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What are the potential side effects of Lyrica?

Taking Lyrica may cause side effects including dizziness or drowsiness, blurred vision, weight gain, swelling of your hands and  feet, dry mouth and trouble concentrating. About one out of every 500  people who take Lyrica experience suicidal thoughts or actions. If you  have a history of depression or mood problems, or have ever thought  about suicide, it's important to talk to your doctor about these  conditions before taking Lyrica. Muscle aches, pain or weakness may also occur while taking Lyrica.

If you experience any of these  side effects while taking Lyrica, call your doctor immediately, but don't stop taking the medication without talking to your doctor first. Stopping Lyrica may need to be done gradually to avoid withdrawal symptoms like trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, upset stomach, headaches or seizures. In rare cases, people have experienced allergic reactions to Lyrica, causing swelling of the face, mouth and throat, hives, and/or trouble breathing. Such reactions should be  treated as medical emergencies. Stop taking Lyrica and call your  doctor or 911 immediately.

Side effects of Lyrica vary with each individual. However, some side effects are more common and do not need medical attention, unless they worsen or become bothersome. Milder side effects of Lyrica include: dizziness or headaches, constipation, gas or bloating, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, fatigue or muscle weakness, increased appetite or weight gain, confusion, forgetfulness, difficulty concentrating, muscle twitching or uncontrolled shaking of a body part, an elevated mood, back pain or loss of coordination, dry mouth and slight anxiety. Lyrica may also have more serious side effects that require immediate medical attention. These side effects may be a sign of an allergic reaction or another dangerous interaction. Call your doctor if you experience the following severe side effects: Swelling of the face, tongue, throat, hands or feet; difficulty breathing, wheezing, or shortness of breath; blisters or rash that may itch; chest pain; unexplained muscle soreness accompanied by a fever; frequent bleeding or bruising; rapid weight gain or an increase in depressive or suicidal thoughts or actions. This is indicated by a discouraging mood, a loss of interest or pleasure in activities or planning of ways to hurt yourself or end your life. Because Lyrica works differently for everyone, you may experience side effects that are not on this list. Tell your doctor about any reactions you have to Lyrica.

 

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