The seizure drug Lyrica (pregabalin), may offer extended pain relief for people with fibromyalgia. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Lyrica, the first drug to treat fibromyalgia. Lyrica is also FDA-approved for diabetic nerve pain and nerve pain following shingles. Neuropathic pain, is often characterized by burning, stabbing, shooting, tingling and/or shock-like sensations. One in five people with diabetes experience painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN).
Fibromyalgia patients typically experience long-lasting or chronic pain, as well as muscle stiffness and tenderness. An estimated 3.7 million Americans are diagnosed with the disorder.
Individuals with fibromyalgia have been shown to experience pain differently from other people. Studies have shown that such patients have decreased pain after taking Lyrica, but, the mechanism by which Lyrica produces such an effect is unknown.
Side effects of the drug “Lyrica” include dizziness, sinusitis, joint pain, anxiety, and sleepiness. LYRICA has been approved in more than 50 countries.
The ideal scenario for chronic disease like fibromyalgia is to find something you can remain on without cumulative side effects.
“It is an exciting opportunity because there is now an FDA approved treatment for fibromyalgia syndrome,” said Dr. Bobby Meador, Baylor rheumatologist. “