Lyrica (pregabalin)

Medically Reviewed By Elizabeth Scheffel, PharmD

About Lyrica

Lyrica is a brand-name prescription medication. It’s approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat the following conditions in adults:

Lyrica is also approved in combination with other seizure medications to treat partial onset seizures in children ages 1 month and older.

For details about these conditions and how the drug treats them, see the “Lyrica: Uses” section below.

Key points

The following table provides key facts about Lyrica.

Active drug pregabalin
Drug class antiepileptic
Forms • oral capsules
• oral solution
Controlled substance schedule Schedule V*

* This means the drug has approved medical uses, but it also carries a risk of misuse. (With misuse, a drug is taken in a way other than how it’s prescribed.) Drugs with a lower schedule number have a greater risk of misuse than drugs with a higher schedule number. For example, Schedule II drugs have a greater risk of misuse than Schedule III drugs.

Finding a healthcare professional

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Lyrica vs. Lyrica CR

Both Lyrica and Lyrica CR contain pregabalin as their active drug. However, Lyrica and Lyrica CR work differently after you take a dose.

“CR” in Lyrica CR stands for “controlled release.” This means that after you take a dose, the drug releases into your body slowly over time. Lyrica CR typically is taken once daily.

After you take a dose of Lyrica, the drug releases into your body immediately. Although the drug gets into your body quicker, it also leaves it quicker. Lyrica usually is taken two or three times daily.

Because both drugs release the active drug differently, they cannot be substituted for each other.

This article focuses on Lyrica. If you’re interested in learning more about Lyrica CR, talk with your pharmacist or doctor.

Lyrica: Generic

Lyrica is a brand-name medication. It contains the active drug pregabalin, which also comes in a generic form. A generic is an identical copy of the active drug found in a brand-name medication.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ensures that generic drugs are as safe and effective as their original drug. Generics tend to be less expensive than brand-name drugs.

If you’d like to know about the generic version of Lyrica, ask your doctor or pharmacist. They can tell you whether the generic medication comes in forms and strengths recommended for your condition.

Lyrica: Side effects

As with most drugs, it’s possible to have side effects with Lyrica. These can include some mild side effects but also some serious ones.

To learn more about Lyrica’s side effects, talk with your doctor or pharmacist. They may also provide information about managing certain side effects of this drug.

Note: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tracks side effects of drugs it has approved. If you would like to notify the FDA about a side effect you’ve had with Lyrica, you can do so through MedWatch.

Mild and serious side effects

Mild and serious side effects of Lyrica are listed below. This article does not include all of Lyrica’s possible side effects.

Mild side effects

Mild side effects* of Lyrica may include:

  • dizziness
  • sleepiness
  • dry mouth
  • fluid retention (fluid buildup)
  • blurry vision
  • weight gain
  • problems with attention, concentration, or thinking
  • tremors
  • shortness of breath
  • sexual side effects, including changes in libido and inability to orgasm
  • mild allergic reaction

Most times, mild side effects of a drug go away within a few days or a couple of weeks. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist if any side effects become severe or don’t go away.

* This is not a complete list of Lyrica’s mild side effects. To learn about other mild side effects of this drug, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Or you can view the drug’s prescribing information.
† To learn more about allergic reaction, see below.

Serious side effects

Serious side effects of Lyrica may include:

Serious side effects from Lyrica aren’t common, but they are possible. If you have serious side effects, call your doctor right away. However, if you’re having a medical emergency or your symptoms feel life threatening, call 911 or a local emergency number.

* To learn more about allergic reaction, see below.

Suicide prevention

If you know someone at immediate risk of self-harm, suicide, or hurting another person:

  • Ask the tough question: “Are you considering suicide?”
  • Listen to the person without judgment.
  • Call 911 or the local emergency number, or text TALK to 741741 to communicate with a trained crisis counselor.
  • Stay with the person until professional help arrives.
  • Try to remove any weapons, medications, or other potentially harmful objects.

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, a prevention hotline can help. The Suicide and Crisis Lifeline is available 24 hours per day when you call 988. During a crisis, people who are hard of hearing can use their preferred relay service or dial 711 then 800-273-8255.

Click here for more links and local resources.

Lyrica’s side effects in children

In clinical studies, the most common side effects reported in children ages 1 month and older were:

  • weight gain
  • increased appetite
  • sleepiness

Other side effects reported in these clinical studies include:

If you have questions about Lyrica and its uses or side effects in children, talk with your child’s doctor.

