Review: could Lyrica cause Lethargy (Fatigue)?
Summary: Lethargy is found among people who take Lyrica, especially for people who are female, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take medication Neurontin, and have Pain.
We study 64,346 people who have side effects while taking Lyrica from FDA and social media. Among them, 3,400 have Lethargy. Find out below who they are, when they have Lethargy and more.
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Lyrica has active ingredients of pregabalin. It is often used in fibromyalgia. (latest outcomes from Lyrica 66,558 users)
Lethargy (tiredness) has been reported by people with multiple sclerosis, high blood pressure, depression, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis.(latest reports from Lethargy 200,279 patients)
On Nov, 29, 2014: 64,346 people reported to have side effects when taking Lyrica. Among them, 3,400 people (5.28%) have Lethargy.
Time on Lyrica when people have Lethargy * :
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Gender of people who have Lethargy when taking Lyrica * :
Age of people who have Lethargy when taking Lyrica * :
Severity of Lethargy when taking Lyrica ** :
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How people recovered from Lethargy ** :
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Top conditions involved for these people * :
- Pain (841 people, 24.74%)
- Fibromyalgia (805 people, 23.68%)
- Neuralgia (487 people, 14.32%)
- Depression (420 people, 12.35%)
- Anxiety (326 people, 9.59%)
Top co-used drugs for these people * :
- Neurontin (460 people, 13.53%)
- Cymbalta (450 people, 13.24%)
- Aspirin (441 people, 12.97%)
- Ambien (336 people, 9.88%)
- Synthroid (309 people, 9.09%)
* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.
** Reports from social media are used.
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