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Getting Started With LYRICA
Like any new patient, you probably have questions about your new treatment and how it can help. Your doctor may have already told you about LYRICA. But here, you can find out a lot more—such as how LYRICA treats the specific pain of fibromyalgia, diabetic nerve pain, spinal cord injury nerve pain and pain after shingles. It can also reduce the frequency of partial onset seizures in adults with epilepsy as an add-on therapy. And as always, remember to partner with your doctor. The information here will help you know what to expect and when to expect it.
Why did my doctor prescribe LYRICA?
In clinical studies, LYRICA was proven effective in 2 difficult-to-treat nerve pain conditions—diabetic nerve pain and pain after shingles—and fibromyalgia. LYRICA was proven to provide significant relief from pain associated with these 3 conditions compared with a placebo.*
LYRICA is also FDA-approved to treat spinal cord injury nerve pain.
In clinical studies, LYRICA was also proven effective as an add-on therapy to significantly reduce the frequency of partial onset seizures in adults with epilepsy compared with a placebo.*
*Individual results may vary.
Why does my pain require a specific treatment?
Your pain is different than pain you may experience from a headache or sprained ankle. In general, there are 2 types of pain: nerve pain and muscle pain. Muscle pain usually has a clear cause (injury or inflammation) and tends to go away over time. Nerve pain is a unique type of pain that is the result of damaged nerves. Diabetic nerve pain, spinal cord injury nerve pain, and pain after shingles are examples of nerve pain. Fibromyalgia pain is thought to be the result of overactive nerves. These conditions can be long-lasting. The pain associated with these 4 conditions can be significantly reduced by daily prescription treatment such as LYRICA.
What makes LYRICA different than other medicines?
LYRICA is indicated to treat the distinct pain of fibromyalgia, diabetic nerve pain, spinal cord injury nerve pain, and pain after shingles. In the past, you may have taken over-the-counter pain relief pills or narcotics when you felt that your pain was getting to a point that was difficult to manage. Over-the-counter pain relief pills are not approved by the FDA for the treatment of these conditions. LYRICA is not an antidepressant or a narcotic. However, those who have had drug or alcohol problems may be more likely to misuse LYRICA.
There is no generic version of LYRICA.
How can LYRICA improve my condition?
In clinical studies, many patients taking LYRICA felt significant relief from pain caused by fibromyalgia, diabetic nerve pain, and pain after shingles.* In fact, some patients felt less pain in as soon as 1 week. LYRICA can also provide significant relief from spinal cord injury nerve pain.*
In clinical studies, LYRICA was proven as an add-on therapy to significantly reduce the frequency of partial onset seizures in adults with epilepsy who took LYRICA compared with those who took a placebo.*
*Individual results may vary.
It’s important to discuss your progress and any side effects you may feel with your doctor, especially in the first few weeks. Learn more about the potential side effects of LYRICA
Can I take LYRICA with other medicines?
LYRICA has a low potential for interaction with other medicines. Tell your doctor about all the medicines, vitamins or herbal supplements you take, especially medicines that make you sleepy or any medicines mentioned below:
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