Lyrica, also known by its generic name pregabalin, is a medication prescribed to patients who are suffering from nerve damage due to diabetes or shingles infection. Pregabalin is shown to relieve the pain caused by these issues.
Using Lyrica has the potential to cause certain side effects, just like starting any new medication. Some less serious side effects of using pregabalin are drowsiness, dizziness, headache, dry mouth, nausea, constipation and weight gain. If these less serious Lyrica side effects get any worse or last a long time, let your doctor or pharmacist know.
Although many people do not experience serious side effects after using pregabalin, it is still recommended you know the potential serious Lyrica side effects so you can identify them promptly. Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you experience serious Lyrica side effects such as vision changes, unusual bleeding or bruising, muscle pain, muscle tenderness, muscle weakness, fever, unusual tiredness or swelling of the hands, ankles or feet.
In very rare cases, patients who take anticonvulsants like pregabalin may experience depression, suicidal thoughts or other mental problems. Call your doctor immediately if you notice these signs in you or someone you love, as well as any sudden mood changes.
There is potential for patients to become dependent on or addicted to Lyrica, even if they are taking pregabalin exactly as their doctor tells them to. Seek help as soon as possible if you notice any Lyrica addiction signs in yourself or someone you love. Some signs that may indicate a pregabalin addiction are becoming obsessed with finding and taking Lyrica as well as losing interest in the hobbies and activities you once enjoyed. Spotting Lyrica addiction early is an integral part of getting you or someone you love into recovery so they can live a happier, substance-free life.
If you are considering ending your Lyrica treatment, set up a meeting with your doctor to discuss your options. You should never adjust your pregabalin doses or treatment schedule without consulting your doctor first. Do not stop taking Lyrica cold turkey, as this can produce enhanced and unwanted pregabalin withdrawal symptoms. Usually, if you tell your doctor you no longer wish to take Lyrica, they will gradually lower your pregabalin dose over time so your body can adjust to less and less of the medication. This will help you avoid severe withdrawal symptoms from Lyrica.
The Recovery Village offers a variety of programs and resources for potential recovery patients or people who want to help someone they know who is struggling with Lyrica addiction. The first step in each of The Recovery Village’s treatment programs is to safely get the pregabalin out of the patient’s system. Once the patient has safely detoxed from Lyrica, they can choose either inpatient or outpatient pregabalin rehab where they will be able to participate in individual and group therapy as well as recreational therapy activities.
Inpatient Lyrica rehab lets patients live on campus at one of The Recovery Village’s designated inpatient facilities. This type of program can be extremely beneficial for those suffering from severe pregabalin addiction or those who may be too distracted by the outside world to adequately recover from their substance use disorder. In this program, patients can learn how to cope with their own unique physical and psychological Lyrica addiction challenges from trained medical professionals.
After a patient finishes the inpatient program, they will be placed into outpatient Lyrica rehab. In this program, patients live at home while they attend scheduled treatment appointments at The Recovery Village. If a patient is experiencing less severe to mild Lyrica addiction, they may choose to skip the inpatient rehab option entirely and begin recovery in the outpatient pregabalin rehab program.
Choosing a Lyrica rehab center is an important step in your recovery journey. Talk to your doctor about what needs you may have in a pregabalin rehab center to make an informed decision.
Lyrica Addiction & Abuse
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