LYRICA CR (pregabalin extended-release) tablets are for oral use and contain pregabalin. Pregabalin is described chemically as (S)-3-(aminomethyl)-5-methylhexanoic acid. The molecular formula is C8H17NO2 and the molecular weight is 159.23. The chemical structure of pregabalin is:
Pregabalin is a white to off-white, crystalline solid with a pKa1 of 4.2 and a pKa2 of 10.6. It is freely soluble in water and both basic and acidic aqueous solutions. The log of the partition coefficient (n-octanol/0.05M phosphate buffer) at pH 7.4 is – 1.35.
LYRICA CR extended-release tablets are administered orally and contain 82.5, 165, or 330 mg of pregabalin, along with Kollidon SR (polyvinyl acetate, povidone, sodium lauryl sulphate, and silica), crospovidone, polyethylene oxide, carbomer, magnesium stearate, polyvinyl alcohol, titanium dioxide, talc, polyethylene glycol, and colorants as inactive ingredients.
Sections or subsections omitted from the full prescribing information are not listed.
LYRICA CR is indicated for the management of:
- Neuropathic pain associated with diabetic peripheral neuropathy
- Postherpetic neuralgia
Efficacy of LYRICA CR has not been established for the management of fibromyalgia or as adjunctive therapy for adult patients with partial onset seizures.
DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION
Important Dosage And Administration Instructions
LYRICA CR should be administered once daily after an evening meal.
LYRICA CR should be swallowed whole and should not be split, crushed, or chewed.
When discontinuing LYRICA CR, taper gradually over a minimum of 1 week.
Instruct patients that if they miss taking their dose of LYRICA CR after an evening meal, then they should take their usual dose of LYRICA CR prior to bedtime following a snack. If they miss taking the dose of LYRICA CR prior to bedtime, then they should take their usual dose of LYRICA CR following a morning meal. If they miss taking the dose of LYRICA CR following the morning meal, then they should take their usual dose of LYRICA CR at the usual time that evening following an evening meal [see PATIENT INFORMATION].
Neuropathic Pain Associated With Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy
Begin dosing at 165 mg once daily and increase to 330 mg once daily within 1 week based on individual patient response and tolerability. The maximum recommended dose of LYRICA CR is 330 mg once daily.
Although LYRICA was studied at 600 mg/day, there was no evidence that this dose conferred additional significant benefit and this dose was less well tolerated. In view of the dose-dependent adverse reactions with LYRICA, treatment with doses above 330 mg/day is not recommended for LYRICA CR.
Begin dosing at 165 mg once daily and increase to 330 mg once daily within 1 week based on individual patient response and tolerability.
Patients who do not experience sufficient pain relief following 2 to 4 weeks of treatment with 330 mg once daily and who are able to tolerate LYRICA CR, may be treated with up to 660 mg once daily. In view of the dose-dependent adverse reactions and the higher rate of treatment discontinuation due to adverse reactions, dosing above 330 mg/day should be reserved only for those patients who have on-going pain and are tolerating 330 mg daily. The maximum recommended dose of LYRICA CR is 660 mg once daily.
Conversion From LYRICA Capsules Or Oral Solution To LYRICA CR
When switching from LYRICA to LYRICA CR on the day of the switch, instruct patients to take their morning dose of LYRICA as prescribed and initiate LYRICA CR therapy after an evening meal.
Table 1. Conversion from LYRICA Capsules or Oral Solution to LYRICA CR
|LYRICA Total Daily Dose
(dosed 2 or 3 times daily)
|LYRICA CR Dose
(dosed once a day)
|75 mg/daily||82.5 mg/day|
|150 mg/daily||165 mg/day|
|225 mg/daily||247.5 mg/day*|
|300 mg/daily||330 mg/day|
|450 mg/daily||495 mg/day†|
|600 mg/daily||660 mg/day‡|
|* 247.5 mg = 3 × 82.5 mg tablets taken once a day.
† 495 mg = 3 × 165 mg tablets taken once a day.
‡ 660 mg = 2 × 330 mg tablets taken once a day.
Patients With Renal Impairment
Use of LYRICA CR is not recommended for patients with creatinine clearance (CLcr) less than 30 mL/min or who are undergoing hemodialysis. Those patients should receive LYRICA.
In view of dose-dependent adverse reactions and because pregabalin is eliminated primarily by renal excretion, adjust the dose in patients with reduced renal function. Base the dose adjustment in patients with renal impairment on CLcr, as indicated in Table 2. To use the dosing tables, an estimate of the patient's CLcr in mL/min is needed. CLcr in mL/min may be estimated from serum creatinine (mg/dL) determination using the Cockcroft and Gault equation:
|Males:||(weight in kg) x (140 – age)
(72) x serum creatinine (mg/100 mL)
|Females:||(0.85) x (above value)|
Next, refer to the Dosage and Administration section to determine the recommended total daily dose based on indication, for a patient with normal renal function (CLcr greater than or equal to 60 mL/min). Then refer to Table 2 to determine the corresponding renal adjusted dose.
(For example: A patient initiating LYRICA CR therapy for postherpetic neuralgia with normal renal function [CLcr greater than or equal to 60 mL/min], receives a single daily dose of 165 mg/day pregabalin. Therefore, a renal impaired patient with a CLcr of 50 mL/min would receive a single daily dose of 82.5 mg.)
Table 2. LYRICA CR Dosage Adjustment Based on Renal Function
|Creatinine Clearance (CLcr)
|Total LYRICA CR Daily Dose
|greater than or equal to 60||165||330||495*||660†||Once a day|
|30–60||82.5||165||247.5‡||330||Once a day|
|less than 30/hemodialysis||Dose with LYRICA|
|* 495 mg = 3 × 165 mg tablets taken once a day.
† 660 mg = 2 × 330 mg tablets taken once a day.
‡ 247.5 mg = 3 × 82.5 mg tablets taken once a day.
Dosage Forms And Strengths
Extended-release tablets: 82.5 mg, 165 mg, and 330 mg [see DESCRIPTION and HOW SUPPLIED].
LYRICA CR Tablets
|Tablet Strength (mg)||Tablet Description|
|82.5 mg||Light blue, film-coated, almond-shaped tablet debossed with Pfizer on 1 side and PGN 82.5 on the other side|
|165 mg||Beige, film-coated, almond-shaped tablet debossed with Pfizer on 1 side and PGN 165 on the other side|
|330 mg||Rose, film-coated, almond-shaped tablet debossed with Pfizer on 1 side and PGN 330 on the other side|
Storage And Handling
LYRICA CR is supplied in the following strengths and package configurations:
LYRICA CR Tablets
|Package Configuration||Tablet Strength (mg)||NDC||Tablet Description|
|Bottles of 30 tablets||82.5 mg||NDC 0071-1026-01||Light blue, film-coated, almond-shaped tablet debossed with Pfizer on 1 side and PGN 82.5 on the other side|
|Bottles of 30 tablets||165 mg||NDC 0071-1027-01||Beige, film-coated, almond-shaped tablet debossed with Pfizer on 1 side and PGN 165 on the other side|
|Bottles of 30 tablets||330 mg||NDC 0071-1029-01||Rose, film-coated, almond-shaped tablet debossed with Pfizer on 1 side and PGN 330 on the other side|
Store at 20°C to 25°C (68°F to 77°F), excursions permitted between 15°C and 30°C (between 59°F and 86°F) in the original package. (See USP Controlled Room Temperature)
Distributed by Pfizer Parke-Davis, Division of Pfizer Inc, NY, NY 10012. Revised: Jun 2020
The following adverse reactions are described elsewhere in the labeling:
- Angioedema [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
- Hypersensitivity Reactions [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
- Suicidal Behavior and Ideation [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
- Respiratory Depression [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
- Dizziness and Somnolence [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
- Risks Associated with Abrupt or Rapid Discontinuation [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
- Peripheral Edema [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
- Weight Gain [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
- Ophthalmological Effects [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
- Creatine Kinase Elevations [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
- Decreased Platelet Count [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
Clinical Trials Experience
Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical trials of a drug cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical trials of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice.
