How does Lyrica differ from OTC pain pills or narcotics for fibromyalgia?

Lyrica (pregabalin) may be different from other medicines you've taken because it's believed to work directly on nerves, blocking their overactivity and minimizing  pain signals. In addition, Lyrica is an anticonvulsant medication, meaning it may lessen or prevent seizures in people who are prone to them.

Having both of these qualities makes Lyrica a unique medication and makes it appropriate and effective for the conditions it has been approved to treat by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These  include fibromyalgia, seizure disorders in adults, diabetic neuropathy and pain that lingers after a flare of shingles (postherpetic neuralgia).

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist for more information about Lyrica and whether it is right for you.

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