Lyrica (Pregabalin) for Fibromyalgia

The New York Times wrote an article about the drug Lyrica, generic name Pregabalin, manufactured by Pfizer, regularly prescribed to prevent seizures, anxiety and now its newest use, Fibromyalgia.

Lyrica is the first drug to be FDA approved to treat Fibromyalgia.

For some time now Fibromyalgia has been very controversal.  The original doctor who defined Fibromyalgia takes back what he had claimed ealier and says the condition does not exist.  He is now concerned that millions of people will needlessly take drugs like Lyrica.

I believe that in most cases doctors just do not know what is causing the symptoms of Fibromyalgia and feel that they have to diagnose it as something.  In my own personal case, I have severe food allergies and when I stay on a very restricted diet (high protein, low carbs, no gluten, etc.) I do not have Fibromyalgia symptoms.  Then again, when I stay on a very high protein diet and also do not drink enough water I get leg cramps, etc. because of not having enough potassium, calcium and magnesium.  A high protein diet is a natural diarectic and you need to proceed with caution.

My point here is that symptoms such as multiple pains, fatigue and/or insomnia might mean something different in each patient.  One person might have a thyroid problem, another might have a vitamin difficiency, another might have cancer that is undiagnosed.  It is up to our doctors to determine the cause, not just label it an unknown condition, like Fibromyalgia.

If the above is not bad enough, they now have to through mind altering drugs at us like Lyrica.  What lab test did they do to determine that we needed the chemicals in Lyrica to treat pain?  None!  They just threw a bunch of chemicals together and marketed them as they saw fit for profit.  How many Pfizer employees or board members are on the FDA board, or know someone who is?

Drug manufacturers such as Eli Lilly and Forest Labratories have also requested that the FDA authorize them to manufacture similiar drugs.  They all want to jump on the band wagon while Fibromyalgia is still a legitamite condition.

It is a shame that people with Fibromyalgia have to deal with lies just so that the drug manufacturers can make their billions.  Now a days you cannot depend upon accurate research and testing of drugs.  You have drug manufacturers supporting political campaigns and the FDA. 

Lyrica Side Effects:

Body as a whole: Asthenia, Accidental injury, Back pain, Chest pain, Face edema, General fatigue, Flu syndrome, Infection, Headache, Muscle spasms, Pain, Sinusitis.

Digestive system: Abdominal distension, Dry mouth, Constipation, Flatulence (gas), Increased appetite, Vomiting.

Metabolic and nutritional disorders: Peripheral edema, Weight gain, Edema, Hypoglycemia.

Musculoskeletal system: Myasthenia.

Nervous system: Ataxia, Balance disorder, Confusion, Coordination abnormal, Disturbance in attention, Dizziness, Feeling drunk, Feeling abnormal, Hypoaesthesia Incoordination, Lethargy, Memory impairment, Somnolence (sleepiness), Neuropathy, Vertigo, , Euphoria, Incoordination, Thinking abnormal, Tremor, Abnormal gait, Amnesia, Nervousness, Speech dis,order.

Psychiatric Disorders: Euphoric Mood, Confusional state, Anxiety, Disorientation, Depression.     

Respiratory system: Bronchitis, Dyspnea, Pharyngolaryngeal pain.

Special senses: Abnormal vision, Blurry vision, Diplopia, Eye Disorder.

Urogenital System: Incontinence.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Full study on Lyrica and its side effects: http://www.rxlist.com/cgi/generic/lyrica_ad.htm.

NY Times Article: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/14/health/14pain.html?ei=5088&en=20865e4d0f0b61d9&ex=1357966800&adxnnl=1&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss&adxnnlx=1219004283-6F6m7EjKDiF/gWN6IgriwA

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