Two randomized placebo-controlled clinical trials were conducted in patients with postherpetic neuralgia and fibromyalgia in which a total of 1242 patients received LYRICA CR. Both studies were randomized withdrawal design where a 6-week single-blind, dose optimization phase was followed by a 13-week double-blind phase. The most common adverse events leading to discontinuation from the single-blind phase of the study occurring in greater than or equal to 0.3% of patients were dizziness, somnolence, peripheral edema, fatigue, blurred vision, and increased weight. Sixty-four percent of patients experienced adverse events during the single-blind phase, with the most common adverse events occurring in greater than or equal to 4% of patients being dizziness, somnolence, headache, fatigue, peripheral edema, nausea, blurred vision, dry mouth, and weight gain.
Controlled Study In Postherpetic Neuralgia
Adverse Reactions Leading to Discontinuation
In a clinical trial in patients with postherpetic neuralgia, 8.9% of patients treated with LYRICA CR discontinued prematurely during the single-blind phase due to adverse reactions. The most common reasons for discontinuation due to adverse reactions were dizziness (2.1%), somnolence (0.87%), and peripheral edema (0.50%).
Most Common Adverse Reactions
Table 4 lists all adverse reactions, regardless of causality, occurring in greater than or equal to 1% of patients with postherpetic neuralgia who received LYRICA CR, regardless of the phase of the study.
Table 4. Incidence of Adverse Reactions Reported in Greater Than or Equal to 1% of Subjects in Any Phase of the LYRICA CR Study in Patients With Postherpetic Neuralgia*
|System Organ Class Preferred Term||Single-Blind Phase||Double-Blind Phase|
|Ear and labyrinth disorders|
|Vertigo||31 (3.9)||2 (1.0)||1 (0.5)|
|Vision blurred||30 (3.7)||1 (0.5)||0|
|Diplopia||8 (1.0)||1 (0.5)||0|
|Dry mouth||30 (3.7)||1 (0.5)||0|
|Nausea||24 (3.0)||7 (3.4)||0|
|Diarrhea||11 (1.4)||2 (1.0)||1 (0.5)|
|Vomiting||9 (1.1)||3 (1.4)||1 (0.5)|
|General disorders and administration site conditions|
|Edema peripheral||39 (4.9)||8 (3.8)||1 (0.5)|
|Fatigue||31 (3.9)||3 (1.4)||2 (1.0)|
|Edema||3 (0.4)||3 (1.4)||0|
|Infections and infestations|
|Nasopharyngitis||12 (1.5)||3 (1.4)||0|
|Urinary tract infection||11 (1.4)||3 (1.4)||1 (0.5)|
|Bronchitis||4 (0.5)||3 (1.4)||2 (1.0)|
|Respiratory tract infection viral||3 (0.4)||3 (1.4)||1 (0.5)|
|Sinusitis||3 (0.4)||2 (1.0)||0|
|Gastroenteritis viral||2 (0.2)||2 (1.0)||0|
|Weight increased||20 (2.5)||8 (3.8)||2 (1.0)|
|Alanine aminotransferase increased||2 (0.2)||3 (1.4)||0|
|Aspartate aminotransferase increased||2 (0.2)||2 (1.0)||0|
|* Table is limited to adverse reactions that occurred with higher incidence in LYRICA CR-treated patients than in placebo-treated patients for the DB Phase of the study.|
Other Adverse Reactions Observed During Clinical Studies With LYRICA And LYRICA CR
In addition to the adverse reactions reported during the controlled studies with LYRICA CR in postherpetic neuralgia, the following adverse reactions have been reported in patients treated with LYRICA and LYRICA CR during all clinical studies. This listing does not include those adverse reactions already listed above. The adverse reactions are categorized by system organ class and listed in order of decreasing frequency according to the following definitions: frequent adverse reactions are those occurring on 1 or more occasions in at least 1/100 patients; infrequent adverse reactions are those occurring in 1/100 to 1/1000 patients; rare reactions are those occurring in fewer than 1/1000 patients. Adverse reactions of major clinical importance are described in the WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS.
Eye Disorders – Infrequent: Periorbital edema
General Disorders – Frequent: Fever; Infrequent: Chest pain, Face edema; Rare: Facial pain, Mucosal dryness
Hemic and Lymphatic System Disorders – Frequent: Ecchymosis; Infrequent: Anemia, Eosinophilia, Hypochromic anemia, Leukocytosis, Leukopenia, Lymphadenopathy, Thrombocytopenia; Rare: Myelofibrosis, Polycythemia, Prothrombin decreased, Purpura, Thrombocythemia
Metabolic and Nutritional Disorders – Rare: Glucose Tolerance Decreased, Urate Crystalluria
Nervous System Disorders – Frequent: Anxiety, Depersonalization, Hypertonia, Hypoesthesia, Libido decreased, Nystagmus, Paresthesia, Sedation, Stupor, Twitching; Infrequent: Coordination abnormal, Abnormal dreams, Agitation, Amnesia, Apathy, Aphasia, Circumoral paresthesia, Cognitive disorder, Dysarthria, Dysgeusia, Hallucinations, Hostility, Hyperalgesia, Hyperesthesia, Hyperkinesia, Hypokinesia, Hypotonia, Libido increased, Myoclonus, Neuralgia, Sciatica, Sleep phase rhythm disturbance; Rare: Addiction, Altered state of consciousness, Bradykinesia, Cerebellar syndrome, Cogwheel rigidity, Coma, Delirium, Delusions, Depressed level of consciousness, Dysautonomia, Dyskinesia, Dystonia, Encephalopathy, Extrapyramidal syndrome, Psychomotor hyperactivity, Psychomotor skills impaired
Psychiatric Disorders – Infrequent: Irritability
Respiratory System Disorders – Rare: Lung edema
Urogenital System Disorders – Frequent: Anorgasmia, Impotence, Urinary frequency, Urinary incontinence; Infrequent: Abnormal ejaculation, Albuminuria, Dysuria, Hematuria, Kidney calculus, Leukorrhea, Nephritis, Oliguria, Urinary retention
Postmarketing Experience With LYRICA
The following adverse reactions have been identified during post-approval use of LYRICA. These adverse reactions have not been listed above and data are insufficient to support an estimate of their incidence or to establish causation. The listing is alphabetized: breast enlargement, bullous pemphigoid, gynecomastia.
There are postmarketing reports of life-threatening or fatal respiratory depression in patients taking pregabalin with opioids or other CNS depressants, or in the setting of underlying respiratory impairment.
In addition, there are postmarketing reports of events related to reduced lower gastrointestinal tract function (e.g., intestinal obstruction, paralytic ileus, constipation) when LYRICA was co-administered with medications that have the potential to produce constipation, such as opioid analgesics.
Since pregabalin is predominantly excreted unchanged in the urine, undergoes negligible metabolism in humans (less than 2% of a dose recovered in urine as metabolites), and does not bind to plasma proteins, its pharmacokinetics are unlikely to be affected by other agents through metabolic interactions or protein binding displacement. In vitro studies showed that pregabalin is unlikely to be involved in significant pharmacokinetic drug interactions [see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY].
The interactions of LYRICA CR with co-administration of other drugs have not been systematically evaluated. Co-administration of the prokinetic drug erythromycin with LYRICA CR did not result in any clinically important changes in the pharmacokinetics of LYRICA CR [see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY].
Additional studies have been performed with LYRICA. No pharmacokinetic interactions were observed between LYRICA and carbamazepine, gabapentin, lamotrigine, oral contraceptive, phenobarbital, phenytoin, topiramate, and valproic acid. A similar lack of pharmacokinetic interactions would be expected to occur with LYRICA CR.
Although no pharmacokinetic interactions were seen with LYRICA and ethanol, lorazepam, or oxycodone, additive effects on cognitive and gross motor functioning were seen when LYRICA was co-administered with these drugs. No clinically important effects on respiration were seen in studies of LYRICA.
Drug Abuse And Dependence
LYRICA CR contains pregabalin, a Schedule V controlled substance.
In a study of recreational users (N=15) of sedative/hypnotic drugs, including alcohol, LYRICA (450 mg, single dose) received subjective ratings of "good drug effect," "high" and "liking" to a degree that was similar to diazepam (30 mg, single dose). In controlled clinical studies in over 5500 patients, 4% of LYRICA-treated patients and 1% of placebo-treated patients overall reported euphoria as an adverse reaction, though in some patient populations studied, this reporting rate was higher and ranged from 1 to 12%.
Carefully evaluate all patients treated with LYRICA CR for history of drug abuse and observe them for signs of LYRICA CR misuse or abuse (e.g., development of tolerance, dose escalation, drug-seeking behavior).
