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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.
Lyrica is the brand name for the prescription medication pregabalin, which is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating pain in people with fibromyalgia, diabetic neuropathy, or residual pain associated with the viral infection shingles. Lyrica is an anticonvulsant drug, which also makes it helpful in controlling partial onset seizures in adults with epilepsy when combined with other medications. Lyrica is an oral medication, which means you take it by mouth.

As with many medications, how Lyrica works to treat pain and control seizures is not known exactly. It is believed to help control pain and seizures by quieting overactive nerves and minimizing the signals they transmit, but more study is needed to know for sure. For more information about Lyrica, ask your doctor and/or pharmacist.

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