Pregabalin (Lyrica):
What is it?

Pregabalin (Lyrica):
How is it Used?


  Find Us on Facebook
  Follow Us on Twitter

FoundHealth is created by contributors like you!   edit Edit   comments Comments
wheel

3 people worked on this article:

ritasharma maria_rn Gary Wu
Print
Share
         

Pregabalin (Lyrica) Side Effects and Warnings

Side Effects and Warnings

Side effects

Below are the most common side effects that may occur with Lyrica use. Patients should check with their doctors if any of these persist or become bothersome:

  • blurred vision
  • dizziness
  • drowsiness
  • insomnia
  • dry mouth
  • headache
  • lightheadedness
  • trouble concentrating
  • constipation or diarrhea
  • weight gain

There are serious side effects that are associated with Lyrica use. Patients should contact their doctors immediately if they notice any of the following symptoms:

  • allergic reactions such as rash, hives, itching, difficulty breathing,swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue
  • anxiety
  • confusion
  • chest pain
  • fast or irregular heartbeat
  • suicidal thoughts
  • loss of coordination
  • tremors
  • worsening mood
  • muscle aches, pain, tenderness, or weakness
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • changes in vision
  • speaking problems

Drug interactions

Lyrica can potentially interact certain drugs. Patients are advised to check with their doctors before using Lyrica with any of the following drugs:

  • antihistamines
  • anxiety medication
  • diabetes agents
  • narcotic analgesics
  • anticonvulsants
  • sleeping pills
  • tranquilizers

Warnings

Before starting pregablin, you should tell your healthcare provider if you have any of the following conditions:

  • any allergies
  • a history of drug or alcohol abuse
  • kidney disease
  • heart disease
  • arrhythmia
  • bleeding disorder

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or planning pregnancy while on pregablin therapy. Male patients should tell their doctor if they plan to father a child during treatment. Some animal studies showed that pregabalin, made male animals less fertile and caused sperm abnormalities. Birth defects also occurred in the offspring of male animals who were given pregabalin. It is not known whether pregablin will produce the same effects in humans.

It is also important to tell your doctor about all the medicines, health supplements, and herbs that you're taking

Patients taking pregabalin may have thoughts about suicide. Contact your doctor right away if you have thoughts about hurting yourself, or if you have mood or behavior changes, depression, anxiety, or restlessness.

Lyrica can cause side effects that may affect your alertness or reactions. Patients taking this medication are advised not drive a car, work with machines, or do other activities that require alertness until they know how the medication affects them.

Do not drink alcohol while taking LYRICA. Taking this drug with alcohol can affect increase side effects such as sleepiness and dizziness.

Preview