What safety information should I know about Lyrica?

Here is important safety information about Lyrica (pregabalin), a prescription drug used to relieve pain in people who have fibromyalgia and neuropathy and to reduce seizures in people prone to them. Your doctor may start you out on a small dose of Lyrica for the first week or so. If you tolerate it well and don't experience serious side effects, he may raise your dose to make it more effective for you.

Side effects of Lyrica include:
  • allergic reactions in some people, causing symptoms including hives, wheezing, shortness of breath or head or throat swelling. Call your doctor at the first sign of these symptoms.
  • mood changes, depression and even thoughts of suicide in some people. If you experience these symptoms, call your doctor, but don't stop taking the medication until you do. Stopping Lyrica suddenly may cause potentially serious withdrawal effects.
  • dizziness or drowsiness. Your doctor or pharmacist may advise you not to drive until you know whether Lyrica causes these side effects in you.
  • birth defects. Don't take Lyrica when you're pregnant or trying to get pregnant.
Lyrica can interact with other prescription and nonprescription medications and supplements. Make a list of the supplements and medicines you take, and show it to your pharmacist and doctor to lower your risk of interactions. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any other questions about Lyrica.

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