Lyrica Side Effects
Generic name: pregabalin
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Dec 3, 2020.
Note: This document contains side effect information about pregabalin. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Lyrica.
Common side effects of Lyrica include: infection, ataxia, blurred vision, constipation, diplopia, dizziness, drowsiness, fatigue, headache, peripheral edema, tremor, weight gain, visual field loss, accidental injury, and xerostomia. Other side effects include: abnormal gait, abnormality in thinking, amnesia, arthralgia, asthenia, cognitive dysfunction, confusion, edema, neuropathy, sinusitis, speech disturbance, vertigo, visual disturbance, myasthenia, amblyopia, increased appetite, and twitching. See below for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.
For the Consumer
Applies to pregabalin: oral capsules, oral extended-release tablets, oral oral solution
Side effects include:
Conventional preparation in pediatric patients: Somnolence, weight gain, increased appetite.
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to pregabalin: oral capsule, oral solution, oral tablet extended release
The most common adverse reactions to this drug are dizziness, somnolence, dry mouth, edema, blurred vision, weight gain, and "thinking abnormal" (primarily difficulty with concentration/attention); the more commonly reported events in pediatric patients include increased weight and increased appetite.[Ref]
Among pediatric patients receiving this drug for the treatment of partial onset seizures, somnolence was reported in 21% of drug treated patients and 14% of placebo patients, occurring more frequently at higher doses. Somnolence includes related terms of lethargy, sluggishness, and hypersomnia.
Patients treated for central neuropathic pain due to spinal cord injury have experienced an increased incidence of CNS adverse effects, especially somnolence. This may be due to an additive effect with concomitant medications.
Very common (10% or more): Dizziness (up to 37%), somnolence (up to 25%)
Common (1% to 10%): Neuropathy, ataxia, vertigo, incoordination, tremor, abnormal gait, headache, speech disorder, twitching
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Syncope, stupor, myoclonus, psychomotor hyperactivity, dyskinesia, dizziness postural, intention tremor, nystagmus, hyporeflexia, hyperesthesia, burning sensation, ageusia, malaise
Rare (less than 0.1%): Convulsions, parosmia, hypokinesia, dysgraphia, shock, circumoral paresthesia, dysarthria, hyperalgesia, hyperkinesia, hypokinesia, hypotonia, myoclonus, neuralgia cerebellar syndrome, cogwheel rigidity, coma, dysautonomia, dystonia, encephalopathy, extrapyramidal syndrome, Guillain-Barre syndrome, hypalgesia, intracranial hypertension, torticollis, trismus, peripheral neuritis
Postmarketing reports: Coma[Ref]
Very common (10% or more): Peripheral edema (up to 12%)
Common (1% to 10%): Chest pain
Rare (less than 0.1%): ST depressed, ventricular fibrillation
Frequency not reported: PR interval prolongation[Ref]
In controlled clinical trials in adult patients, peripheral edema was reported in 6% of patients receiving this drug compared with 2% in the placebo group; 0.5% and 0.2% of patients withdrew due to peripheral edema in the drug treated group and the placebo group, respectively.
