Can You Take Lyrica On An As Needed Basis? Or Do You Have To Take It Everyday?

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Can You Take Lyrica On An As Needed Basis? Or Do You Have To Take It Everyday?

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it's more effective when you take it every day, however, the dose you take depends on the pain levels - it can range from a low dose to a much higher one, depending on how debilitating your pain is. Usually, people start on a low dose and once they're used to that, gradually increase until they find a dose that deals effectively with the pain.

keep in mind that the first step to getting your pain under control is to get your RA suppressed - I have both RA and fibro as well and when your RA is active, it makes fibro pain worse. Lyrica has been a lifesaver for many people I know - it treats the nerve pain of fibro very well and can make all the difference. I recommend you check out the fibromyalgia area of our Chronic Pain site for more information about the condition, medications and coping tips.

Answered by Lene Andersen, MSW