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Facts You Should Know Before Taking Lyrica

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Author: Heather Colman

Lyrica is a prescription medication that is used to relieve nerve pain that occurs with shingles or diabetes. It is a proven method of pain management due to nerve pain and is shown to be an effective therapy for those with postherpetic neuralgia or PHN.

There are several things you should consider prior to asking your doctor to prescribe Lyrica for your nerve pain. First, you should discuss certain aspects of your personal life with your doctor that includes for women, whether you are pregnant, wish to become pregnant or are breast-feeding a child.

If you are a male and are planning to father a child, you should discuss this with your doctor as well. Prior to taking Lyrica you should also tell your physician if you are taking any type of prescription, non- prescription or herbal remedy drugs, especially if you are taking Actos or Avandia.

Your physician will likely ask you if you have ever had any allergic reactions such as swelling in the face, wheezing, itching or hives after take prescription medications, heart problems, bleeding problems, low blood platelet count or if you have any history of kidney disease.

If you are allergic to pregabalin or any ingredient included in Lyrica, you should refrain from taking this prescription drug. Pregabalin is the main ingredient in Lyrica and a possible reaction to it should definitely be discussed with your physician.

Lyrica comes in a variety of strengths from 25 milligram to 300-milligram capsules. When your doctor prescribes this to help manage your nerve pain, it is likely you will need to take the capsules two to three times daily.

Lyrica can be taken with or without food and the prescription drug therapy should be continued until your doctor tells you otherwise, even if the pain has ceased.

Lyrica has some side effects, as is common in most medications, and these side effects could include drowsiness, dizziness, dry mouth, blurred vision, swelling of the feet or hands, increase in weight gain and problems with concentration. It is important that you refrain from operating a vehicle or any other heavy machinery when beginning Lyrica or similar medications. Other side effects could include a feeling of being "high" as well.

It is important that you refrain from using alcohol while taking Lyrica as this could cause some side effects to develop or worsen. You should also avoid taking any other medicines, prescription or otherwise, that will cause dizziness or drowsiness.

Lyrica was tested on animals prior to its approval. In studies of mice, Lyrica had produced tumors and skin sores on the animals. Those with diabetes need to be especially aware of skin sores as a result of Lyrica.

Disclaimer: The information presented here should not be interpreted as or substituted for medical advice. Please talk to a qualified professional before taking Lyrica or any other drug.

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