Lyrica Medication for Chronic Pain
What is Lyrica
Lyrica is an anti-epileptic medication. While commonly used to treat seizures, doctors have also found success in using the drug to treat fibromyalgia, neuropathic pain caused by spinal injury, and nerve pain due to diabetes or herpes.
The drug comes in liquid form and can be taken with or without food. Lyrica must be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor in both dosage and length. If a dosage isn’t providing relief, notify your doctor immediately. It is okay to take a missed dose as soon as you remember, but skip it if it is almost time for your next dose.
Risks and Side Effects
Before taking Lyrica, tell your doctor if you have had any of the following conditions: congestive heart failure, congestive heart failure, diabetes, kidney disease, any type of blood disorder, a history of mental illness, drug addiction, or previous allergic reaction. Since taking Lyrica can cause depressive thoughts, it is especially important to let your doctor know of any depressive episodes in your past.
Common side effects include dizziness and drowsiness, memory or concentration issues, swelling of the breasts, tremors, dry mouth, and constipation. Most of these symptoms will be minor and should not stop you from taking the drug. However, if you experience muscle pain, weakness, or tenderness combined with a fever, or easy bruising or swelling and rapid weight gain notify your doctor immediately.
Things to Consider
Notify your doctor if you are pregnant. It is not yet known whether Lyrica may harm an unborn baby, so your doctor may consider other treatment options. If you become pregnant, make sure you tell your doctor before starting or stopping your medication. Men using this medication should not father a child, as evidence has shown that it leads to birth defects in the newborn child.