In clinical studies, following abrupt or rapid discontinuation of LYRICA CR, some patients reported symptoms including insomnia, nausea, headache diarrhea, or anxiety [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS], consistent with physical dependence. In the postmarketing experience with LYRICA, in addition to these reported symptoms there have also been reported cases of hyperhidrosis.
Included as part of the PRECAUTIONS section.
There have been postmarketing reports of angioedema in patients during initial and chronic treatment with LYRICA. Specific symptoms included swelling of the face, mouth (tongue, lips, and gums), and neck (throat and larynx). There were reports of life-threatening angioedema with respiratory compromise requiring emergency treatment. Discontinue LYRICA CR immediately in patients with these symptoms.
Exercise caution when prescribing LYRICA CR to patients who have had a previous episode of angioedema. In addition, patients who are taking other drugs associated with angioedema (e.g., angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors [ACE-inhibitors]) may be at increased risk of developing angioedema.
There have been postmarketing reports of hypersensitivity reactions in patients shortly after initiation of treatment with LYRICA. Adverse reactions included skin redness, blisters, hives, rash, dyspnea, and wheezing. Discontinue LYRICA CR immediately in patients with these symptoms.
Suicidal Behavior And Ideation
Antiepileptic drugs (AEDs), including pregabalin, the active ingredient in LYRICA CR, increase the risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior in patients taking these drugs for any indication. Monitor patients treated with any AED for any indication for the emergence or worsening of depression, suicidal thoughts or behavior, and/or any unusual changes in mood or behavior.
Pooled analyses of 199 placebo-controlled clinical trials (mono-and adjunctive therapy) of 11 different AEDs showed that patients randomized to one of the AEDs had approximately twice the risk (adjusted Relative Risk 1.8, 95% CI:1.2, 2.7) of suicidal thinking or behavior compared to patients randomized to placebo. In these trials, which had a median treatment duration of 12 weeks, the estimated incidence rate of suicidal behavior or ideation among 27,863 AED-treated patients was 0.43%, compared to 0.24% among 16,029 placebo-treated patients, representing an increase of approximately one case of suicidal thinking or behavior for every 530 patients treated. There were four suicides in drug-treated patients in the trials and none in placebo-treated patients, but the number is too small to allow any conclusion about drug effect on suicide.
The increased risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior with AEDs was observed as early as one week after starting drug treatment with AEDs and persisted for the duration of treatment assessed. Because most trials included in the analysis did not extend beyond 24 weeks, the risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior beyond 24 weeks could not be assessed.
The risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior was generally consistent among drugs in the data analyzed. The finding of increased risk with AEDs of varying mechanisms of action and across a range of indications suggests that the risk applies to all AEDs used for any indication. The risk did not vary substantially by age (5-100 years) in the clinical trials analyzed.
Table 3 shows absolute and relative risk by indication for all evaluated AEDs.
Table 3: Risk by Indication for Antiepileptic Drugs in
the Pooled Analysis
|Indication||Placebo Patients With Events per 1000 Patients||Drug Patients With Events per 1000 Patients||Relative Risk: Incidence of Events in Drug Patients/Incidence in Placebo Patients||Risk Difference: Additional Drug Patients With Events per 1000 Patients|
The relative risk for suicidal thoughts or behavior was higher in clinical trials for epilepsy than in clinical trials for psychiatric or other conditions, but the absolute risk differences were similar for the epilepsy and psychiatric indications.
Anyone considering prescribing LYRICA CR must balance the risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior with the risk of untreated illness. Many other illnesses for which AEDs are prescribed are themselves associated with morbidity and mortality and an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior. Should suicidal thoughts and behavior emerge during treatment, the prescriber needs to consider whether the emergence of these symptoms in any given patient may be related to the illness being treated.
Inform patients, their caregivers, and families that LYRICA CR can increase the risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior and advise them of the need to be alert for the emergence or worsening of the signs and symptoms of depression, any unusual changes in mood or behavior, or the emergence of suicidal thoughts, behavior, or thoughts about self-harm. Report behaviors of concern immediately to healthcare providers.
LYRICA CR treatment may cause peripheral edema. In short-term trials of patients without clinically significant heart or peripheral vascular disease, there was no apparent association between peripheral edema and cardiovascular complications such as hypertension or congestive heart failure. Peripheral edema was not associated with laboratory changes suggestive of deterioration in renal or hepatic function.
In controlled clinical trials for pain indications, the incidence of peripheral edema for patients receiving LYRICA CR in the single-blind phase was 5.3% of patients. In controlled clinical trials for pain indications, 0.8% of LYRICA CR patients withdrew due to peripheral edema during the single-blind phase.
Higher frequencies of weight gain and peripheral edema were observed in patients taking both LYRICA and a thiazolidinedione antidiabetic agent compared to patients taking either drug alone. The majority of patients using thiazolidinedione antidiabetic agents in the overall safety database were participants in studies of pain associated with diabetic peripheral neuropathy. In this population, peripheral edema was reported in 3% (2/60) of patients who were using thiazolidinedione antidiabetic agents only, 8% (69/859) of patients who were treated with LYRICA only, and 19% (23/120) of patients who were on both LYRICA and thiazolidinedione antidiabetic agents. Similarly, weight gain was reported in 0% (0/60) of patients on thiazolidinediones only; 4% (35/859) of patients on LYRICA only; and 7.5% (9/120) of patients on both drugs.
As the thiazolidinedione class of antidiabetic drugs can cause weight gain and/or fluid retention, possibly exacerbating or leading to heart failure, monitor patients for the development of edema when co-administering LYRICA CR and these agents.
Because there are limited data on congestive heart failure patients with New York Heart Association (NYHA) Class III or IV cardiac status, monitor these patients for possible exacerbation of congestive heart failure symptoms when using LYRICA CR.
Dizziness And Somnolence
LYRICA CR may cause dizziness and somnolence. Inform patients that LYRICA CR-related dizziness and somnolence may impair their ability to perform tasks such as driving or operating machinery. Concomitant use of LYRICA CR with other central nervous system (CNS) depressants may exacerbate these effects [see DRUG INTERACTIONS].
In the LYRICA CR controlled trials for pain indications, dizziness was experienced by 24% of LYRICA CR-treated patients during the single-blind phase; somnolence was experienced by 15.8% of LYRICA CR-treated patients. Dizziness and somnolence generally began shortly after the initiation of LYRICA CR therapy and occurred more frequently at higher doses. Dizziness and somnolence were the adverse reactions most frequently leading to withdrawal (2.4%, 1.2% each) during the single-blind phase of the controlled studies. In LYRICA-treated patients reporting these adverse reactions in short-term, controlled studies, dizziness persisted until the last dose in 30% and somnolence persisted until the last dose in 42% of patients.
LYRICA CR treatment may cause weight gain. In LYRICA CR controlled trials for pain indications, weight gain was experienced by 4% of LYRICA CR-treated patients during the single-blind phase. Adverse events of weight gain were observed in 3.7% of LYRICA CR-treated patients and 1% of placebo-treated patients during the double-blind phase.
In LYRICA controlled clinical trials of up to 14 weeks a gain of 7% or more over baseline weight was observed in 9% of LYRICA-treated patients and 2% of placebo-treated patients. Few patients treated with LYRICA (0.3%) withdrew from controlled trials due to weight gain. In studies with LYRICA, associated weight gain was related to pregabalin dose and duration of exposure, but did not appear to be associated with baseline BMI, gender, or age. Weight gain was not limited to patients with edema [see Peripheral Edema].
Although weight gain was not associated with clinically important changes in blood pressure in short-term controlled studies with LYRICA, the long-term cardiovascular effects of pregabalin-associated weight gain are unknown.
Among diabetic patients, LYRICA-treated patients gained an average of 1.6 kg (range: -16 to 16 kg), compared to an average 0.3 kg (range: -10 to 9 kg) weight gain in placebo patients. In a cohort of 333 diabetic patients who received LYRICA for at least 2 years, the average weight gain was 5.2 kg.
While the effects of pregabalin-associated weight gain on glycemic control have not been systematically assessed, in controlled and longer-term open-label clinical trials with diabetic patients, LYRICA treatment did not appear to be associated with loss of glycemic control (as measured by HbA1C).
