Lyrica Side Effects

Lyrica (pregabalin) is a highly effective drug used to control convulsion, seizures, and pain caused by damage to the nerves. Lyrica slows down the brain impulses that cause seizures, making it an effective treatment for epilepsy and other brain disorders or injuries that can cause seizures.

Patients diagnosed with diabetic neuropathy or herpes zoster (shingles) may be treated with Lyrica, too, as it is effective in reducing the pain caused by these diseases which damage nerves.

Because it is prescribed to treat seizures, any patient taking Lyrica is urged to carry an ID card or wear a medical alert bracelet that clearly states the bearer (or wearer) is taking a seizure control medication. Ready access to this important information could mean the difference between life and death to an emergency medical services provider, doctor, or dentist.

While there are any number of minor Lyrica side effects that will most likely go away once the patient has adjusted to the correct dosage, alcohol and certain other medications can trigger dangerous reactions. Avoid medicines for the common cold or flu, antidepressants and antianxiety drugs, muscle relaxers, and pain medications while taking Lyrica.

Any signs of an allergic reaction should be reported immediately.

Some of the more severe Lyrica side effects include rapid weight gain or swelling; weakness, pain, or tenderness in the muscles, especially if fever and fatigue are also present; and free bleeding or easy bruising.

Less serious but likely nonetheless, other Lyrica side effects to beware of are blurred vision, loss of balance or impaired coordination, memory and concentration problems, increased appetite, dry mouth, and an itchy skin rash. Anxiety may develop, with or without dizziness or excess drowsiness. Joint and muscle pains may develop, too.

Before taking Lyrica, be sure to let your prescribing physician know of any other medications you are taking, including over-the-counter medications and alternative health remedies.

Med-Help is for informational purposes and should not be considered medical advice, diagnosis or treatment recommendations.

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