Pregabalin (pre-GA-ba-lin)


Generic Name: Pregabalin (pre-GA-ba-lin)

Used to Treat: epilepsy

Seizure Type: Partial seizures (all types)

Forms of the medicine:

150 mg. - 600 mg.

General Info:

What is Lyrica?
Lyrica (LEER-ih-kah) is the brand name for the anti-epilepsy medication pregbalin. This medication is used as an add-on therapy in the treatment of partial onset seizures in adults. Lyrica is available in capsules in eight dosage strengths from 25mg to 300mg.

How do I take Lyrica?
Take this medication exactly as it is prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts or longer than recommended by your doctor. Do not change your dosage without your doctor's advice. Tell your doctor if the medication does not seem to work in treating your condition. Take Lyrica exactly as directed. Lyrica may be habit forming. Do not take a larger dose, take it more often, or take it for a longer period of time than prescribed by your doctor.

Lyrica is taken by mouth two to three times a day. It may or may not be taken with food. However, try to take it at the same time and in the same manner every day. Your doctor will probably start you on a low dose of Lyrica and may gradually increase your dose during the first week of treatment.

Lyrica may help control your symptoms but will not cure your condition. It may take several weeks or longer before you feel the full benefit of Lyrica. Continue to take Lyrica even if you feel well. Do not stop taking Lyrica without talking to your doctor. If you suddenly stop taking Lyrica, you may experience withdrawal symptoms, including trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, nausea, diarrhea, headaches, or seizures. Your doctor will probably decrease your dose gradually over at least one week.

What if I miss a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take an extra dose, unless prescribed by your doctor.

What if I experience side effects?
Various side effects may occur in taking this medicine. Most side effects are not serious and may disappear naturally. Call your doctor if you have any questions concerning your possible side effects. However, do not stop taking your medication without advice from your doctor. They will discuss and recommend possible options for you. At times it is necessary to continue taking your medication despite these side effects.

There are other side effects that may be serious and indicate that your body is not tolerating the drug properly. Call a doctor right away if these side effects become severe or cause considerable problems in your daily functions. If you experience a change in seizures, severe rash, or allergic reaction contact your doctor immediately. If you experience persistent upset stomach, vomiting, or loss of appetite contact your doctor immediately.

Contact your physician immediately if you experience any of the following side effects:

  • Severe allergic reactions (rash, hives, difficulty breathing / swallowing, etc.)
  • Bloating / swelling of hands, feet, or ankles
  • Changes in vision
  • Confusion
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Mental / mood swings
  • Fatigue
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Muscle aches, pains, discomfort

Keep this medication in its original container, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store your prescription at room temperature, away from excess heat and moisture (i.e. not the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.

Recommendation for women
Safety in pregnancy has not been established. It is known that women taking antiepileptic drugs have higher incidence of birth defects than women who are not. Lyrica should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus. Women who are taking this medication and who wish to become pregnant should discuss treatment options with their physicians before the pregnancy begins. It is not known whether this drug is passed in breast milk, but is common with most anticonvulsants.

Other helpful information
You should take the medicine as prescribed by your physician. Stopping this medication suddenly can produce unwanted side effects and potentially increase seizure frequency. Possible contraindications to the use of Lyrica include a history of an allergic reaction to Lyrica or any of its components. Not everyone experiences side effects. There may be other side effects not appearing above. For a complete list, consult your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. More detailed sources of information on side effects are the drug’s prescribing information sheet (package insert), the Physician’s Desk Reference, or pharmaceutical company that produces the drug.

Side Effects

Blurred or double vision, Dry mouth, Sleepiness, Difficulty concentrating, Dizziness, Swelling of hands and feet, Weight gain, Drowsiness