What is Lyrica?
Lyrica was originally FDA approved as an anti-epileptic drug, also called an anticonvulsant. It works by slowing down impulses in the brain that cause seizures. Pregabalin also affects chemicals in the brain that send pain signals across the nervous system.
What is Lyrica used for?
Lyrica is used to treat pain caused by fibromyalgia, or nerve pain in people with diabetes, herpes zoster , or spinal cord injury.
How is Lyrica believed to work?
Lyrica works on damaged nerves, or calm overactive nerves, depending on the condition. It is unknown exactly how the medicine works in the body. However, some of the studies have suggested that LYRICA reduces “extra” electrical signals sent out by damaged nerves in the body. The implication of these studies in humans is not known.
How long does Lyrica take to work?
It may take time for LYRICA to work. In clinical studies in fibromyalgia, diabetic nerve pain, spinal cord injury nerve pain, and pain after shingles, some patients experienced a decrease in pain in as early as 1 week. For others it took longer.
What if too much Lyrica is consumed?
If you take too much Lyrica, call your doctor or poison control center, or go to the nearest emergency room right away.
Is Lyrica a narcotic?
No. Lyrica is not a narcotic. But if you have had a drug or alcohol problem, you may be more likely to misuse Lyrica.