(RxWiki News) Lyrica is now available as a generic.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved multiple applications for the first generic versions of Lyrica (pregabalin).
This medication is commonly used to treat a variety of conditions, which include the following:
- Neuropathic pain tied to peripheral neuropathy caused by diabetes
- Postherpetic neuralgia
- As an add-on treatment for partial-onset seizures
- Neuropathic pain tied to spinal cord injury
This approval offers patients a more affordable option and therefore advances patient access, according to the FDA.
Regardless of the reason for the use of this medication, a patient medication guide must be given with pregabalin. This guide includes important information about the drug's uses and risks.
Common side effects of pregabalin may include dry mouth; swelling of the hands, legs and feet; weight gain; and difficulty concentrating. This medication can cause dizziness, feeling very tired and blurred vision. Those who use pregabalin should not drive or operate heavy machinery while taking it.
Serious side effects may include severe allergic reactions, such as hives and difficulty breathing. These reactions, such as swelling of the throat that can affect breathing, can be life-threatening.
Other serious side effects include muscle problems like pain, soreness or weakness. As with other medications used to treat seizures, pregabalin has a warning for potential suicidal thoughts or actions.
The companies the FDA approved to manufacturer the generic versions of Lyrica include the following:
- Alembic Pharmaceuticals
- Alkem Laboratories
- Amneal Pharmaceuticals
- Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories
- InvaGen Pharmaceuticals
- MSN Laboratories Ltd.
- Rising Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
- Sciegen Pharmaceuticals Inc.
- Teva Pharmaceuticals
If you are currently taking the brand name version, the pharmacy will typically dispense the generic version (now that it is available) unless your health care provider has indicated on your prescription that you must take the brand name.
Ask your local pharmacist any questions you have about your pregabalin prescription.
Written by Anyssa Garza, PharmD, BCMAS