Risks Associated With Abrupt Or Rapid Discontinuation
Following abrupt or rapid discontinuation of LYRICA CR, some patients reported symptoms including, insomnia, nausea, headache, anxiety, and diarrhea. Increased seizure frequency may occur in patients with seizure disorders taking LYRICA CR for pain if LYRICA CR is rapidly discontinued. Taper LYRICA CR gradually over a minimum of 1 week rather than discontinuing the drug abruptly. The efficacy of LYRICA CR as adjunctive therapy for adult patients with partial onset seizures has not been established.
In standard preclinical in vivo lifetime carcinogenicity studies of pregabalin, an unexpectedly high incidence of hemangiosarcoma was identified in 2 different strains of mice [see Nonclinical Toxicology]. The clinical significance of this finding is unknown. Clinical experience during premarketing development of LYRICA provides no direct means to assess its potential for inducing tumors in humans.
In clinical studies across various patient populations, comprising 6396 patient-years of exposure in patients greater than 12 years of age, new or worsening-preexisting tumors were reported in 57 patients. Without knowledge of the background incidence and recurrence in similar populations not treated with pregabalin, it is impossible to know whether the incidence seen in these cohorts is or is not affected by treatment.
In controlled studies for pain indications, 4.8% of patients treated with LYRICA CR in the single-blind phase reported blurred vision, which resolved in a majority of cases with continued dosing. Less than 1% of patients discontinued LYRICA CR treatment due to vision-related events (primarily blurred vision). Additionally, 0.7% of LYRICA CR-treated patients as compared to no placebo-treated patients experienced blurred vision in the double-blind phase.
Prospectively planned ophthalmologic testing during the premarketing development of pregabalin, including visual acuity testing, formal visual field testing and dilated funduscopic examination, was performed in over 3600 patients. In these patients, visual acuity was reduced in 7% of LYRICA-treated patients and 5% of placebo-treated patients. Visual field changes were detected in 13% of LYRICA-treated and 12% of placebo-treated patients. Funduscopic changes were observed in 2% of LYRICA-treated and 2% of placebo-treated patients.
Although the clinical significance of the ophthalmologic findings is unknown, inform patients to notify their physician if changes in vision occur. If visual disturbance persists, consider further assessment. Consider more frequent assessment for patients who are already routinely monitored for ocular conditions.
Creatine Kinase Elevations
LYRICA treatment was associated with creatine kinase elevations. Mean changes in creatine kinase from baseline to the maximum value were 60 U/L for LYRICA-treated patients and 28 U/L for the placebo patients. In all controlled trials across multiple patient populations, 1.5% of patients on LYRICA and 0.7% of placebo patients had a value of creatine kinase at least 3 times the upper limit of normal. Three LYRICA-treated subjects had events reported as rhabdomyolysis in premarketing clinical trials. The relationship between these myopathy events and LYRICA is not completely understood because the cases had documented factors that may have caused or contributed to these events. Instruct patients to promptly report unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness, particularly if these muscle symptoms are accompanied by malaise or fever. Discontinue treatment with LYRICA CR if myopathy is diagnosed or suspected or if markedly elevated creatine kinase levels occur.
Decreased Platelet Count
Both LYRICA CR and LYRICA treatment were associated with a decrease in platelet count. In the double-blind phase of controlled studies for pain indication, LYRICA CR-treated patients experienced a median change from baseline in platelet count of 11 x 103/mm² (for the PHN population) and 14 x 103/mm² (for the FM population) as compared to 1 x 103/mm² in placebo-treated patients (for both populations). LYRICA-treated patients experienced a mean maximal decrease in platelet count of 20 x 103/μL, compared to 11 x 103/μL in placebo patients. In the overall database of controlled trials, 2% of placebo patients and 3% of LYRICA patients experienced a potentially clinically significant decrease in platelets, defined as 20% below baseline value and less than 150 x 103/μL. A single LYRICA-treated subject developed severe thrombocytopenia with a platelet count less than 20 x 103/μL. In randomized controlled trials, LYRICA or LYRICA CR were not associated with an increase in bleeding-related adverse reactions.
PR Interval Prolongation
LYRICA treatment was associated with PR interval prolongation. In analyses of clinical trial ECG data, the mean PR interval increase was 3–6 msec at pregabalin doses greater than or equal to 300 mg/day. This mean change difference was not associated with an increased risk of PR increase greater than or equal to 25% from baseline, an increased percentage of subjects with on-treatment PR greater than 200 msec, or an increased risk of adverse reactions of second or third degree AV block.
Subgroup analyses did not identify an increased risk of PR prolongation in patients with baseline PR prolongation or in patients taking other PR prolonging medications. However, these analyses cannot be considered definitive because of the limited number of patients in these categories.
Patient Counseling Information
Advise the patient to read the FDA-approved patient labeling (Medication Guide).
Advise patients that LYRICA CR may cause angioedema, with swelling of the face, mouth (lip, gum, tongue) and neck (larynx and pharynx) that can lead to life-threatening respiratory compromise. Instruct patients to discontinue LYRICA CR and immediately seek medical care if they experience these symptoms [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].
Advise patients that LYRICA CR has been associated with hypersensitivity reactions such as skin redness, blisters, hives, rash, dyspnea, and wheezing. Instruct patients to discontinue LYRICA CR and immediately seek medical care if they experience these symptoms [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].
Suicidal Thinking And Behavior
Counsel patients, their caregivers, and families that AEDs, including pregabalin, the active ingredient in LYRICA CR, may increase the risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior and should be advised of the need to be alert for the emergence or worsening of symptoms of depression, any unusual changes in mood or behavior, or the emergence of suicidal thoughts, behavior, or thoughts about self-harm. Instruct patients, caregivers, and families to report behaviors of concern immediately to a healthcare provider [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].
Dizziness And Somnolence
Inform patients that LYRICA CR may cause dizziness, somnolence, blurred vision, and other CNS signs and symptoms. Accordingly, advise patients not to drive, operate complex machinery, or engage in other hazardous activities until they have gained sufficient experience on LYRICA CR to gauge whether or not it affects their mental, visual, and/or motor performance adversely [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].
Weight Gain And Edema
Inform patients that LYRICA CR may cause edema and weight gain. Advise patients that concomitant treatment with LYRICA CR and a thiazolidinedione antidiabetic agent may lead to an additive effect on edema and weight gain. Advise patients with preexisting cardiac conditions that this may increase the risk of heart failure [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].
Abrupt Or Rapid Discontinuation
Advise patients to take LYRICA CR as prescribed. Abrupt or rapid discontinuation may result in insomnia, nausea, headache, anxiety, or diarrhea. Advise patients with seizure disorders that abrupt or rapid discontinuation may increase seizure frequency [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].
Counsel patients that LYRICA CR may cause visual disturbances. Inform patients that if changes in vision occur, they should notify their physician [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].
Creatine Kinase Elevations
Instruct patients to promptly report unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness, particularly if accompanied by malaise or fever [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].
Inform patients who require concomitant treatment with central nervous system depressants such as opiates or benzodiazepines that they may experience additive CNS side effects, such as somnolence and dizziness [seeDRUG INTERACTIONS].
Advise patients to avoid consuming alcohol while taking LYRICA CR, as LYRICA CR may potentiate the impairment of motor skills and sedating effects of alcohol [see DRUG INTERACTIONS].
Use In Pregnancy
Advise pregnant patients to enroll in the North American Antiepileptic Drug (NAAED) Pregnancy Registry [see Use In Specific Populations].
Instruct patients that if they miss taking their dose of LYRICA CR after an evening meal, then they should take their usual dose of LYRICA CR prior to bedtime following a snack. If they miss taking the dose of LYRICA CR prior to bedtime, then they should take their usual dose of LYRICA CR following a morning meal. If they miss taking the dose of LYRICA CR following the morning meal, then they should take their usual dose of LYRICA CR at the usual time that evening following an evening meal.
Advise nursing mothers that breastfeeding is not recommended during treatment with LYRICA CR [see Use In Specific Populations].
Inform men being treated with LYRICA CR who plan to father a child of the potential risk of male-mediated teratogenicity [see Nonclinical Toxicology and Use In Specific Populations].
Instruct diabetic patients to pay particular attention to skin integrity while being treated with LYRICA CR [see Nonclinical Toxicology].
