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It does not contain all the available information. It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist. All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking Lyrica against the benefits it is expected to have for you. Lyrica is used to treat neuropathic pain, which is pain caused by an abnormality of, or damage to, the nerves. Lyrica is also used to control epilepsy. Epilepsy is a condition where you have repeated seizures fits.
There are many different types of seizures, ranging from mild to severe. Lyrica belongs to a group of medicines called anticonvulsants. These medicines are thought to work by controlling brain chemicals which send signals to nerves so that seizures do not happen.
Your doctor may prescribe Lyrica in addition to your current therapy when your current treatment is no longer working as well as before. Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why Lyrica has been prescribed for you. Your doctor may have prescribed it for another reason. There is not enough information to recommend the use of this medicine in children under the age of 18 years. Do not take this medicine after the expiry date printed on the pack or if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering.
If the capsules have expired or the pack is damaged, return to your pharmacist for disposal. Tell your doctor if you have a history of substance abuse. There have been reported cases of misuse and abuse with Lyrica. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
Lyrica is not recommended for use during pregnancy. However, if you have epilepsy, it is very important to control your fits while you are pregnant. If it is necessary for you to take Lyrica, your doctor can help you decide whether or not to take it during pregnancy. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed. The active ingredient in Lyrica passes into breast milk and its safety in infants is unknown.
It is recommended that you do not breast-feed while taking Lyrica. If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell them before you start taking Lyrica. Some medicines may be affected by Lyrica or may affect how well it works. You may need different amounts of your medicines, or you may need to take different medicines.
Your doctor will advise you. When taken with certain other medicines which reduce the activity of the brain, Lyrica may increase the side effects seen with these medicines, and could lead to respiratory failure, coma and death. The degree of dizziness, sleepiness and decreased concentration may be increased if Lyrica is taken together with medicines containing oxycodone a pain-killer , lorazepam used for treating anxiety , and alcohol.
Taking these medicines together with Lyrica may increase your chance of experiencing side effects. You may need different amounts of your medicine, or you may need to take different medicines.
Your doctor or pharmacist will advise you. Your doctor and pharmacist have more information on medicines to be careful with or avoid while taking Lyrica. Follow all directions given to you by your doctor carefully. They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet. If you do not understand the instructions on the box, ask your doctor or pharmacist for help. Your doctor will tell you how many capsules you need to take each day.
This may depend on your age, your condition and whether or not you are taking any other medicines. Take your medicine at about the same time each day.
Taking it at the same time each day will have the best effect. It will also help you remember when to take it. This medicine helps to control your condition, but does not cure it.
It is important to keep taking your medicine, even if you feel well. Do not stop taking Lyrica, or lower the dosage, without checking with your doctor. Do not let yourself run out of medicine over the weekend or on holidays. Stopping Lyrica suddenly may worsen your condition or cause unwanted effects such as sleeplessness, headache, nausea feeling sick , anxiety, excessive sweating or diarrhoea runny stools.
If appropriate, your doctor will slowly reduce your dose before you can stop taking it completely. If it is almost time for your next dose within 4 hours , skip the dose you missed and take your next dose when you are meant to.
Otherwise, take it as soon as you remember, and then go back to taking your medicine as you would normally. Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose that you missed. This may increase the chance of you getting an unwanted side effect. If you have trouble remembering to take your medicine, ask your pharmacist for some hints.
Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. You may need urgent medical attention. Symptoms of an overdose with Lyrica may include mood changes, feeling tired, confusion, depression, agitation, restlessness or seizures. If you are about to be started on any new medicine, remind your doctor, dentist or pharmacist that you are taking Lyrica. Tell any other doctors, dentists and pharmacists who treat you that you are taking this medicine.
If you are going to have surgery, tell the surgeon or anaesthetist that you are taking this medicine. It may affect other medicines used during surgery. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience any changes in your vision. Lyrica may cause blurring or other changes in eyesight. Your doctor may ask you to stop taking Lyrica to improve these symptoms. Tell your doctor immediately if you have any thoughts of suicide or self-harm, any unusual changes in mood or behaviour, or show signs of depression.
Some people taking medicines to treat convulsions, such as Lyrica, have had thoughts of harming themselves or taking their life. If you or someone you know is demonstrating these warning signs of suicide while taking Lyrica, contact your doctor or a mental health professional right away. Tell your doctor if you feel Lyrica is not helping your condition. Your doctor may need to change your medicine.
Tell your doctor if, for any reason, you have not taken Lyrica exactly as prescribed. Otherwise, your doctor may change your treatment unnecessarily. Keep all of your doctor's appointments so that your progress can be checked. Your doctor may do some tests from time to time to make sure the medicine is working and to prevent unwanted side effects.
Do not give your medicine to anyone else, even if their symptoms seem similar to yours or they have the same condition as you. Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how Lyrica affects you. As with other anticonvulsant medicines, Lyrica may cause dizziness and drowsiness in some people. If you have any of these symptoms, do not drive, operate machinery or do anything else that could be dangerous.
Be careful when drinking alcohol while you are taking this medicine. If you drink alcohol, symptoms such as dizziness and drowsiness may be worse. Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking Lyrica. Lyrica helps most people with neuropathic pain or epilepsy, but it may have unwanted side effects in a few people.
All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical attention if you get some of the side effects. It can be difficult to tell whether side effects are the result of taking Lyrica, effects of your condition or side effects of other medicines you may be taking. For this reason it is important to tell your doctor of any change in your condition. If you get any side effects, do not stop taking Lyrica without first talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
The above list includes the more common side effects of your medicine. They are usually mild and short-lived. The above list includes serious side effects that may require medical attention. Serious side effects are rare.
Tell your doctor immediately or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital, if you notice any of the following:. The above list includes very serious side effects. You may need urgent medical attention or hospitalisation. These side effects are very rare. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice anything else that is making you feel unwell.
Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some people. Some of these side effects for example, changes in blood pressure can only be found when your doctor does tests from time to time to check your progress.
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It does not contain all the available information. It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist. All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking Lyrica against the benefits it is expected to have for you.