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Can Lyrica be taken for peripheral neuropathy?

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Posted on Tue, 15 Dec 2015
Question: I am 88 years old and in pretty good health--I do not have diabetes but In the last year or so I have neuropathy in my feet --mostly the balls of my feet and myankles I had bunion surgery a little over a year ago. Now my doctor has prescribed low dose--50mg- of Lyrica--but I'm reluctant to take it after reading all the side effects. Any advice or suggestions? The only RX medications I take are Amlodipine Besylate--5 mg, Losarten Potassium 25mg and Levothyroxine Sodium 100MCG I also takevitamins daily--including Vitamin B12 and vitamin D
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Answered by Dr. Ajay Panwar (24 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
If symptoms are troublesome,you can take Lyrica.

Detailed Answer:
Hi XXXX,
Thanks for being on healthcaremagic.com.
I am Dr.Ajay Panwar,a neurologist,here to answer your query.

I need to tell you here that if symptoms are troublesome,you can continue with Lyrica.
May I know that about which side effect of Lyrica,are you worried that much, because in clinical practice,neurologists frequently prescribe Lyrica to neuropathy patients and clinical side effects are not that marked.

So,I suggest you to continue Lyrica along with methylcobalamin supplementation.

I shall be glad to have you in follow-up with further queries.

Regards
Dr.Ajay Panwar,
MD,DM(Neurology)
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Follow up: Dr. Ajay Panwar (3 hours later)
While taking Lyrica is it safe to have a glass of wine at Thanksgiving dinner. I do not drink alcoholveryy often but would like to have a glass of wine with Thanksgiving dinner. Is it safe?
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Answered by Dr. Ajay Panwar (7 hours later)
Brief Answer:
It should be strictly occasional.

Detailed Answer:
Hi XXXX,
Thanks for being in follow-up.

It actually depends upon the frequency and the amount.Its ok if you are taking it on strictly occasional basis.That too, with a limited amount-like just one glass, as you said.

However, a few things to be kept in mind are-
1)Combined effect of alcohol and lyrica can make you sedated or extremely sleepy.
2)Monitor your blood sugar well.Strict control of Diabetes is vital to reduce the progression of neuropathy as well.

If you have any further questions,I shall be glad to have you in follow-up.

Regards
Dr.Ajay Panwar,
MD,DM(Neurology)
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Can Lyrica be taken for peripheral neuropathy?

Brief Answer: If symptoms are troublesome,you can take Lyrica. Detailed Answer: Hi XXXX, Thanks for being on healthcaremagic.com. I am Dr.Ajay Panwar,a neurologist,here to answer your query. I need to tell you here that if symptoms are troublesome,you can continue with Lyrica. May I know that about which side effect of Lyrica,are you worried that much, because in clinical practice,neurologists frequently prescribe Lyrica to neuropathy patients and clinical side effects are not that marked. So,I suggest you to continue Lyrica along with methylcobalamin supplementation. I shall be glad to have you in follow-up with further queries. Regards Dr.Ajay Panwar, MD,DM(Neurology)