Signs, Symptoms And Side Effects Of Lyrica (Pregabalin) Abuse

Misusing Lyrica can cause mood changes, fatigue, confusion, depression, agitation and restlessness but is rarely fatal. The prescription can be an addictive substance, so be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions while taking Lyrica.

What Is Lyrica (Pregabalin)?

Lyrica is the brand name for the generic prescription pregabalin. It’s an anticonvulsant used to treat those suffering from nerve pain due to diabetes or shingles. Doctors can also prescribe this medication to treat fibromyalgia, prevent seizures, generalized anxiety disorder and alcohol addiction.

Pregabalin is taken orally, and the dosage depends on what condition is being treated, as well as how your body is responding to it. Most prescription medications come with a chance of side effects. The possible side effect while taking Lyrica are:

  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Weight gain

Some more serious side effects can occur with pregabalin, such as vision changes, unusual bleeding/bruising, muscle pain/tenderness/weakness, fever and swelling of your hands, ankles or feet.

As with other anticonvulsants, there is a small chance of mental changes, causing thoughts of suicide or signs of depression. If you experience any side effects, either physical or mental, talk to your doctor. She will help you decide if Lyrica is the right medication to treat you. Do not stop taking pregabalin abruptly without the help of a medical professional because you may experience withdrawal symptoms.

Lyrica (Pregabalin) Addiction

There is a possibility that patients prescribed pregabalin may develop a physical dependency to it, which may lead to misuse of the prescription. If pregabalin has stopped working for you or if you feel like you cannot take Lyrica as prescribed, talk to your doctor. As mentioned, you should not stop taking Lyrica abruptly, as this may lead to side effects. Your doctor can guide you off Lyrica by weaning you off the medication.

There is a chance your body and mind might go through withdrawal when stopping pregabalin, and you may experience some withdrawal side effects. One side effect to be on the lookout for is, if you’re taking pregabalin for seizures, they may return with a greater frequency. Little is known about the other side effects you may experience from withdrawal because Lyrica is relatively new in the marketplace.

Lyrica (Pregabalin) Long-Term Effects

It’s unclear about long-term effects since pregabalin is a new anticonvulsant prescription. At the very least, there is a possibility of the side effects listed above.

Other anticonvulsants available, such as Neurontin, have reported long-term side effects of flu-like symptoms, feeling disoriented, rapid eye movement, feeling tremors or convulsions, and bruising easily.

As you take Lyrica over time, it’s important to report any side effects you may experience to your doctor.

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