Allergic reaction

As with most drugs, some people can have an allergic reaction after taking Lyrica. A more severe allergic reaction is rare but possible.

Both mild and severe allergic reactions have been reported with Lyrica, although neither are common.

Possible symptoms of mild and serious allergic reactions are listed in the table below.

Mild allergic reaction symptoms Serious allergic reaction symptoms
flushing swelling under your skin, possibly in your hands, feet, lips, or eyelids
rash swelling in your throat or mouth
itching trouble breathing

If you have an allergic reaction to Lyrica, call your doctor right away. This is important because the reaction could become severe.

However, if you’re having a medical emergency or your symptoms feel life threatening, call 911 or a local emergency number.

Lyrica: Dosage

Below, you’ll find dosages that are commonly recommended for Lyrica. However, you should take the dosage your doctor prescribes for you. They’ll recommend the dosage that’s best for your needs.

Most often, doctors start by prescribing a low dosage of Lyrica. Then, they’ll change the dosage over time to an amount that’s right for the condition being treated. Doctors typically prescribe the smallest dosage that gives the desired outcome.

The dosage of Lyrica that your doctor prescribes will depend on factors such as:

  • the form of Lyrica you take
  • your age
  • any health conditions you have
  • the condition you’re taking Lyrica to treat and the severity of the condition

Lyrica’s forms and strengths

Lyrica is available as follows.

  • Forms: oral capsules and oral solution
  • Strengths:
    • oral capsules: 25 milligrams (mg), 50 mg, 75 mg, 100 mg, 150 mg, 200 mg, 225 mg, and 300 mg
    • oral solution: 20 mg per milliliter (mL)

Lyrica’s recommended dosages

Recommended dosages for Lyrica in adults and children are described below.

Adult dosage

The recommended dosage for Lyrica in adults is as follows.

Condition Starting dosage Maximum dosage
diabetic neuropathy (diabetic nerve pain) 50 mg three times daily 100 mg three times daily
nerve pain after having shingles 75 mg twice daily or 50 mg three times daily 300 mg twice daily or 200 mg three times daily
nerve pain associated with spinal cord injury 75 mg twice daily 300 mg twice daily
fibromyalgia 75 mg twice daily 225 mg twice daily
partial onset seizures, in combination with other seizure medications 75 mg twice daily or 50 mg three times daily 300 mg twice daily or 200 mg three times daily

Child dosage

In children, Lyrica is approved in combination with other seizure medications to treat partial onset seizures. This use is in children ages 1 month and older.

The recommended dosage in children is based on body weight, as shown below.

Body weight in kilograms (kg) Approximate body weight in pounds (lb) Starting dosage Maximum dosage
less than 30 kg* less than 66 lb 3.5 mg per kg (mg/kg) daily, divided into two or three doses 14 mg/kg daily, divided into two or three doses
30 kg or more 66 lb or more 2.5 mg/kg daily, divided into two or three doses 10 mg/kg daily, up to a maximum of 600 mg, divided into two or three doses

* One kg equals about 2.2 lb.

For example, assume a child weighs 50 lb (about 23 kg). The starting dosage would be about 80 mg, divided into two or three doses. If it were taken in two doses, the child would take 40 mg twice daily.

In the same child, the maximum dosage would be about 320 mg, divided into two or three doses. If it were taken in two doses, the child would take 160 mg twice daily.

Dosage considerations

Below are some things to consider about Lyrica’s dosage.

Missing a dose. If you miss a dose of Lyrica, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it’s nearly time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the usual time. Do not take more than one dose of Lyrica at a time.

Try these medication reminder options to help avoid missing doses. You could also set an alarm, use a timer, or download a reminder app on your phone.

Length of treatment. Doctors typically prescribe Lyrica as a long-term treatment. You’ll likely take it long term if you and your doctor feel it’s safe and effective for your condition.

Lyrica: Alternatives

Doctors may prescribe drugs other than Lyrica for your condition. Certain drugs may work better for you than others.

Lyrica is prescribed to treat several conditions, including specific types of nerve pain, fibromyalgia, and certain seizures. (See the “Lyrica: Uses” section below for more information on these conditions.) Here are summaries of other drugs that doctors sometimes prescribe for fibromyalgia and seizures.

To learn more about one alternative to Lyrica, view our “Lyrica vs. gabapentin” article. Your doctor can tell you about other similar drugs, such as duloxetine (Cymbalta).

