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Does prolonged intake of Lyrica cause GBS?

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Posted on Thu, 12 May 2016
Question: I would like to know if you Lyrica could be one of the drugs associated with Guillain-Barr Syndrome GBS . I was diagnosis with GBS in several stays of hospital from 8/7/14 - 8/31/14. I was on Lyrica since approximatley from 2003-8/2014 and prior to GBS and had no reaction to using the Lyrica. They put me on Gabapentin 800mg a day 3 times a day for my periperal neuropathy and I still strugel with my neuropathy.
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Answered by Dr. Erion Spaho (40 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Lyrica doesn't cause GBS, is used to treat its symptoms.

Detailed Answer:
Hello and thanks for using HCM.

I have read your question and understand your concerns.

Guillain-Barre syndrome is an autoimmune disease characterized by body immune system damaging your nerves.

The exact cause isn't discovered yet, but infections such viral ones can precede it.

Risk factors include viral infections (Influenza virus, Epstein-Barr), surgery, Hodgkin's lymphoma, but no drugs including Lyrica are found to cause or predispose to Guillain-Barré syndrome.

Lyrica is one of the drugs used to ease symptoms of GBS.

Hope you found the answer helpful.

Let me know if I can assist you further.

Greetings.
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Does prolonged intake of Lyrica cause GBS?

Brief Answer: Lyrica doesn't cause GBS, is used to treat its symptoms. Detailed Answer: Hello and thanks for using HCM. I have read your question and understand your concerns. Guillain-Barre syndrome is an autoimmune disease characterized by body immune system damaging your nerves. The exact cause isn't discovered yet, but infections such viral ones can precede it. Risk factors include viral infections (Influenza virus, Epstein-Barr), surgery, Hodgkin's lymphoma, but no drugs including Lyrica are found to cause or predispose to Guillain-Barré syndrome. Lyrica is one of the drugs used to ease symptoms of GBS. Hope you found the answer helpful. Let me know if I can assist you further. Greetings.