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Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment Of Fertility
A dose-dependent increase in the incidence of malignant vascular tumors (hemangiosarcomas) was observed in 2 strains of mice (B6C3F1 and CD-1) given pregabalin (200, 1000, or 5000 mg/kg) in the diet for 2 years. Plasma pregabalin exposure (AUC) in mice receiving the lowest dose that increased hemangiosarcomas was approximately equal to the human exposure at the maximum recommended human dose (MRD) of 660 mg/day. A no-effect dose for induction of hemangiosarcomas in mice was not established. No evidence of carcinogenicity was seen in 2 studies in Wistar rats following dietary administration of pregabalin for 2 years at doses (50, 150, or 450 mg/kg in males and 100, 300, or 900 mg/kg in females) that were associated with plasma exposures in males and females up to approximately 15 and 26 times, respectively, human exposure at the MRD.
Pregabalin was not mutagenic in bacteria or in mammalian cells in vitro, was not clastogenic in mammalian systems in vitro and in vivo, and did not induce unscheduled DNA synthesis in mouse or rat hepatocytes.
Impairment Of Fertility
In fertility studies in which male rats were orally administered pregabalin (50 to 2500 mg/kg) prior to and during mating with untreated females, a number of adverse reproductive and developmental effects were observed. These included decreased sperm counts and sperm motility, increased sperm abnormalities, reduced fertility, increased preimplantation embryo loss, decreased litter size, decreased fetal body weights, and an increased incidence of fetal abnormalities. Effects on sperm and fertility parameters were reversible in studies of this duration (3–4 months). The no-effect dose for male reproductive toxicity in these studies (100 mg/kg) was associated with a plasma pregabalin exposure (AUC) approximately 4 times human exposure at the MRD of 660 mg/day.
In addition, adverse reactions on reproductive organ (testes, epididymides) histopathology were observed in male rats exposed to pregabalin (500 to 1250 mg/kg) in general toxicology studies of 4 weeks or greater duration. The no-effect dose for male reproductive organ histopathology in rats (250 mg/kg) was associated with a plasma exposure approximately 10 times human exposure at the MRD.
In a fertility study in which female rats were given pregabalin (500, 1250, or 2500 mg/kg) orally prior to and during mating and early gestation, disrupted estrous cyclicity and an increased number of days to mating were seen at all doses, and embryolethality occurred at the highest dose. The low dose in this study produced a plasma exposure approximately 10 times that in humans receiving the MRD. A no-effect dose for female reproductive toxicity in rats was not established.
Use In Specific Populations
Pregnancy Exposure Registry
There is a pregnancy exposure registry that monitors pregnancy outcomes in women exposed to pregabalin during pregnancy. To provide information regarding the effects of in utero exposure to LYRICA CR, physicians are advised to recommend that pregnant patients taking LYRICA CR enroll in the North American Antiepileptic Drug (NAAED) Pregnancy Registry. This can be done by calling the toll free number 1-888-233-2334, and must be done by patients themselves. Information on the registry can also be found at the website http://www.aedpregnancyregistry.org/.
There are no adequate and well-controlled studies with LYRICA CR in pregnant women.
However, in animal reproduction studies, increased incidences of fetal structural abnormalities and other manifestations of developmental toxicity, including skeletal malformations, retarded ossification, and decreased fetal body weight were observed in the offspring of rats and rabbits given pregabalin orally during organogenesis, at doses that produced plasma pregabalin exposures (AUC) greater than or equal to 18 times human exposure at the maximum recommended dose (MRD) of 660 mg/day [see Data]. In an animal development study, lethality, growth retardation, and nervous and reproductive system functional impairment were observed in the offspring of rats given pregabalin during gestation and lactation. The no-effect dose for developmental toxicity was approximately twice the human exposure at MRD. The background risk of major birth defects and miscarriage for the indicated populations are unknown. However, the background risk in the U.S. general population of major birth defects is 2-4% and of miscarriage is 15-20% of clinically recognized pregnancies. Advise pregnant women of the potential risk to a fetus.
When pregnant rats were given pregabalin (500, 1250, or 2500 mg/kg) orally throughout the period of organogenesis, incidences of specific skull alterations attributed to abnormally advanced ossification (premature fusion of the jugal and nasal sutures) were increased at greater than or equal to 1250 mg/kg, and incidences of skeletal variations and retarded ossification were increased at all doses. Fetal body weights were decreased at the highest dose. The low dose in this study was associated with a plasma exposure (AUC) approximately 18 times human exposure at the MRD of 660 mg/day. A no-effect dose for rat embryo-fetal developmental toxicity was not established.
When pregnant rabbits were given pregabalin (250, 500, or 1250 mg/kg) orally throughout the period of organogenesis, decreased fetal body weight and increased incidences of skeletal malformations, visceral variations, and retarded ossification were observed at the highest dose. The no-effect dose for developmental toxicity in rabbits (500 mg/kg) was associated with a plasma exposure approximately 17 times human exposure at the MRD.
In a study in which female rats were dosed with pregabalin (50, 100, 250, 1250, or 2500 mg/kg) throughout gestation and lactation, offspring growth was reduced at greater than or equal to 100 mg/kg and offspring survival was decreased at greater than or equal to 250 mg/kg. The effect on offspring survival was pronounced at doses greater than or equal to 1250 mg/kg, with 100% mortality in high-dose litters. When offspring were tested as adults, neurobehavioral abnormalities (decreased auditory startle responding) were observed at greater than or equal to 250 mg/kg and reproductive impairment (decreased fertility and litter size) was seen at 1250 mg/kg. The no-effect dose for pre-and postnatal developmental toxicity in rats (50 mg/kg) produced a plasma exposure approximately 2 times human exposure at the MRD.
In the prenatal-postnatal study in rats, pregabalin prolonged gestation and induced dystocia at exposures greater than or equal to 50 times the mean human exposure (AUC (0–24) of 123 μg•hr/mL) at the MRD.
Small amounts of pregabalin have been detected in the milk of lactating women. A pharmacokinetic study in lactating women detected pregabalin in breast milk at average steady state concentrations approximately 76% of those in maternal plasma. The estimated average daily infant dose of pregabalin from breast milk (assuming mean milk consumption of 150 mL/kg/day) was 0.31 mg/kg/day, which on a mg/kg basis would be approximately 7% of the maternal dose [see Data]. The study did not evaluate the effects of pregabalin on milk production or the effects of pregabalin on the breastfed infant.
Based on animal studies, there is a potential risk of tumorigenicity with pregabalin exposure via breast milk to the breastfed infant [see Nonclinical Toxicology]. Available clinical study data in patients greater than 12 years of age do not provide a clear conclusion about the potential risk of tumorigenicity with pregabalin [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]. Because of the potential risk of tumorigenicity, breastfeeding is not recommended during treatment with LYRICA CR.
A pharmacokinetic study in ten lactating women, who were at least 12 weeks postpartum, evaluated the concentrations of pregabalin in plasma and breast milk. LYRICA 150 mg oral capsule was given every 12 hours (300 mg daily dose) for a total of 4 doses. Pregabalin was detected in breast milk at average steady-state concentrations approximately 76% of those in maternal plasma. The estimated average daily infant dose of pregabalin from breast milk (assuming mean milk consumption of 150 mL/kg/day) was 0.31 mg/kg/day, which on a mg/kg basis would be approximately 7% of the maternal dose. The study did not evaluate the effects of pregabalin on milk production. Infants did not receive breast milk obtained during the dosing period, therefore, the effects of pregabalin on the breastfed infant were not evaluated.
Females And Males Of Reproductive Potential
Effects On Spermatogenesis
In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled non-inferiority study to assess the effect of pregabalin on sperm characteristics, healthy male subjects received pregabalin at a daily dose up to 600 mg (n=111) or placebo (n=109) for 13 weeks (1 complete sperm cycle) followed by a 13-week washout period (off-drug). A total of 65 subjects in the pregabalin group (59%) and 62 subjects in the placebo group (57%) were included in the per protocol (PP) population. These subjects took study drug for at least 8 weeks, had appropriate timing of semen collections and did not have any significant protocol violations. Among these subjects, approximately 9% of the pregabalin group (6/65) vs. 3% in the placebo group (2/62) had greater than or equal to 50% reduction in mean sperm concentrations from baseline at Week 26 (the primary endpoint). The difference between pregabalin and placebo was within the pre-specified non-inferiority margin of 20%. There were no adverse effects of pregabalin on sperm morphology, sperm motility, serum FSH or serum testosterone levels as compared to placebo. In subjects in the PP population with greater than or equal to 50% reduction in sperm concentration from baseline, sperm concentrations were no longer reduced by greater than or equal to 50% in any affected subject after an additional 3 months off-drug. In 1 subject, however, subsequent semen analyses demonstrated reductions from baseline of greater than or equal to 50% at 9 and 12 months off-drug. The clinical relevance of these data is unknown.