For additional information about alternatives to Lyrica, ask your doctor. They can tell you about other medications that could be prescribed for your condition.

Lyrica: Uses

Prescription drugs, such as Lyrica, are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat certain conditions.

Using Lyrica for nerve pain

Lyrica is prescribed to treat the following types of nerve pain in adults:

With each of the conditions listed above, certain nerves in your body become damaged and cause pain. With diabetic nerve pain, the damage occurs due to having a high blood sugar level from diabetes. After a shingles infection or an injury associated with the spinal cord, some nerves may become damaged.

Symptoms of nerve pain can include:

  • pins and needles sensations on your skin
  • numbness
  • cramping
  • sharp pain

Using Lyrica for fibromyalgia

Lyrica is prescribed to treat fibromyalgia in adults.

Fibromyalgia is a chronic (ongoing or long-term) condition that may cause symptoms such as:

  • fatigue
  • musculoskeletal pain (pain or tenderness in your bones and muscles)
  • cognitive issues, such as memory problems or difficulty concentrating
  • difficulty sleeping

Researchers don’t know what causes fibromyalgia or why it affects certain people. Its symptoms often mimic those of other conditions. For these and other reasons, it is often misdiagnosed and difficult to treat.

No diagnostic or lab tests can confirm that someone has fibromyalgia. However, diagnostic and lab tests help to rule out other conditions that may be causing the symptoms.

Using Lyrica for certain seizures

Lyrica is prescribed in combination with other seizure medications to treat partial onset seizures. Lyrica is approved to treat this condition in adults and in children ages 1 month and older.

Symptoms of partial onset seizures can include:

  • repetitive movements in your limbs or body
  • movement of the eyes from side to side
  • smacking of the lips or the action of chewing
  • jerking movements of your limbs or body

Using Lyrica with other drugs

For treating partial onset seizures, Lyrica is meant to be taken in combination with other seizure medications. Your doctor will tell you about your overall treatment plan and medications for managing your seizures.

Using Lyrica in children

Lyrica is prescribed in combination with other seizure medications to treat partial onset seizures in children ages 1 month and older. See the “Using Lyrica for certain seizures” section above for information on this condition.

Finding a healthcare professional for Lyrica

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Lyrica: Withdrawal and dependence

Taking Lyrica may cause drug dependence. That means it’s possible to experience withdrawal symptoms if you suddenly stop taking it.

With dependence, your body needs a drug in order to function as it usually would. Withdrawal refers to having uncomfortable symptoms because your body isn’t used to functioning without the drug.

Some people take Lyrica to help manage seizures. If they stop Lyrica abruptly, they could experience seizures more frequently.

Because of these risks, it’s important that you do not suddenly stop taking Lyrica. This is sometimes called quitting “cold turkey.”

You and your doctor may agree that you’ll stop taking Lyrica. If so, your doctor will lower your dose slowly over at least 1 week. This helps prevent withdrawal symptoms by allowing your body to become used to not having Lyrica.

Lyrica withdrawal symptoms

Withdrawal symptoms reported in Lyrica’s clinical studies include:

  • difficulty sleeping
  • nausea
  • headache
  • anxious feeling
  • excessive sweating
  • diarrhea

Lyrica: Questions you may have

Here are some common questions about Lyrica and brief answers to them. If you’d like to know more about these topics, ask your doctor.

Do doctors prescribe Lyrica for anxiety?

Lyrica isn’t approved for treating anxiety. However, doctors may sometimes prescribe it to treat this condition. This is known as off-label use. With off-label use, a drug is prescribed to treat a condition that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hasn’t approved it to treat.

Some clinical studies have been conducted with pregabalin, the active drug in Lyrica. They found the drug to be effective for short-term treatment of anxiety in adults with generalized anxiety disorder. This health condition causes a person to worry excessively about everyday life events without reason. These same clinical studies also found it to be effective in helping prevent relapses of anxiety in adults. (Relapse is when a condition recurs, or comes back.)

If you have questions about off-label uses of Lyrica, such as for anxiety, talk with your doctor.

For more information on conditions that Lyrica is approved to treat, see the “Lyrica: Uses” section above.

Does Lyrica cause certain side effects in older people?

Lyrica doesn’t cause specific side effects only in older adults (ages 65 years and older).

