Pain After Shingles Symptoms | LYRICA® (pregabalin) CV Safety Info
Understanding Pain After Shingles
A complication of a very common condition
Pain after shingles, or postherpetic neuralgia (post-her-PET-ik-noo-RAL-juh), is a common complication of shingles. Shingles is a disease caused by the varicella zoster virus. The same virus causes chickenpox. If you have shingles, the virus has probably been in your body since you were a child but has remained dormant.
It may seem strange that a virus could lay dormant in your body for decades. But that’s just what this virus does. And it is pretty common. In fact, nearly 1 million Americans get shingles every year. And nearly 1 in 3 people over the age of 60 will get shingles in their lifetime.
Shingles can cause long-lasting pain
One in 3 people over the age of 60 will develop shingles in their lifetime. Shingles symptoms start with a blistering painful rash. This rash usually forms on the chest or back. The rash will go away in time. But once it is gone, you may still experience the burning, stabbing, shooting symptoms of nerve pain caused by shingles.
About 20% of people who get shingles will experience long-lasting pain afterwards. LYRICA (pregabalin) may not be appropriate for everyone with pain after shingles.
When the pain doesn’t go away
Some form of pain often accompanies the shingles rash. When that pain persists for more than 3 months after the rash is gone, it’s called pain after shingles. In certain severe cases, this pain can lead to insomnia, weight loss, depression, and disability.
Pain after shingles can vary from person to person
Here are some common symptoms:
- Burning pain
- Stabbing pain
- Pain that feels like an electric shock
- Shooting pain where the shingles rash used to be
- Pain from the light touch of clothing or bed sheets
Many ways to describe the pain
Some people experience mild pain with shingles or they simply feel itchy. For others, the pain is intense and the gentlest touch can be excruciating. But when does the pain of shingles become pain after shingles?
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.