Lyrica (Pregabalin)

Lyrica (Pregabalin) is a medicine used to treat neuropathic (nerve) pain and fibromyalgia. It is also used outside rheumatology to treat epilepsy and generalized anxiety disorder.

Lyrica is a derived from the neurotransmitter gamma_-aminobutyric acid_ (GABA). Gamma-aminobutyric acid plays an important role in the body's central nervous system where it can reduce the excitability of neurons, the type of cell that the brain and nerves are made out of.

Taking Lyrica

Lyrica is available in oral capsules of different strengths that are taken twice or three times a day.

A usual starting dose is 75 mg (as one capsule) twice a day.

If you miss a dose, you can simply re-start the medication. It is only important to wean down Lyrica slowly if you want to completely stop the medication.

Important Tests and Risks

Science

Safety

Video

Watch Dr. Andy Thompson, a Canadian rheumatologist, introduce Lyrica in this short video:

Resource(s)

Lyrica Quick Reference Guide