PAIN AFTER SHINGLES IS DIFFERENT

Nearly 1 in 3 people over the age of 60 will get shingles in their lifetime. It may start with a painful, blistering rash on the trunk, arms, and face. The rash normally goes away, but you may still have long-lasting burning, stabbing, and shooting pain.

Pain after shingles can vary from person to person:

  • Some may experience minor pain or simply feel itchy
  • For others, the pain is intense and the gentlest touch can be excruciating
  • In severe cases, the pain can lead to insomnia, weight loss, depression, and disability

LYRICA IS APPROVED BY THE FDA TO TREAT PAIN AFTER SHINGLES

Learn about a once-daily treatment option.

IN CLINICAL STUDIES, IT WAS SHOWN THAT FOR SOME PATIENTS:

Significant Relief

LYRICA helped relieve moderate to even severe pain after shingles

In a 13-week clinical study, some patients taking LYRICA felt significantly less pain after shingles than those taking a placebo.

As early as one week

LYRICA started to work in as early as 1 week*

In clinical studies, some patients felt less pain after shingles in as early as 1 week.* For others, it took longer.

*Individual results may vary.

HOW DOES LYRICA WORK?

Neuron

LYRICA is believed to calm overactive nerves

It is unknown exactly how LYRICA works in the body. Animal studies suggest that LYRICA reduces “extra” electrical signals sent out by nerves damaged by shingles, a disease caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. The implication of these studies in humans is not known.

Types of pills

LYRICA can be taken with many other medications

LYRICA has a low potential for drug interaction, but does interact with some medicines.

Tell your doctor about all the medicines, vitamins, or herbal supplements you take, especially medicines that make you sleepy or if you take:

  • An ACE inhibitor, used to treat many conditions, such as high blood pressure
  • Avandia (rosiglitazone), Avandamet (contains rosiglitazone and metformin), or Actos (pioglitazone) for diabetes
  • Any opioid pain medicine (such as oxycodone), or medicines for anxiety (such as lorazepam) or insomnia (such as zolpidem).

WORK WITH YOUR DOCTOR TO TREAT PAIN AFTER SHINGLES

If you have burning, stabbing, and shooting pain after shingles, talk to your doctor. LYRICA could help you find relief.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

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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, 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.

Serious breathing problems can occur when LYRICA is taken with other medicines that can cause severe sleepiness or decreased awareness, or when it is taken by someone who already has breathing problems. Watch for increased sleepiness or decreased breathing when starting LYRICA or when the dose is increased. Get help right away if breathing problems occur.

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.

Tell your doctor immediately if you are taking opioid painkillers (such as oxycodone), or medicines for anxiety (such as lorazepam) or insomnia (such as zolpidem). You may have a higher chance for dizziness, sleepiness or serious breathing problems if these medicines are taken with LYRICA. Taking LYRICA with opioid pain medicines may lead to death.

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, 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.

In studies, a specific type of blood vessel tumor was seen in mice. The meaning of these findings in humans is not known.

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 available in doses ranging from 25 mg to 300 mg and as a 20 mg/mL oral solution.

INDICATIONS

LYRICA is indicated to treat fibromyalgia, diabetic nerve pain, spinal cord injury nerve pain, and pain after shingles in adult patients. LYRICA is also indicated to treat partial-onset seizures in patients 1 month of age and older with epilepsy who take 1 or more other drugs for seizures.

Please see full Prescribing Information and Medication Guide.