Recently, doctors have been using Lyrica to treat nerve pain. But, while it is effective, it can be expensive since it is only available as a brand name drug.
What is Lyrica?
Lyrica is an anticonvulsant or anti-seizure drug. It slows the impulses across the brain that are involved in seizures. Additionally, researchers have found that it can affect the chemicals involved in the transfer of pain signals in the brain. Therefore, doctors have recently begun using it to treat pain conditions.
Lyrica can be used to treat:
• Neuropathic pain
– Diabetic peripheral neuropathy
– Post-herpetic neuralgia (pain after shingles)
• Spinal cord injury
• Partial onset seizures
What Should I Know About Lyrica?
This drug is relatively safe; however, there are a few common side effects associated with this medicine.
The side effects for Lyrica include:
• Dry mouth
• Blurred vision/double vision
• Weight gain
• Abnormal gait
• Difficulty concentrating
Also, some patients have developed serious kidney injury. Therefore, if you have any muscle pain or weakness, it is important to report it to your doctor right away. Additionally, researchers have found that anti-seizure medications can increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior. Therefore, patients should be monitored for suicidal thoughts or unusual changes in behaviors when they first start taking this medicine.
Lyrica does not have a set dose. Therefore, your doctor will increase your dose based on your response. Patients should avoid drinking alcohol with this medicine. The combination of Lyrica and alcohol may cause an over sedating effect, which may result in falls.
Lyrica is a Scheduled Drug
Lyrica is a prescription medicine. Also, Lyrica is listed as a controlled substance by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The US government regulates the manufacturing, possession, and use of certain drugs and chemicals. The Drug Enforcement Administration, a US government agency, maintains five different schedules of these controlled substances. The higher the schedule number, the lower the risk for potential abuse. Lyrica is listed as a schedule 5 medicine. Therefore, it has a lower potential for abuse than most other scheduled drugs.
Lyrica Patient Assistance
Unfortunately, Lyrica is only available as a brand-name drug. Therefore, it can be difficult for patients to obtain this medication due to its cost. The good news is that there is currently a patient assistance program available for Lyrica. This program offers Lyrica at little or no cost to patients who qualify.
If you would like information about the Lyrica patient assistance program, or have question about the cost of your prescriptions, please give us a call.