FDA approves Lyrica for Fibromyalgia

Written by on December 10, 2007 in in the news, neurogenic rosacea with 0 Comments

Whilst this was announced back in June this year, I thought it was worthwhile highlighting it here in case it is of interest to rosacea sufferers who also suffer from chronic pain.

From the FDA Consumer Update: Living with Fibromyalgia, First Drug Approved

People with fibromyalgia have typically turned to pain medicines, antidepressants, muscle relaxants, and sleep medicines. On June 21, 2007, Lyrica (pregabalin) became the first FDA-approved drug for specifically treating fibromyalgia. Marketed by Pfizer Inc., Lyrica reduces pain and improves function in patients with fibromyalgia. While patients with fibromyalgia have been shown to experience pain differently from other people, the mechanism by which Lyrica produces its effects is unknown. The drug was already approved to treat seizures, as well as pain from damaged nerves that can happen in people with diabetes and in those who develop pain following the rash of shingles.

Some user reviews:

Aimee, Aug 26, 2006 2:23 PM, says:

Elena,

I am taking Lyrica for the neuralgia . I have read on some posts in here that it helps with the burning of rosacea, but it sure has not worked that way for me. It also doesn’t really help with the fibro.

I am having Low Intensity Laser treatments for fibro. It seems to be helping a little.

Talk to you later?
Aimee

and again Oct 25, 2006 8:29 AM

I tried gabapentin for neuralgia which is a little different from what you have, but the symptom of burning is in common.

I changed to Lyrica and I got a world of relief with this medication.

Try it. Yes, some think that it is the same as gaba but it is not. Only way to know is to try.

Aimee

lakan, Wed Sep 20, 2006 5:34 pm, says

I’ve been taking Lyrica for almost 4 weeks now and everything is fine for me. I’ve had some increased flushing the last week though but that has to be because of the IPL treatment i did last week…. Other than that, Lyrica seems to work fine on me, i still feel the pain every now and then but its more distant. I still hope that Lyrica will work even better after having eating it for a longer period.

keisha06, Thu Sep 21, 2006 11:15 am, says

I use Lyrica – .75 mg twice a day and if there was no increase in flushing – decrease actually due to less burning. I’ve been on it since January. The first week I was extra sensitive but I wasn’t sure about what was causing – I was worried about it being the Lyrica (although I didn’t know it could cause flushing as a possible side effect) – but after about 1.5 weeks I started noticing improvement.

mwilson21, Wed Oct 04, 2006 3:53 am, says

So, after consulting with my doc, I decided to stop taking Lyrica. The flushing not only persisted, but was getting worse. He said that Neurontin doesn’t have the side effects and might be worth a try but I may hold off for a little bit. I’ll post my experience if I decide to go that route.

Feel free to leave us a comment below with your thoughts on Lyrica.

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