Lyrica is a drug that goes by the name pregabalin, a medication people use for treatment of epilepsy, neuropathic (nerve) pain, fibromyalgia, and generalized anxiety disorder. Pregabalin works by reducing pain signals damaged nerves send out. Learn more about whether Lyrica is considered a narcotic and what to look for in this medication.

About Lyrica

Lyrica is not considered an opioid or a narcotic. Lyrica is in a class of medications called anticonvulsants. The drug drug Lyrica has some side effects to be aware of in that it may be habit forming. Withdrawal symptoms may occur depending on the dosage taken. Common signs of withdrawal may include:

  • Trouble falling asleep
  • Anxiety
  • Diaphoresis
  • Nausea
  • Aggression
  • Diarrhea
  • Headaches

Lyrica and Depression

Lyrica may lead to depression, insomnia, aggressive behavior, worsening anxiety, or other symptoms due to the way the body metabolizes the drug and depending on each individual’s experience with the drug.

Pain Medication Alternatives

Pain medicines (analgesics) affect different people in different ways. There are three kinds of pain medications: prescription, over-the-counter (OTC), and natural.

  • Prescription pain medication includes antidepressants, opioids, NSAID
  • Anticonvulsants are usually used to treat seizure disorders but may treat other types of pain
  • Opioid drugs may be used to treat acute or severe pain but be aware fentanyl, oxycodone, or codeine have highly addictive properties
  • Over-the-counter (OTC) pain medication falls into two categories: non-prescription NSAIDs and non-aspirin pain relievers. Tylenol works for fevers and common pains but does not relieve inflammation
  • Natural replacements: limited to no medical support for these claims but some people feel there are natural alternatives for Lyrica including magnesium, Vitamin D, and ginger. It helps to speak with a treating physician prior to using any natural supplements.

Lyrica is a non narcotic prescription drug that may be habit forming and can trigger depression. It is good to discuss with a treating physician taking this medication or opiates, especially if you are in recovery from addiction or have had co-occurring mental health issues as well.

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