Patient Education On Lyrica

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This article is to educate patients on commonly prescribed drugs as they specifically relate to soft tissue complaints which lead to chronic pain or brain dysfunction. Lyrica, a drug initially prescribed for controlling seizures has been prescribed for fibromyalgia, diabetic neuropathy, shingles, and spinal cord injury.

Lyrica works by slowing down impulses in the brain that cause seizures. It also affects neurotransmitters (chemicals) in the brain that send pain signals across the nervous system. This drug also came out with an extended-release (CR) formula, but was not approved for the management of fibromyalgia and its effectiveness as adjunct therapy for partial onset seizures; yes, there is no clinical validity on this product’s effectiveness in the extended-release formula.

Lyrica is thought to help to “quiet” this pain by calming the overactive nerves, and reducing the excess electrical signals sent by the nerves.  

The most common side effects of this drug are the following: drowsiness, dizziness, lack of coordination, poor balance, weight gain, dry mouth, blurred vision, and swelling of hands and feet, confusion.  The drug acts very similar to a “high-like” euphoria experienced with marijuana consumption. More severe side effects are the following: worsened depression, anxiety, restlessness, trouble sleeping, panic attacks, anger, irritability, agitation, aggression, dangerous impulses or violence, extreme increases in activity or talking.  Not to mention, Lyrica can lead to thoughts or actions of suicide in about 1 in 500 people.

Serious, possibly life-threatening allergic reactions like angioedema or allergic reactions can occur with Lyrica or Lyrica CR. If you notice swelling of your face, mouth, lips, gums, tongue, throat or neck or if you have any trouble breathing or have a rash, hives or blisters, you may be having an allergic reaction that requires immediate care.

Oftentimes patients do not know there are alternatives to medications such as these, and this is their last alternative to try to “feel well” despite the chronic pain and depression that accompanies long-standing pain.  Where to start….we know the brain and gut are connected. We see this in military members with PTSD not recovering due to a compromised gut. Looking for the root cause of the problem(s), rather than slapping a disease condition against a patient with a band-aid medication, will result to a healthier, longer life outcome.  We suggest that you look for a practitioner who will run an Organic Acids Test (click here to know why we recommend using this test to determine your starting point insert this link /organic-acids-test/ as well as filling out the Brain Forms. Bottom line there is always an alternative healthier approach to improve chronic pain.

As with most drugs, Lyrica has side effects. Lyrica has been associated with:

While most serious side effects with Lyrica occur in only a very small number of people, it is important you are aware of them.

Patients or caregivers should stop Lyrica or Lyrica CR and call the doctor or 911 right away if you notice any serious allergic reactions.

Serious Side Effects: Suicidal Thoughts or Actions

Another uncommon but important side effect is suicidal thoughts or actions in patients taking any seizure medication – including Lyrica and Lyrica CR.

Changes in mood or behavior may include:

Patients, family members or caregivers should call the doctor right away if they notice behavioral changes, suicidal thoughts or actions, or thoughts or evidence of self harm.

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