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What is Lyricapregabalin and when is it used?

Lyrica or pregabalin, is an anti-epileptic medicine that isused in the treatment of neuropathic pain (usually in cases of diabetics), fibromyalgia,and herpes zoster, but it is often used as a part of the treatment of seizures. Thanksto its main ingredient, pregabalin, this medicine works by affecting braincells and changing the chemicals that are in charge of sending the signals of painacross the nervous system. It also slows down the impulses in the brain thatcause seizures.

Side effects oflyrica pregabalin

This medicine can cause very serious side effects, which iswhy it has to be prescribed by the doctor, who will first check the patient’s medicalhistory and make sure that he or she does not suffer from diabetes, kidneydisease or congestive heart failure, for example, since, in such cases, itmight not be safe to use this medicine. However, in some cases, the simpleadjustment of the dose will solve the problem. It is also important to see if thepatient is already on some medications because of the possiblecontraindications. Interaction is possible even if the patient takes only mineralsor vitamins. It is of extreme importance to avoid the use of alcohol. While usingthis drug, it is strongly advised to use some method of contraception, becauseif a woman conceives, and either she or her partner are using Lyrica, the baby mayhave serious defects.

To start with less serious side effects, some of the most frequentlyreported include constipation, pain in the stomach, muscles and joints,itching, dry mouth, and problems with vision. Problems with concentration, balance,and coordination are also possible.

However, it is recommended to contact thedoctor who prescribed the medicine in case any of these signs does notdisappear within a reasonable period of time. If symptoms such as swelling offeet and hands, easy bruising and bleeding, and general weakness along with pain inthe muscles are experienced, the doctor should be contacted as soon aspossible, particularly if any of these symptoms is followed by fever.

What is mostterrifying about Lyrica is that it may affect reactions and thinking, so someof the side effects may be related to the changes in behavior and mood. Thus,it is not impossible that the persons may feel anxious, agitated, hyperactive,depressed, or that they may even begin to have suicidal thoughts.

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