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Review: could Lyrica cause Drug abuse?

We study 64,239 people who have side effects while taking Lyrica from FDA and social media. Among them, 285 have Drug abuse. Find out below who they are, when they have Drug abuse and more.

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Lyrica (latest outcomes from 66,438 users) has active ingredients of pregabalin. It is often used in fibromyalgia.

Drug abuse

Drug abuse (latest reports from 66,163 patients) has been reported by people with pain, depression, back pain, stress and anxiety, schizophrenia.

On Jun, 13, 2014: 64,224 people reported to have side effects when taking Lyrica. Among them, 303 people (0.47%) have Drug Abuse. They amount to 0.51% of all the 58,837 people who have Drug Abuse on eHealthMe.

Trend of Drug abuse in Lyrica reports

Time on Lyrica when people have Drug abuse * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Drug abuse63.33%0.00%16.67%13.33%0.00%3.33%3.33%

Gender of people who have Drug abuse when taking Lyrica * :

Drug abuse42.28%57.72%

Age of people who have Drug abuse when taking Lyrica * :

Drug abuse0.00%0.00%4.27%22.75%29.86%20.38%8.53%14.22%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Neuralgia (51 people, 16.83%)
  2. Pain (47 people, 15.51%)
  3. Depression (32 people, 10.56%)
  4. Insomnia (28 people, 9.24%)
  5. Anxiety (22 people, 7.26%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Nexium (32 people, 10.56%)
  2. Ambien (31 people, 10.23%)
  3. Atenolol (29 people, 9.57%)
  4. Clonazepam (28 people, 9.24%)
  5. Naprosyn (28 people, 9.24%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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