However, in clinical studies, older adults reported certain side effects more frequently compared with younger adults. These side effects include:

  • dizziness
  • problems with balance or coordination
  • muscle tremors
  • confusion
  • blurry vision

If you have questions about Lyrica in older adults, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.

Will Lyrica make me feel ‘high’?

It’s possible for Lyrica to make you feel “high.” Some people who took Lyrica in a clinical study experienced this. They reported feelings of being “high” or feeling euphoric.

Misusing Lyrica for the purpose of getting “high” can raise the risk of overdose. Misuse means a drug is taken in a way other than how it’s prescribed. If you’re concerned about Lyrica misuse, be sure to talk with your doctor.

Due to this risk, Lyrica has approved medical uses but is considered a controlled substance. This means special rules and regulations help control how it is prescribed by doctors and managed by pharmacies.

For more information on conditions that Lyrica is approved to treat, see the “Lyrica: Uses” section above.

Is Lyrica an opioid?

No, Lyrica isn’t an opioid. Lyrica is a type of antiepileptic drug, which is a medication prescribed for treating seizures. These drugs often have other uses as well, such as treating nerve pain.

Opioids are certain medications prescribed to treat pain. One example of an opioid is oxycodone (OxyContin).

Both opioids and Lyrica have approved medical uses but are considered controlled substances. This means special rules and regulations help control how they are prescribed by doctors and managed by pharmacies.

Lyrica: How it works

Lyrica is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat:

See the “Lyrica: Uses” section above for information on these conditions and specific uses in adults and children.

It isn’t fully understood how Lyrica works to treat these conditions. Researchers believe Lyrica affects certain signals sent between your brain and the rest of your body. This is thought to help treat symptoms of these conditions.

How long does it take for Lyrica to work?

Lyrica begins working as soon as you take a dose. However, it may take several weeks before you notice symptoms of your condition lessen.

How long does Lyrica stay in your system?

Lyrica stays in your system for about 30 hours after you take a dose. However, some people take Lyrica for an extended period. In this case, it may take longer for the drug to completely leave the body.

Lyrica: Consuming alcohol during treatment

You should not drink alcohol during Lyrica treatment.

Drinking alcohol and taking Lyrica can cause some of the same side effects. These include problems with coordination or thinking, sleepiness, and dizziness. Combining Lyrica and alcohol could raise your risk of these side effects. It may also raise the risk that they’ll be serious if they do occur.

Before you begin taking Lyrica, talk with your doctor if you consume alcohol. If needed, they can suggest ways to help you stop drinking before you start taking Lyrica.

Lyrica: Interactions

Lyrica may interact with other medications, certain supplements, and certain foods.

Different interactions can cause different effects. Some interactions can interfere with a drug’s effectiveness. Others can increase a drug’s side effects or cause them to be severe.

Before you start Lyrica, be sure to tell your doctor about any medications, herbs, vitamins, or supplements you take. They can check for any possible interactions between these products and Lyrica.

If any of the interactions listed below might pertain to you, talk with your doctor. They can tell you what you need to do to avoid the interaction.

  • Lyrica and certain other medications. Because Lyrica may interact with the following drugs, your doctor may recommend you do not take it with these drugs. Examples include:
    • opioids, such as fentanyl (Actiq, Fentora, others) or tramadol (Ultram)
    • benzodiazepines, such as alprazolam (Xanax)
  • Lyrica and herbs and supplements. Lyrica isn’t known to interact with any herbs or supplements.
  • Lyrica and foods. Lyrica isn’t known to interact with any foods.

For information about drug-condition interactions, see the “Lyrica: Precautions” section below.

Lyrica: Cost

As with other medications, prices for Lyrica may vary. The drug’s price will depend on factors such as:

Cost considerations for Lyrica

Here are some things to consider when looking into the cost of Lyrica.

Option for a 90-day supply. For some drugs, it’s possible to get a 90-day supply. If this option is approved by your insurance company, it can help lower the cost of the drug. It can also help you avoid frequent trips to your pharmacy. If you’d like to learn more about this option, ask your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance company.

Need for prior authorization. Before insurance coverage for Lyrica is approved, your insurance company may require prior authorization. In this case, your doctor and insurance company will communicate about your prescription for Lyrica. Then, the insurance company will decide whether the drug will be covered. To find out whether you need prior authorization for Lyrica, contact your insurance company.

