Who can prescribe lyrica?

The answer is yes, a GP, or even a Nurse Practitioner, can prescribe 56 units of Lyrica (Pregabalin) in all of the strengths that are on the market (25, 75, 150 & 300mg).

Who should not take Lyrica? Lyrica should not be taken by people who are allergic to any of its ingredients or who have had a previous allergic reaction to it in the past.

Is Lyrica dangerous to take? Although side effects with Lyrica are not usually dangerous and are easily treated, some problems are serious and require medical attention. Contact your healthcare provider right away if you experience difficulty breathing, unusual bruising or bleeding, or any vision changes.

What is the difference between gabapentin and Lyrica? A major difference between Lyrica and gabapentin is that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has classified Lyrica as a controlled substance (listed in Schedule V), whereas medicines containing gabapentin are not currently scheduled as controlled substances.

Do you need a prescription for Lyrica? Lyrica is a controlled, schedule V drug, similar to promethazine and codeine (the active ingredient in the infamous Purple Drank cough syrup). As such, Lyrica requires a triplicate prescription from your doctor before it can be filled at the pharmacy.



Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you’ve had:

  • Heart problems (such as heart failure)
  • Kidney disease
  • History of an allergic reaction which included itching/swelling of the face/lips/tongue/throat (angioedema)
  • Personal or family history of a substance use disorder (such as overuse of or addiction to drugs/alcohol)

Products that may interact with this drug include:

  • Orlistat


  • May cause drowsiness and dizziness. Alcohol and marijuana may intensify this effect. Use care when operating a vehicle, vessel (e.g., boat), or machinery.
  • May cause blurred vision
  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages when using this medication.
  • If you are pregnant or considering becoming pregnant you should discuss the use of this medication with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Call your doctor immediately if you have mental/mood changes like confusion, new/worsening feelings of sadness/fear, thoughts of suicide, or unusual behavior.
  • Consult your doctor or pharmacist before breastfeeding.

  • For tablet, extended release 24 hr products : Swallow whole. Do not chew or crush.
  • For tablet, extended release 24 hr products : Take this medication after a meal. Read label carefully for how many times to take each day.
  • For tablet, extended release 24 hr products : Take in the evening as directed

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For informational purposes only. Consult a medical professional for advice.

Reviewed by a panel of doctors. Source: First Databank

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What happens if you take too much Lyrica? In normal doses, Lyrica causes dizziness and drowsiness. When taken in excess, the medication causes profound drowsiness as well as excessive sleepiness.

What is the best way to take Lyrica? Lyrica should be taken exactly as prescribed. You should take it orally with a full glass of water, at roughly the same time each day. Lyrica is typically taken two to three times a day. It can be taken with or without food.

Does Lyrica start working the first time you take it? Lyrica generally takes at least a week to start working and can take considerably longer, though some people see a difference earlier than others. According to the Lyrica website, dosages typically start out at 150 mg/day (in 2-3 divided doses) and patients can work up to 300 mg/day over a week or two.