Does Lyrica help for nerve pain associated with diabetes?

Stacy Wiegman, PharmD
Pharmacy Specialist

People with diabetes may develop a problem called neuropathy, or nerve damage. Neuropathy can be a real nightmare. Taking Lyrica can help ease the symptoms, which include pain, burning and tingling, especially in the hands, legs and feet. In one study, about one out of three people with diabetic neuropathy who took 600 milligrams of Lyrica daily had at least a 50 percent improvement in pain, numbness and other related symptoms.

Lyrica (pregabalin) is approved for nerve pain (also called neuropathy), associated with diabetes. While the mechanism of action is not known for certain, studies have shown that Lyrica helps to relieve this nerve pain. Common side effects that you may experience include sleepiness, weight gain and grogginess. If you have any other questions about how this drug works for you, please contact your physician for further information.

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