In the animal fertility study with pregabalin in male rats, adverse reproductive and developmental effects were observed [see Nonclinical Toxicology].
The safety and effectiveness of LYRICA CR in pediatric patients have not been established.
Juvenile Animal Toxicity Data
In studies in which pregabalin (50 to 500 mg/kg) was orally administered to young rats from early in the postnatal period (Postnatal Day 7) through sexual maturity, neurobehavioral abnormalities (deficits in learning and memory, altered locomotor activity, decreased auditory startle responding and habituation) and reproductive impairment (delayed sexual maturation and decreased fertility in males and females) were observed at doses greater than or equal to 50 mg/kg. The neurobehavioral changes of acoustic startle persisted at greater than or equal to 250 mg/kg and locomotor activity and water maze performance at greater than or equal to 500 mg/kg in animals tested after cessation of dosing and, thus, were considered to represent long-term effects. The low effect dose for developmental neurotoxicity and reproductive impairment in juvenile rats (50 mg/kg) was associated with a plasma pregabalin exposure (AUC) approximately equal to human exposure at the maximum recommended dose of 660 mg/day. A no-effect dose was not established.
In controlled clinical studies of LYRICA in neuropathic pain associated with diabetic peripheral neuropathy, 246 patients were 65 to 74 years of age, and 73 patients were 75 years of age or older.
In controlled clinical studies of LYRICA in neuropathic pain associated with postherpetic neuralgia, 282 patients were 65 to 74 years of age, and 379 patients were 75 years of age or older.
In the LYRICA CR neuropathic pain associated with postherpetic neuralgia study, 422 patients 65 years of age and older received pregabalin.
No overall differences in safety and effectiveness were observed between these patients and younger patients, and other reported clinical experience has not identified differences in responses between the elderly and younger patients, but greater sensitivity of some older individuals cannot be ruled out.
Pregabalin is known to be substantially excreted by the kidney, and the risk of adverse reactions to this drug may be greater in patients with impaired renal function. Because elderly patients are more likely to have decreased renal function, care should be taken in dose selection, and it may be useful to monitor renal function. See DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION for recommendations for dosing in patients with renal impairment.
Signs, Symptoms And Laboratory Findings Of Acute Overdosage In Humans
In the postmarketing experience, the most commonly reported adverse events observed with pregabalin when taken in overdose include reduced consciousness, depression/anxiety, confusional state, agitation, and restlessness. Seizures and heart block have also been reported. Deaths have been reported in the setting of lone LYRICA overdose and in combination with other CNS depressants.
Treatment Or Management Of Overdose
There is no specific antidote for overdose with pregabalin. If indicated, elimination of unabsorbed drug may be attempted by emesis or gastric lavage; observe usual precautions to maintain the airway. General supportive care of the patient is indicated including monitoring of vital signs and observation of the clinical status of the patient. Contact a Certified Poison Control Center for up-to-date information on the management of overdose with pregabalin.
Pregabalin can be removed by hemodialysis. Standard hemodialysis procedures result in significant clearance of pregabalin (approximately 50% in 4 hours).
LYRICA CR is contraindicated in patients with known hypersensitivity to pregabalin or any of its components. Angioedema and hypersensitivity reactions have occurred in patients receiving pregabalin therapy [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS, ADVERSE REACTIONS].
Mechanism Of Action
Pregabalin binds with high affinity to the alpha -delta site (an auxiliary subunit of voltage-gated calcium channels) in central nervous system tissues. Although the mechanism of action of pregabalin has not been fully elucidated, results with genetically modified mice and with compounds structurally related to pregabalin (such as gabapentin) suggest that binding to the alpha -delta subunit may be involved in pregabalin's anti-nociceptive and antiseizure effects in animals. In animal models of nerve damage, pregabalin has been shown to reduce calcium-dependent release of pro-nociceptive neurotransmitters in the spinal cord, possibly by disrupting alpha -delta containing-calcium channel trafficking and/or reducing calcium currents. Evidence from other animal models of nerve damage and persistent pain suggest the anti-nociceptive activities of pregabalin may also be mediated through interactions with descending noradrenergic and serotonergic pathways originating from the brainstem that modulate pain transmission in the spinal cord.
While pregabalin is a structural derivative of the inhibitory neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), it does not bind directly to GABA , GABAB, or benzodiazepine receptors, does not augment GABA responses in cultured neurons, does not alter rat brain GABA concentration or have acute effects on GABA uptake or degradation. However, in cultured neurons prolonged application of pregabalin increases the density of GABA transporter protein and increases the rate of functional GABA transport. Pregabalin does not block sodium channels, is not active at opiate receptors, and does not alter cyclooxygenase enzyme activity. It is inactive at serotonin and dopamine receptors and does not inhibit dopamine, serotonin, or noradrenaline reuptake.
LYRICA CR has linear pharmacokinetics with dose-proportional increases in maximum plasma concentration (Cmax) and area under the plasma concentration-time curve (AUC) from 82.5–660 mg/day. Following repeated administration, steady state is achieved within approximately 48–72 hours.
LYRICA CR administered once daily following an evening meal has equivalent AUC and lower Cmax relative to a comparative dose of LYRICA administered without food twice daily (Table 5). Variability in C and AUC for LYRICA CR is less than or equal to 25%.
Table 5. Steady-State Pharmacokinetics for LYRICA CR 165 mg Once Daily and LYRICA 75 mg Twice Daily
|Cmax (μg/mL)||2.0 (17)||3.2 (21)|
|T max(h)||8.0 (5.0 – 12.0)||0.7 (0.7 – 1.5)|
|AUC 24(μg·h/mL)||29.4 (17)||31.5 (18)|
|C min(μg/mL)||0.44 (24)||0.59 (25)|
|Note: Geometric mean (%CV) for AUC24 , Cmax , Cmin ; median (range) for T .
Abbreviations: AUC24 =area under the curve over 24 hours; BID=every 12 hours; Cmax =peak concentrations; Cmin =minimum concentrations;
N=Number of subjects ; Tmax =time to peak concentrations.
Pregabalin is absorbed from the small intestine and proximal colon. LYRICA CR absorption is linear and dose proportional.
The bioavailability of LYRICA CR is reduced if taken on an empty stomach. The AUC is approximately 30% lower when LYRICA CR is administered fasted relative to following an evening meal.
When LYRICA CR is administered following a 600 to 750 calorie (50% carbohydrates, 20% protein, 30% fat) evening meal, peak plasma concentrations occur within approximately 8 to 10 hours and AUC is approximately 93% to 97% relative to a comparative dose of LYRICA. The rate and extent of LYRICA CR absorption is similar when administered following a 400 to 500 calorie, 30% fat or an 800 to 1000 calorie, 15%, 30%, or 50% fat evening meal.
When LYRICA CR is administered following an 800 to 1000 calorie (50% carbohydrates, 20% protein, 30% fat) morning meal, peak plasma concentrations occur within approximately 12 hours and AUC is 99% relative to a comparative dose of LYRICA. AUC decreases approximately 13% to 25% when LYRICA CR is administered following a 400 to 500 calorie or 600 to 750 calorie (50% carbohydrates, 20% protein, 30% fat) morning meal relative to the 800 to 1000 calorie meal, while Cmax remains the same.
Pregabalin does not bind to plasma proteins. The apparent volume of distribution of pregabalin following oral administration is approximately 0.5 L/kg. Pregabalin is a substrate for system L transporter which is responsible for the transport of large amino acids across the blood brain barrier. Although there are no data in humans, pregabalin has been shown to cross the blood brain barrier in mice, rats, and monkeys. In addition, pregabalin has been shown to cross the placenta in rats and is present in the milk of lactating rats.
