Lyrica 150mg (pregabalin) works as an anticonvulsant by slowing down the impulses that causes partial onset seizures. It helps with pain caused by shingles, fibromyalgia, spinal cord injury, and diabetic neuropathy by acting on the chemicals that cause the brain to send pain signals to the nervous system. Lyrica is effective as an adjunctive therapy for partial onset seizures in adults.
Dosage and Administration
Lyrica 150mg is usually taken as 150 mg a day. The dosing increases according to the intensity of the disease as well as the disease it is being taken for. It is taken orally with or without food. A gradual tapering of the drug is advised while discontinuing it.
The most common side effects associated with Lyrica 150mg are:
- Peripheral edema
- Increased seizure if it is stopped abruptly.
- Dry mouth
- Weight gain
- Altered thinking.
- Blurred vision
- Suicidal thoughts
Less common side effects you may experience include:
- Shortness of breath
- Blistering of skin
- Sores and ulcers
- Increased tiredness.
Lyrica 150mg is not to be taken by anyone who is allergic to any of the components of this medication. Also it should be taken with extreme precaution by people who develop suicidal tendencies while on this medication. Reduced doses are recommended under doctorÍs supervision for patients with impaired renal function. It is also not advisable for pregnant women or those who are breastfeeding. Men should use condoms while on this medication to prevent any chance of impregnating their partners as there is a chance of the baby being born with birth defects.
Before taking Lyrica 150mg, you should advise your doctor if you have:
- Bleeding disordera
- Kidney disease or if you are on dialysis
- Congestive heart failure
- Low platelet levels
- History of drug addiction
Drug Interactions with Lyrica 150mg
Anti-histamines, anti-psychotics, narcotic pain relievers, general anesthetic, clonidine, buspirone, ropinirole, muscle relaxants, zolpidem, tramadol, and barbiturates are some of the many drugs that may interact with pregabalin.æ Therefore, it is important to inform your doctor if you are on any other medication, so that the doctor can advise you correctly.