Analyses of clinical trial ECG data has shown the mean PR interval increase was 3 to 6 msec at doses greater than or equal to 300 mg/day. Subgroup analyses did not identify an increased risk of PR prolongation in patients with baseline PR prolongation or those taking other PR prolonging medications, although the number of patients in the study was not sufficient to draw a definitive conclusion.[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Confusion, euphoria, amnesia, nervousness, irritability, disorientation, insomnia, libido decreased, disturbance in attention, anxiety, depersonalization, stupor, abnormal thinking
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Cognitive disorder, mental impairment, abnormal dreams, agitation, apathy, aphasia, hallucinations, hostility
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Hypersensitivity
Symptoms of angioedema have included swelling of the face, mouth (tongue, lips, and gums), and neck (throat and larynx). There have also been reports of life-threatening angioedema with respiratory compromise requiring emergency treatment. Therapy should be discontinued immediately in patients with these symptoms. Caution is recommended if this drug is used in patients who have had a previous episode of angioedema. Patients who are taking other drugs associated with angioedema (e.g., angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors [ACE inhibitors]) may be at increased risk of developing angioedema.[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Ecchymosis, pruritus
Rare (less than 0.1%): Stevens Johnson syndrome, cold sweat, angioedema, exfoliative dermatitis, lichenoid dermatitis, melanosis, nail disorder, petechial rash, purpuric rash, pustular rash, skin atrophy, skin necrosis, skin nodule, subcutaneous nodule[Ref]
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Gastroesophageal reflux disease, salivary hypersecretion, hypoesthesia oral, cholecystitis, cholelithiasis, colitis, dysphagia, esophagitis, gastritis, GI hemorrhage, melena, mouth ulceration, pancreatitis, rectal hemorrhage, tongue edema
Rare (less than 0.1%): Ascites, granuloma
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Sexual dysfunction, ejaculation delayed, dysmenorrhea, breast pain, anorgasmia, albuminuria, dysuria, hematuria, kidney calculus, leukorrhea, menorrhagia, metrorrhagia, oliguria, urinary retention, urine abnormality, abnormal ejaculation, albuminuria, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, kidney calculus, menorrhagia, metrorrhagia, oliguria
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Neutropenia, blood creatine phosphokinase increased, alanine aminotransferase increased, aspartate aminotransferase increased, platelet count decreased, blood creatinine increased, blood potassium decreased, deep thrombophlebitis
Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Myelofibrosis, polycythemia, prothrombin decreased, purpura[Ref]
Very common (10% or more): Infection (up to 14%)
Common (1% to 10%): Myasthenia, muscle cramp, arthralgia, back pain, pain in limb, cervical spasm, leg cramps
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Joint swelling, myalgia, muscle twitching, neck pain, muscle stiffness, neck rigidity, arthrosis
Rare (less than 0.1%): Rhabdomyolysis, chondrodystrophy, generalized spasm[Ref]
Very common (10% or more): Visual field changes (13%)
Common (1% to 10%): Blurry vision, abnormal vision, diplopia, conjunctivitis
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Peripheral vision loss, visual disturbance, eye swelling, visual field defect, visual acuity reduced, eye pain, asthenopia, photopsia, photosensitivity reaction, dry eye, lacrimation increased, eye irritation, retinal vascular disorder, abnormality of accommodation, blepharitis, dry eyes, eye hemorrhage, hyperacusis, photophobia, retinal edema
Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Vision loss, keratitis, oscillopsia, altered visual depth perception, mydriasis, strabismus, visual brightness, anisocoria, blindness, corneal ulcer, exophthalmos, extraocular palsy, iritis, keratitis, keratoconjunctivitis, miosis, mydriasis, night blindness, ophthalmoplegia, optic atrophy, papilledema, parosmia, ptosis, uveitis[Ref]
Uncommon (less than 0.1% to 1%): Generalized edema, pain, pyrexia, chills, thirst
Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Retroperitoneal fibrosis, retinal vascular disorder, taste loss, taste perversion
Frequency not reported: Withdrawal effects following rapid discontinuation[Ref]
Some patients have reported withdrawal effects following abrupt/rapid discontinuation. These symptoms included insomnia, nausea, headache, anxiety, hyperhidrosis, and diarrhea.[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Dyspnea, bronchitis, nasopharyngitis
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Epistaxis, cough, nasal congestion, rhinitis, snoring, nasal dryness
Postmarketing reports: Respiratory failure[Ref]
There are postmarketing reports of respiratory failure and coma in patients taking pregabalin and other CNS depressant agents.[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Weight gain, edema, hypoglycemia, increased appetite
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Weight decreased, blood glucose increased
Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Glucose tolerance decreased, urate crystalluria[Ref]
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Nephritis
Postmarketing reports: Gynecomastia, breast enlargement
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