Possible cost assistance options. Financial assistance to help lower the cost of Lyrica is available. The Co-Pay Savings Card for Lyrica may help reduce its cost. To learn more and find out whether you’re eligible for support, visit the manufacturer’s website. Also, check out this article to learn about ways to save on prescription drugs.

Use of a mail-order pharmacy. Lyrica may be dispensed through mail-order pharmacies. Getting your prescription through a mail-order pharmacy could lower its cost. It can also allow you to get the drug without leaving home. To find out more about this option, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance company.

Availability of a generic form. Lyrica comes in a generic form called pregabalin. A generic drug is an exact copy of the active drug in a brand-name medication. Generics are typically less expensive than brand-name drugs.

If your doctor prescribes Lyrica but you want to know about taking pregabalin, talk with them about which option might be better for you. Also, check your insurance plan because it might cover just one form or the other.

Lyrica: How to take

Your doctor will recommend how you should take Lyrica. It’s important to take the drug exactly as your doctor instructs.

Lyrica comes as capsules and an oral solution. Both forms are taken by mouth.

Questions about taking Lyrica

Here’s a list of common questions related to taking Lyrica.

  • When should I take Lyrica? You’ll take Lyrica two or three times daily, according to your doctor’s instructions. View these medication reminder options to help avoid missing doses of Lyrica. You could also set an alarm, use a timer, or download a reminder app on your phone.
  • Do I need to take Lyrica with food? You may take Lyrica doses with or without food.
  • Can Lyrica be chewed, split, or crushed? No, you should not chew, split, or crush Lyrica capsules. Lyrica also comes as an oral solution. This may be an option for you if you have difficulty swallowing Lyrica pills.
  • Is there a best time of day to take Lyrica? You should take Lyrica according to your doctor’s instructions. The drug typically is taken two or three times daily. You may find ways that help you remember to take it on time. For example, it may be helpful to take Lyrica near mealtimes.

Lyrica: Taking while pregnant

It’s not known whether it’s safe to take Lyrica while pregnant. The drug has not been tested in enough clinical studies in pregnant people to know for certain.

In animal studies, offspring born to pregnant animals who were given Lyrica had congenital anomalies (previously called birth defects). The anomalies included malformed bones (bones formed incorrectly) and decreased birth weight. However, animal studies don’t always predict how a drug will affect people.

If you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant, talk with your doctor. Together, you’ll discuss the risks and benefits of Lyrica or other treatments for your condition during pregnancy.

If you both agree that you’ll take Lyrica while pregnant, consider joining the Lyrica pregnancy registry. Pregnancy registries collect information on the safety of taking medications such as Lyrica in pregnant people. To learn more or sign up, call 888-233-2334 or visit the registry website.

Lyrica and birth control needs

Doctors aren’t sure whether it’s safe to take Lyrica during pregnancy. Talk with your doctor about your birth control needs with Lyrica if you’re sexually active and you or your partner can become pregnant. Your doctor can recommend whether you should use birth control with this medication.

Lyrica and fertility

A clinical study showed that Lyrica can reduce sperm concentrations in males.* (Sperm concentration is the number of sperm in a specific amount of a sample. Sperm count is the total number of sperm in a sample.) If this is a concern for you, talk with your doctor before you begin taking Lyrica.

* Sex and gender exist on spectrums. In this article, use of the term “male” refers to sex assigned at birth.

Lyrica: Taking while breastfeeding

Breastfeeding while taking Lyrica is not recommended. The drug is known to pass into breast milk.

Animal studies tested young animals exposed to Lyrica in this way. The clinical studies showed that these animals might have an increased risk of tumor development. However, animal studies don’t always predict how a drug will affect people.

Talk with your doctor about feeding options other than breastfeeding for your child if you’re taking Lyrica.

Lyrica: Precautions

Tell your doctor about your health history before starting treatment with Lyrica. Your doctor may not recommend this medication if you have certain factors affecting your health or specific medical conditions. These situations are known as drug-condition interactions.

These factors and conditions include those listed below.

Mood or mental health condition, such as depression or suicidal thoughts. Lyrica can cause side effects such as depression and suicidal thoughts or behaviors. If you have an existing mood or mental health condition, taking Lyrica could worsen it.

Your doctor still may prescribe Lyrica to you. If so, they will closely monitor your mental health and related thoughts and behaviors during treatment.

Breathing problems. Treatment with Lyrica can cause side effects such as shortness of breath, but this is rare.

