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Dr. Andrew Rynne

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I Have sciatica, will Lyrica help in a lower dose

I Have sciatica, will Lyrica help in a lower dose what are the different doses, and Im afraid of the side affects , i dont want bad ones as i work during the day,, my doctor prescribed me Gabapentin 300mg Cap. and i read the side affects just so terrible i told him im not taking it,,, Please Suggest..
Tue, 16 Oct 2018
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