Lyrica (made by Pfizer) was named one of Time’s top 10 2007 medical breakthroughs. Lyrica is the newly FDA approved, only prescription drug on the market to treat Fibromyalgia. Lyrica, which was already FDA approved to treat epilepsy, neuropathy, and discomfort from shingles, has been a long awaited miracle for many Fibromyalgia patients. Fibromyalgia pain is hard to treat and often does not respond to the traditional painkillers doctors normally prescribe. Lyrica works by slowing down impulses in the brain that cause seizures. Lyrica also affects chemicals in the brain that send pain signals across the nervous system.
Although this drug has been a much answered prayer for some, others I have talked to are experiencing some of the negative side effects that come with most medications. Some of the side effects I have commonly heard about Lyrica include worsening of fatigue, which is something Fibromyalgia patients do not need anymore of!
Side effects from using Lyrica include:
– Muscle pain, weakness and/or tenderness
– Easy bruising or bleeding
– Swelling of hands and feet
– Rapid weight gain
– Dizziness, drowsiness, anxiety
– Blurred vision
– Balance problems
– Memory and concentration problems
– Dry mouth
– Skin rash and itching
– Stomach pain
– Appetite increase
– Joint & muscle pain