol withdrawal. When used before surgery it does not appear to affect pain after surgery but 'may decrease the use of opioids' [sic].
Common side effects include: sleepiness, confusion, trouble with memory, poor motor coordination, dry mouth, problem with vision, and weight gain. Potentially serious side effects include angioedema, drug misuse, and an increased suicide risk. When pregabalin is taken at high doses over a long period of time, addiction may occur. It is classified as a GABA analogue.
Parke-Davis developed pregabalin as a successor to gabapentin and was brought to market by Pfizer after the company acquired Warner-Lambert. There is to be no generic version available in the United States until 2018. A generic version is available in Canada and the United Kingdom. In the US it costs about 300-400 USD per month. Pregabalin is a Schedule V controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 (CSA).
Most common Lyrica side effects from eHealthme
- Pain - (14,058 reports)
- Drug ineffective - (11,612 reports)
- Dizziness - (9,053 reports)
- Weight increased - (7,501 reports)
- Drowsiness - (6,851 reports)
- Fatigue - (5,979 reports)
- Nausea - (5,911 reports)
- Pain in extremity - (5,648 reports)
- Malaise - (5,577 reports)
- Fall - (5,236 reports)