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Do I have to keep taking Lyrica if I feel better?

Do not stop taking Lyrica, even if your symptoms improve. Call your doctor if you're thinking about going off of Lyrica. Stopping suddenly may bring on withdrawal symptoms, including sleep disturbance, nausea and headaches. If your doctor feels that going off of Lyrica is right for you, he or she will likely taper down your dose in order to wean you off of the medication gradually and reduce the risk of problems.
You should continue to take Lyrica even after you begin to feel better. Lyrica can help you manage pain and improve your functioning if you have fibromyalgia or nerve pain caused by diabetes or the viral infection shingles, but it won't cure these conditions. Similarly, if you have epilepsy, Lyrica in combination with other medications may help keep seizures under control but won't cure your epilepsy. Also, stopping Lyrica suddenly may worsen some symptoms. Always talk with your doctor before ending Lyrica treatment. You will need to wean off of the medication gradually.

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