Why Is Lyrica a Controlled Substance?

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Lyrica is a controlled substance that falls under schedule V classification. Some patients develop a dependence, requiring help to stop using it. Lyrica is a controlled substance that belongs to a class of medications rated as having the lowest potential for abuse. Lyrica isn’t a narcotic, but it does produce similar effects. People with a history of alcohol or drug abuse are at a greater risk of abusing Lyrica. Additionally, researchers have received reports of physical and/or psychological dependence. Every year, thousands of people abuse prescription medications at least once, according to statistics from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Understanding how your medications work and taking them according to your doctor’s instructions are two critical steps in minimizing the risk of abusing Lyrica. Why Is Lyrica a Controlled Substance? Lyrica is…
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What’s the difference between Lyrica and Gabapentin ?

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Both Lyrica and gabapentin are used as anti-epileptic medications and to treat nerve pain. Lyrica was originally FDA approved as an anti-epileptic drug, also called an anticonvulsant. It works by slowing down impulses in the brain that cause seizures. Pregabalin also affects chemicals in the brain that send pain signals across the nervous system. Lyrica is used to treat pain caused by fibromyalgia, or nerve pain in people with diabetes (diabetic neuropathy), herpes zoster (post-herpetic neuralgia), or spinal cord injury. Gabapentin (Neurontin, Gralise, Horizant) is a medicine used to treat partial seizures, nerve pain from shingles and restless leg syndrome. It works on the chemical messengers in your brain and nerves.  Gabapentin is from a group of medicines called anticonvulsants. Different brands of gabapentin are not interchangeable and they are…
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