LYRICA is a daily medication that should be taken as prescribed by your doctor. Everyone is different, and LYRICA may take some time to work for you.
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.
It's important to work closely with your doctor and to keep track of how you are feeling and doing. You may feel side effects before you start feeling better. If you are not feeling the pain relief you expect, there may be things your doctor can do to help.
Your doctor can adjust your dose to help you get the most from treatment.
Work with your doctor to figure out the best dosage for you. The dose may be increased to 300 mg per day within 1 week, based on efficacy and tolerability. 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. The maximum recommended dose is 600 mg per day. Your doctor may continue to make adjustments according to your needs. If you have problems with kidney function, your doctor may prescribe a lower dose of LYRICA.
Some patients started feeling relief from pain after shingles in as early as the first week of treatment. For others it took longer. Individual results may vary.
It’s possible you may begin to feel side effects within the first week. The 2 most common side effects of LYRICA are dizziness and sleepiness. Across all clinical studies, dizziness occurred in 30% of LYRICA patients, compared with 8% of patients taking a placebo and, on average, lasted about 1 to 7 weeks. For some people, this went away over time. For others, these side effects lasted throughout the course of the studies. If you do experience side effects, your doctor can adjust your dose or provide recommendations to help.
After the first week of treatment, your doctor may increase your dose based on the efficacy of LYRICA and how well you may tolerate it. This is a normal step when taking LYRICA. Of course, your doctor will make adjustments based on how you’re feeling in regard to both pain relief and side effects. It’s not recommended that you take more than 600 mg of LYRICA per day for pain after shingles.
After the first few weeks of taking LYRICA, follow up with your doctor and start discussing your complete treatment plan, and get any refills you may need.
This is the right time for you to discuss with your doctor how you are doing and any side effects you may feel. 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 treatment.
Sleepiness occurred in 23% of LYRICA patients, compared with 8% of patients taking a placebo and, on average, lasted over 3 to 8 weeks. For some people, this went away over time. For others, this side effect lasted throughout the course of the studies.
After 1 to 2 months of taking LYRICA, be sure to continue to keep your doctor informed. This will enable you both to decide the best course of action to help you get the most from your treatment.