Pregabalin undergoes negligible metabolism in humans. Following a dose of radiolabeled pregabalin, approximately 90% of the administered dose was recovered in the urine as unchanged pregabalin. The N-methylated derivative of pregabalin, the major metabolite of pregabalin found in urine, accounted for 0.9% of the dose. In preclinical studies, pregabalin (S-enantiomer) did not undergo racemization to the R-enantiomer in mice, rats, rabbits, or monkeys.
Pregabalin is eliminated from the systemic circulation primarily by renal excretion as unchanged drug with a mean elimination half-life of 6.3 hours in subjects with normal renal function. Mean renal clearance was estimated to be 67.0 to 80.9 mL/min in young healthy subjects. Because pregabalin is not bound to plasma proteins this clearance rate indicates that renal tubular reabsorption is involved. Pregabalin elimination is nearly proportional to CLcr [see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION].
Pregabalin oral clearance tended to decrease with increasing age. This decrease in pregabalin oral clearance is consistent with age-related decreases in CLcr. Reduction of pregabalin dose may be required in patients who have age-related compromised renal function [see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION].
Population pharmacokinetic analyses of the clinical studies showed that the relationship between daily dose and LYRICA CR drug exposure is similar between genders.
In population pharmacokinetic analyses of the clinical studies of LYRICA and LYRICA CR, the pharmacokinetics of pregabalin were not significantly affected by race (Caucasians, Blacks, and Hispanics).
Pregabalin clearance is nearly proportional to CLcr. Dosage reduction in patients with reduced renal function is necessary. Pregabalin is effectively removed from plasma by hemodialysis. Following a 4-hour hemodialysis treatment, plasma pregabalin concentrations are reduced by approximately 50%. For patients on hemodialysis, treatment with LYRICA CR is not recommended [see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION].
Drug Interaction Studies
In Vitro Studies
In vitro studies showed that pregabalin is unlikely to be involved in significant pharmacokinetic drug interactions. Pregabalin, at concentrations that were, in general, 10-times those attained in clinical trials, does not inhibit human CYP1A2, CYP2A6, CYP2C9, CYP2C19, CYP2D6, CYP2E1, and CYP3A4 enzyme systems. In vitro drug interaction studies demonstrate that pregabalin does not induce CYP1A2 or CYP3A4 activity. Therefore, an increase in the metabolism of co-administered CYP1A2 substrates (e.g., theophylline, caffeine) or CYP3A4 substrates (e.g., midazolam, testosterone) is not anticipated.
In Vivo Studies
With the exception of erythromycin, the interactions of LYRICA CR with co-administration of other drugs have not been systematically evaluated. Additional studies have been performed with LYRICA [see DRUG INTERACTIONS]. No pharmacokinetic interactions were observed between LYRICA and carbamazepine, ethanol, gabapentin, lamotrigine, lorazepam, oral contraceptive, oxycodone, phenobarbital, phenytoin, topiramate, and valproic acid. A similar lack of pharmacokinetic interactions would be expected to occur with LYRICA CR.
The drug interaction studies described in this section were conducted in healthy adults, and across various patient populations.
Multiple-dose administration of erythromycin (500 mg every 6 hours for 18 hours) in healthy subjects resulted in a 17% decrease in AUC of LYRICA CR (330 mg single dose).
Multiple-dose administration of pregabalin (300 mg twice a day) in healthy subjects had no effect on the rate and extent of ethanol single-dose pharmacokinetics and single-dose administration of ethanol (0.7 g/kg) had no effect on the steady-state pharmacokinetics of pregabalin. Additive effects on cognitive and gross motor functioning were seen when LYRICA was co-administered with ethanol. No clinically important effects on respiration were seen [see DRUG INTERACTIONS].
The pharmacokinetic interactions of pregabalin and gabapentin were investigated in 12 healthy subjects following concomitant single-dose administration of 100-mg pregabalin and 300-mg gabapentin and in 18 healthy subjects following concomitant multiple-dose administration of 200-mg pregabalin every 8 hours and 400-mg gabapentin every 8 hours. Gabapentin pharmacokinetics following single- and multiple-dose administration were unaltered by pregabalin co-administration. The extent of pregabalin absorption was unaffected by gabapentin co-administration, although there was a small reduction in rate of absorption.
Multiple-dose administration of pregabalin (300 mg twice a day) in healthy subjects had no effect on the rate and extent of lorazepam single-dose pharmacokinetics and single-dose administration of lorazepam (1 mg) had no effect on the steady-state pharmacokinetics of pregabalin. Additive effects on cognitive and gross motor functioning were seen when LYRICA was co-administered with lorazepam. No clinically important effects on respiration were seen [see DRUG INTERACTIONS].
Pregabalin co-administration (200 mg 3 times a day) had no effect on the steady-state pharmacokinetics of norethindrone and ethinyl estradiol (1 mg/35 μg, respectively) in healthy subjects.
Multiple-dose administration of pregabalin (300 mg twice a day) in healthy subjects had no effect on the rate and extent of oxycodone single-dose pharmacokinetics. Single-dose administration of oxycodone (10 mg) had no effect on the steady-state pharmacokinetics of pregabalin. Additive effects on cognitive and gross motor functioning were seen when LYRICA was co-administered with oxycodone. No clinically important effects on respiration were seen [see DRUG INTERACTIONS].
Carbamazepine, Lamotrigine, Phenobarbital, Phenytoin, Topiramate And Valproic Acid
Steady-state trough plasma concentrations of phenytoin, carbamazepine, and carbamazepine 10,11 epoxide, valproic acid, and lamotrigine were not affected by concomitant pregabalin (200 mg 3 times a day) administration.
Population pharmacokinetic analyses in patients treated with pregabalin and various concomitant medications suggest the following:
|Therapeutic class||Specific concomitant drug studied|
|Concomitant drug has no effect on the pharmacokinetics of pregabalin|
|Hypoglycemics||Glyburide, insulin, metformin|
|Concomitant drug has no effect on the pharmacokinetics of pregabalin and pregabalin has no effect on the pharmacokinetics of concomitant drug|
|Antiepileptic Drugs||Carbamazepine, lamotrigine, phenobarbital, phenytoin, topiramate, valproic acid|
Animal Toxicology And/Or Pharmacology
Skin lesions ranging from erythema to necrosis were seen in repeated-dose toxicology studies in both rats and monkeys. The etiology of these skin lesions is unknown. At the MRD of 660 mg/day, there is a 2-fold safety margin for the dermatological lesions. The more severe dermatopathies involving necrosis were associated with pregabalin exposures (as expressed by plasma AUCs) of approximately 3 to 8 times those achieved in humans given the MRD. No increase in incidence of skin lesions was observed in clinical studies.
Ocular lesions (characterized by retinal atrophy [including loss of photoreceptor cells] and/or corneal inflammation/mineralization) were observed in 2 lifetime carcinogenicity studies in Wistar rats. These findings were observed at plasma pregabalin exposures (AUC) greater than or equal to 2 times those achieved in humans given the maximum recommended dose of 660 mg/day. A no-effect dose for ocular lesions was not established. Similar lesions were not observed in lifetime carcinogenicity studies in 2 strains of mice or in monkeys treated for 1 year.
Management Of Postherpetic Neuralgia (Study PHN CR)
Support for efficacy of LYRICA CR for the management of PHN and diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) was based on the efficacy of LYRICA for these indications along with an adequate and well-controlled study in adults with PHN. This 19-week randomized withdrawal study compared daily doses of LYRICA CR 82.5 mg, 165 mg, 247.5 mg, 330 mg, 495 mg, or 660 mg with placebo. Those enrolled were required to have pain present for more than 3 months after healing of the herpes zoster skin rash and a baseline pain score of greater than or equal to 4 on the numeric rating scale (NRS)- Pain (assessed over a 1 week recall period). The baseline mean pain scores were 6.83 for LYRICA CR-treated patients vs. 6.85 for placebo-treated patients. A total of 82.4% of patients completed the single-blind phase of the study. Patients were considered responders if they had at least a 50% reduction in pain in the single-blind phase. Those who responded to treatment were then randomized in the double-blind phase to treatment with either the LYRICA CR dose achieved in the single-blind phase or placebo. Patients were treated for up to 3 months following randomization. A total of 87.5% of LYRICA CR-treated patients and 78% of placebo-treated patients completed the double-blind phase of the study.
