How To Take LYRICA® (pregabalin) CV | Dosing | Safety Info | Spinal Cord Injury
Knowing How to Take LYRICA Can Help You Get the Most from Treatment
There are things you can do when taking LYRICA to get the most from your treatment. It’s important to work closely with your doctor if you are not feeling the spinal cord injury nerve pain relief you hoped for or if you are experiencing side effects. Your doctor may be able to help by adjusting your dose. So now’s a great time to learn about taking LYRICA and working with your doctor to find the right dosage strength for you.
It’s Important to Understand How to Take LYRICA From Day 1
How do I take LYRICA?
Take LYRICA every day as prescribed by your doctor. Here are a few ways to help make sure you take LYRICA the right way:
- Try to take LYRICA at the same times each day
- Consider taking LYRICA in combination with other daily activities, such as eating meals or brushing your teeth
- You can take LYRICA with or without food
Keep in mind. If you aren’t feeling the spinal cord injury nerve pain relief you expected or if you are experiencing side effects, there may be things your doctor can do to help. Do not stop taking LYRICA without first talking to your doctor. Learn how to best partner with your doctor.
How do I know if I’m on the right dose?
Everyone is unique and may respond to LYRICA differently. LYRICA is available in multiple strengths. Your doctor can adjust your dose to help you get the most from your treatment. So 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.
Your healthcare provider may change your dose. Do not change your dose without talking to your healthcare provider.
What dose is recommended for my condition?
LYRICA should be taken every day as prescribed by your doctor. It is recommended that patients with nerve pain from spinal cord injury take LYRICA 2 times daily. The recommended total starting dosage is 150 mg per day. The dose may be increased to 300 mg per day within 1 week, based on efficacy and tolerability.
|Number of times per day to take LYRICA||Recommended total starting dosage||Recommended total ongoing dosage|
|Spinal cord injury nerve pain||2||150 mg/day||150 mg/day to 600 mg/day*|
Your doctor may make adjustments according to your needs. If you have problems with kidney function, your doctor may prescribe a lower dose of LYRICA.
*Patients who do not experience sufficient pain relief following 2 to 4 weeks of treatment with 300 mg per day, and who are able to tolerate LYRICA, may be treated with up to 600 mg per day.
What happens if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose by a few hours, take it as soon as you remember. If it is close to your next dose, do not take the missed dose. Just take LYRICA at your next regular time. Do not take 2 doses at the same time.
What if I take too much LYRICA?
If you take too much LYRICA, call your healthcare provider or poison control center, or go to the nearest emergency room right away.
Do I have to keep taking LYRICA if I feel better?
LYRICA isn’t like some other medicines you only take when you feel pain. LYRICA should be taken every day as prescribed to manage your spinal cord injury nerve pain effectively, even if you feel better. Your symptoms may return without continued treatment.
What if I have a serious allergic reaction to LYRICA?
LYRICA may cause serious allergic reactions in some people. Stop taking LYRICA and call your doctor right away if you have:
- Swelling of your face, mouth, lips, gums, tongue, throat or neck
- Trouble breathing
- Rash, hives (raised bumps) or blisters
Otherwise, do not stop taking LYRICA without first talking to your doctor.
Can I discontinue LYRICA treatment?
Do not stop taking LYRICA without talking to your doctor or healthcare provider. If you stop taking LYRICA suddenly you may have headaches, nausea, diarrhea, trouble sleeping, increased sweating, or you may feel anxious. If you have epilepsy and you stop taking LYRICA suddenly, you may have seizures more often. If you and your doctor do decide you need to stop taking LYRICA, he or she will help you stop gradually.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION & INDICATIONS
LYRICA is not for everyone. LYRICA may cause serious, even life threatening, allergic reactions. Stop taking LYRICA and call your doctor right away if you have any signs of a serious allergic reaction. Some signs are swelling of your face, mouth, lips, gums, tongue, throat or neck or if you have any trouble breathing, or have a rash, hives or blisters.
Drugs used to treat seizures increase the risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior. LYRICA may cause suicidal thoughts or actions in a very small number of people, about 1 in 500. Patients, family members or caregivers should call the doctor right away if they notice suicidal thoughts or actions, thoughts of self harm, or any unusual changes in mood or behavior. These changes may include new or worsening depression, anxiety, restlessness, trouble sleeping, panic attacks, anger, irritability, agitation, aggression, dangerous impulses or violence, or extreme increases in activity or talking. If you have suicidal thoughts or actions, do not stop LYRICA without first talking to your doctor.
LYRICA may cause swelling of your hands, legs and feet, which can be serious for people with heart problems. LYRICA may cause dizziness and sleepiness. You should not drive or work with machines until you know how LYRICA affects you. Also, tell your doctor right away about muscle pain or problems along with feeling sick and feverish, or any changes in your eyesight including blurry vision or if you have any kidney problems or get dialysis.
Some of the most common side effects of LYRICA are dizziness, blurry vision, weight gain, sleepiness, trouble concentrating, swelling of your hands and feet, dry mouth, and feeling “high.” If you have diabetes, tell your doctor about any skin sores.
You may have a higher chance for swelling and hives if you are also taking angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors so tell your doctor if you are taking these medications. You may have a higher chance of swelling of your hands or feet or gaining weight if you are also taking certain diabetes medicines. Do not drink alcohol while on LYRICA. You may have a higher chance for dizziness and sleepiness if you take LYRICA with alcohol, narcotic pain medicines, or medicines for anxiety.
Before you start LYRICA, tell your doctor if you are planning to father a child, or if you are pregnant, or plan to become pregnant. Breastfeeding is not recommended while taking LYRICA. If you have had a drug or alcohol problem, you may be more likely to misuse LYRICA.
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Do not stop taking LYRICA without talking to your doctor. If you stop suddenly you may have headaches, nausea, diarrhea, trouble sleeping, increased sweating, or you may feel anxious. If you have epilepsy, you may have seizures more often.
LYRICA is indicated to treat fibromyalgia, diabetic nerve pain, spinal cord injury nerve pain and pain after shingles. LYRICA is also indicated to treat partial onset seizures in adults with epilepsy who take 1 or more drugs for seizures.