Side effects

Television commercials for the drug Lyrica have substantial warnings about contraindications and side effects, which caused me to look at the warnings on the drugs.com site. The side effect warnings are particularly alarming, presumably because they attempt to cover anything that could conceivably come up.

On the medication, from Wikipedia:

Pregabalin … is an anticonvulsant drug used for neuropathic pain and as an adjunct therapy for partial seizures with or without secondary generalization in adults.

It has also been found effective for generalized anxiety disorder and is (as of 2007) approved for this use in the European Union and Russia. It is effective at treating some causes of chronic pain such as fibromyalgia but not others.

… Pregabalin is marketed by Pfizer under the trade name Lyrica. Pfizer described in an SEC filing that the drug could be used to treat epilepsy, postherpetic neuralgia, diabetic peripheral neuropathy and fibromyalgia. Lyrica was promoted for other uses which had not been approved by medical regulators up until 2009. For this practice, with 3 other drugs, Pfizer was fined a record amount of US$2.3 billion by the Department of Justice.

Now the side effects from drugs.com:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects.

Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome: Blurred vision; changes in sexual function; constipation; dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth; headache; increased appetite; light-headedness; tiredness; trouble concentrating; weakness; weight gain.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur: Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, throat, or tongue; unusual hoarseness); burning, numbness, or tingling; chest pain; confusion; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or persistent sore throat; inability to control urination; loss of coordination; memory loss; muscle aches, pain, tenderness, or weakness (especially if this occurs with a fever or general feeling or discomfort); new or unusual skin sores; new or worsening mental or mood changes (eg, anxiety, depression, restlessness, irritability, panic attacks, feeling “high,” behavior changes, suicidal thoughts or attempts); new or worsening seizures; reddened, blistered, swollen, or peeling skin; shortness of breath or wheezing; speaking problems; sudden, unexplained weight gain; swelling of the hands, feet, or ankles; tremor; trouble sleeping; trouble walking; unusual bruising or bleeding; severe or persistent tiredness or weakness; vision changes.

All of a sudden I don’t really feel well.

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