If taken with certain medications, Lyrica can raise your risk of respiratory depression (dangerously slowed breathing). Examples of these medications include alprazolam (Xanax), zolpidem (Ambien), and oxycodone (OxyContin).

For people with a breathing problem, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), treatment with Lyrica could worsen it. You may also be at higher risk of certain side effects, such as shortness of breath.

Your doctor can tell you more about whether Lyrica is safe for you to take.

Kidney problems. Your body relies on your kidneys to get rid of Lyrica after you take a dose. People who have kidney problems, such as chronic kidney disease, may not clear Lyrica as thoroughly. As a result, the level of the drug in the body could rise, which increases the risk of side effects.

If you have a kidney problem, your doctor likely will prescribe a lower dose of Lyrica. It’s possible they may decide that another treatment option would be safer for your condition.

Heart problems. Treatment with Lyrica can cause fluid retention in the body. This fluid buildup can worsen certain heart problems, including heart failure.

Talk with your doctor about whether Lyrica is safe for you if you have heart problems or heart conditions.

Substance use disorder. In some people, taking Lyrica can lead to euphoria or feeling “high.” Lyrica could be misused, which means taken in a way other than how it’s prescribed.

Some people have a history of misusing drugs or alcohol. Others might have substance use disorder. That means your body depends on or needs a particular drug to function as it usually would. In either case, Lyrica may not be safe to take.

Talk with your doctor about whether it’s safe for you to take Lyrica before you begin treatment.

Allergic reaction. Your doctor will likely not prescribe Lyrica if you’ve had an allergic reaction to it or any of its ingredients. To find out about other treatment options, talk with your doctor.

Pregnancy. If you’d like additional information about taking Lyrica while pregnant, see the “Lyrica: Taking while pregnant” section above.

Breastfeeding. If you’d like additional information about taking Lyrica while breastfeeding, see the “Lyrica: Taking while breastfeeding” section above.

To learn more about effects of Lyrica that could be harmful, see the “Lyrica: Side effects” section above.

Lyrica: Overdose

Serious effects can occur if you take more than the recommended dosage of Lyrica. Do not take more Lyrica than your doctor recommends.  

Symptoms of overdose

Symptoms that an overdose could cause include:

  • feeling agitated or confused
  • feeling depressed or anxious
  • restlessness
  • seizures
  • abnormal heart rhythm, such as beating more slowly than usual

What to do in case of overdose

Call your doctor if you think you’ve taken too much of this drug. Also, you can call the American Association of Poison Control Centers at 800-222-1222 or use its online tool. However, if your symptoms are severe, call 911 or a local emergency number. Or go to the nearest emergency room right away.

Lyrica: Expiration, storage, and disposal

Here’s some information about Lyrica’s expiration date, as well as how to store and dispose of the drug.

Expiration. Your pharmacist will add an expiration date to the label on Lyrica’s bottle. This date is usually 1 year from the date the medication was dispensed to you. Expiration dates help ensure that a medication is effective during a period of time.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advises that you avoid taking expired drugs. If you have an unused medication and it’s past the drug’s expiration date, talk with your pharmacist. They can let you know whether you might still be able to use the medication.

Storage. Many factors determine how long a medication remains good to use. These factors include how and where you store the drug. Lyrica capsules and solution should be stored at room temperature of 68°F to 77°F (20°C to 25°C). Avoid storing the capsules and solution in areas where they could get damp or wet, such as bathrooms. The medication should be kept in the original container.

Disposal. It’s important to safely dispose of Lyrica if you no longer need to take it and have unused medication. Doing so helps prevent others, including children and pets, from accidentally taking the drug. It also helps avoid causing harm to the environment.

Ask your pharmacist for information about disposing of Lyrica. Also, check out this page for several tips on safe medication disposal.

Lyrica: Questions for your doctor

If you have questions about Lyrica, talk with your doctor. They can help advise you on whether Lyrica could be a good treatment option for you.

Here’s a list of questions you may want to ask your doctor:

  • Could taking Lyrica worsen any of my medical conditions?
  • How does Lyrica compare with other possible treatment options for my condition?
  • If I take Lyrica for a long time, does my risk of side effects change over time?

Your doctor may also tell you about other treatment options for your condition. You may find these articles helpful in learning about alternative drugs for fibromyalgia and seizures.

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Medical Reviewer: Elizabeth Scheffel, PharmD
Last Review Date: 2022 Aug 25
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