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A case was recently reported of a 70-year-old man who developed rhabdomyolysis after his Lyrica (pregabalin) dosage was increased and he was also given Zocor (simvastatin), a statin drug usually given for high cholesterol. Rhabdomyolysis is the breakdown of muscle fibers that leads to the release of muscle fiber contents (myoglobin) into the bloodstream, which is harmful to the kidneys and often causes kidney damage.
When he arrived at the emergency room, the man was mentally disoriented, he was unable to stand up, all four extremities were twitching and he had slurred speech. Other symptoms of rhabdomyolysis may include:
Dark, red or cola colored urine
Decreased urine production
Muscle stiffness or aching
Weakness of affected muscles
Unintentional weight gain
Statin drugs are known to sometimes cause rhabdomyolysis. Lyrica is not generally recognized as a cause of rhabdomyolysis, although in t...
Last week Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. issued a press release announcing that it has received final FDA approval to market pregabalin, the generic version of Lyrica ® in the U.S.
Lyrica (pregabalin) was the first drug ever to be approved for the treatment of fibromyalgia . In addition to fibromyalgia, it has also been approved by the FDA for:
Treatment of neuropathic pain associated with diabetic peripheral neuropathy.
Treatment of post herpetic neuralgia.
Use an adjunctive therapy for adult patients with partial onset seizures.
Lupin's pregabalin capsules, to be available in 25 mg, 50 mg, 75 mg, 100 mg, 150 mg, 200 mg, 225 mg and 300 mg doses, are the AB-rated generic equivalent of Lyrica. An AB rating means that the generic drug has been studied and has demonstrated that it is bioequivalent to the original drug.
According to the FDA, "Bioequivalence of different formulations of the same drug substance involves equivalence with respect to the rate and ...
So, what is a doctor to do about the abuse of pain-killers? If doctors begin to act like police officers, then the doctor-patient relationship suffers. But doctors can keep an eye out for certain risk factors which may indicate a current or future problem with narcotics in a given patient. A recent article in the "Annals of Internal Medicine" discusses such risk factors, which include mood disorders, other addictions, younger age, and male sex. Unfortunately, there are few novel treatments for pain, and therefore doctor and patient are often left only with narcotics, which have been around for a long, long time. It would be helpful to have other weapons in the fight against chronic or recurrent pain, weapons which are less addictive. In the meantime, industry and the medical profession are looking at ways to combat abuse of prescription pain-killers. For example, Oxycodone will soon be available embedded in a viscous gel. In this form, the pill cann...
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