From Pharmacy Drug Guide
In 2007 Lyrica® was the first prescription drug approved by the FDA to relieve symptoms of fibromyalgia. Before that time the medication had been approved for use in patients with diabetic neuropathy, shingles, and as an anti-convulsant in some seizure disorders.
Lyrica® is manufactured by Pfizer, the pharmaceutical giant that paid a $2.3 billion fine in 2009 for advertising four drugs, including Lyrica®, for "off-market" or non-approved use.
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How to Get Lyrica Samples
Since Lyrica® is a prescription medication, only doctors can dispense free samples. Physicians' offices often receive free samples of drugs to give to their patients. If a medical professional does not have Lyrica® samples, he may be able to contact Pfizer on the patient's behalf.
The Pfizer company has plans, including Connection to Care and Pfizer Friends to help consumers afford their medication. Depending on a patient's specific circumstances, they may be eligible to receive free Lyrica® from these prescription support programs. Information on eligibility for these programs, as well as an application form, is available on the Pfizer corporate website.
How to Get Free Drug Samples
Lyrica® is made in capsules in several strengths: 25 mg, 50 mg, 75 mg, 100 mg, 150 mg, 200 mg, 225 mg, and 300 mg. It is also available in a liquid providing 20 mg/ mL.
More serious side effects that require medical attention include thoughts of suicide, blurred or double vision, hives, rash, blisters, itching, swelling of the fact, eyes, throat, mouth, lips, gum, tongue, head or neck.
Because patients in clinical studies often reported a euphoric feeling, being "high" with the medication, Lyrica® can be abused. Patients taking Lyrica® should be carefully evaluated to guard against abuse, including development of tolerance, increased doses, and drug-seeking behavior.  Clinical studies suggest that some patients might develop a dependence on Lyrica® and experience withdrawal symptoms like insomnia, nausea, headache, and diarrhea.
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