LYRICA CR treatment demonstrated statistically significant improvement in the endpoint change in mean pain score from baseline compared to placebo. For a range of levels of improvement in pain intensity from baseline to study endpoint, Figure 1 shows the fraction of patients achieving that degree of improvement. The figure is cumulative, so that patients whose change from baseline is, for example, 50%, are also included at every level of improvement below 50%. Patients who did not complete the study were assigned 0% improvement. In the LYRICA CR group, 79.8% of subjects achieved at least a 30% improvement and 73.6% at least 50% improvement in pain intensity. In the placebo group, 64.9% of subjects achieved at least a 30% improvement and 54.6% at least a 50% improvement in pain intensity.
Figure 1: Percent of Patients Achieving Various Levels of Improvement in Pain Intensity (N=413)
Management Of Fibromyalgia (Study FM CR)
A double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized withdrawal trial of LYRICA CR in adults with fibromyalgia failed to demonstrate efficacy.
Adjunctive Therapy For Adult Patients With Partial Onset Seizures
A double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized trial of LYRICA CR as adjunctive therapy in adults with partial onset seizures failed to demonstrate efficacy.
(pregabalin) extended-release tablets
Read this Medication Guide before you start taking LYRICA CR and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This information does not take the place of talking to your healthcare provider about your medical condition or treatment. If you have any questions about LYRICA CR, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
What is the most important information I should know about LYRICA CR?
LYRICA CR may cause serious side effects including:
- Serious, even life-threatening, allergic reactions
- Suicidal thoughts or actions
- Serious breathing problems
- Swelling of your hands, legs and feet
- Dizziness and sleepiness
These serious side effects are described below:
Stop taking LYRICA CR and call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of these signs of a serious allergic reaction:
If you have suicidal thoughts or actions, do not stop LYRICA CR without first talking to a healthcare provider.
How can I watch for early symptoms of suicidal thoughts and actions?
- Serious, even life-threatening, allergic reactions.
- swelling of your face, mouth, lips, gums, tongue, throat, or neck
- trouble breathing
- rash, hives (raised bumps), or blisters
- skin redness
- LYRICA CR may cause suicidal thoughts or actions in a very small number of people, about 1 in 500. Call a healthcare provider right away if you have any of these symptoms, especially if they are new, worse, or worry you:
- thoughts about suicide or dying
- attempts to commit suicide
- trouble sleeping (insomnia)
- new or worse irritability
- new or worse depression
- new or worse anxiety
- feeling agitated or restless
- panic attacks
- acting aggressive, being angry, or violent
- acting on dangerous impulses
- an extreme increase in activity and talking (mania)
- other unusual changes in behavior or mood
- Stopping LYRICA CR suddenly can cause serious problems.
- Suicidal thoughts or actions can be caused by things other than medicines. If you have suicidal thoughts or actions, your healthcare provider may check for other causes.
- Pay attention to any changes, especially sudden changes, in mood, behaviors, thoughts, or feelings.
- Keep all follow-up visits with your healthcare provider as scheduled.
- Call your healthcare provider between visits as needed, especially if you are worried about symptoms.
- Serious breathing problems can occur when LYRICA is taken with other medicines that can cause severe sleepiness or decreased awareness, or when it is taken by someone who already has breathing problems. Watch for increased sleepiness or decreased breathing when starting LYRICA or when the dose is increased. Get help right away if breathing problems occur.
- Swelling of your hands, legs and feet. This swelling can be a serious problem for people with heart problems.
- Dizziness and sleepiness. Do not drive a car, work with machines, or do other dangerous activities until you know how LYRICA CR affects you. Ask your healthcare provider about when it will be okay to do these activities.
What is LYRICA CR?
LYRICA CR is a prescription medicine used treat:
- pain from damaged nerves (neuropathic pain) that happens with diabetes
- pain from damaged nerves (neuropathic pain) that follows healing of shingles
It is not known if LYRICA CR is safe and effective in children.
It is not known if LYRICA CR is effective when used for the treatment of fibromyalgia, or when taken with other seizure medicines for adults with partial onset seizures.
Who Should Not Take LYRICA CR?
Do not take LYRICA CR if you are allergic to pregabalin or any of the ingredients in LYRICA CR.
See "What is the most important information I should know about LYRICA CR?" for the signs of an allergic reaction.
See the end of this leaflet for a complete list of ingredients in LYRICA CR.
What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking LYRICA CR?
Before taking LYRICA CR, tell your healthcare provider about all your medical conditions, including if you:
- have or have had depression, mood problems or suicidal thoughts or behavior
- have breathing problems
- have kidney problems or get kidney dialysis
- have heart problems including heart failure
- have a bleeding problem or a low blood platelet count
- have abused prescription medicines, street drugs, or alcohol in the past
- have ever had swelling of your face, mouth, tongue, lips, gums, neck, or throat (angioedema)
- plan to father a child. Animal studies have shown that pregabalin, the active ingredient in LYRICA CR, made male animals less fertile and caused sperm to change. Also, in animal studies, birth defects were seen in the offspring (babies) of male animals treated with pregabalin. It is not known if these problems can happen in people who take LYRICA CR.
- are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if LYRICA CR will harm your unborn baby. You and your healthcare provider will have to decide if you should take LYRICA CR while you are pregnant.
- If you become pregnant while taking LYRICA CR, talk to your healthcare provider about registering with the North American Antiepileptic Drug Pregnancy Registry. You can enroll in this registry by calling 1-888-233-2334. The purpose of this registry is to collect information about the safety of antiepileptic drugs, including pregabalin, the active ingredient in LYRICA CR. Information about the registry can be found at the website, http://www.aedpregnancyregistry.org/.
- are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. LYRICA CR passes into your breast milk. It is not known if LYRICA CR can harm your baby. Talk to your healthcare provider about the best way to feed your baby if you take LYRICA CR. Breastfeeding is not recommended while taking LYRICA CR.
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins or herbal supplements. LYRICA CR and other medicines may affect each other causing side effects. Especially tell your healthcare provider if you take:
- angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, which are used to treat many conditions, including high blood pressure. You may have a higher chance for swelling and hives if these medicines are taken with LYRICA CR. See "What is the most important information I should know about LYRICA CR?"
- Avandia (rosiglitazone), Avandamet (contains rosiglitazone and metformin), or Actos (pioglitazone) for diabetes. You may have a higher chance of weight gain or swelling of your hands or feet if these medicines are taken with LYRICA CR. See "What are the possible side effects of LYRICA CR."
- any opioid pain medicine (such as oxycodone), or medicines for anxiety (such as lorazepam) or insomnia (such as zolpidem). You may have a higher chance for dizziness, sleepiness or serious breathing problems if these medicines are taken with LYRICA CR.
- any medicines that make you sleepy
Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them with you to show your healthcare provider and pharmacist each time you get a new medicine. Do not start a new medicine without talking with your healthcare provider.
How should I take LYRICA CR?
- Take LYRICA CR exactly as prescribed. Your healthcare provider will tell you how much LYRICA CR to take and when to take it.
- Take LYRICA CR at the same time each day.
- LYRICA CR must be taken after your evening meal. Swallow the tablet whole and do not split, crush or chew the tablet.
- Your healthcare provider may change your dose. Do not change your dose without talking to your healthcare provider.
- Do not stop taking LYRICA CR without talking to your healthcare provider. If you stop taking LYRICA CR suddenly you may have headaches, nausea, diarrhea, trouble sleeping, or you may feel anxious. If you have epilepsy, are taking LYRICA CR for pain, and stop taking LYRICA CR suddenly, you may have seizures more often. Talk with your healthcare provider about how to stop LYRICA CR slowly.
- If you miss a dose after your evening meal, take it prior to bedtime following a snack. If you miss the dose prior to bedtime, then take it following your morning meal. If you do not take the dose the following morning, then take the next dose at your regular time after your evening meal. Do not take 2 doses at the same time.
- If you take too much LYRICA CR, call your healthcare provider or poison control center, or go to the nearest emergency room right away.
What should I avoid while taking LYRICA CR?
- Do not drive a car, work with machines, or do other dangerous activities until you know how LYRICA CR affects you.
- Do not drink alcohol while taking LYRICA CR. LYRICA CR and alcohol can affect each other and increase side effects such as sleepiness and dizziness.
What are the possible side effects of LYRICA CR?
LYRICA CR may cause serious side effects, including:
- muscle problems, muscle pain, soreness, or weakness. If you have these symptoms, especially if you feel sick and have a fever, tell your healthcare provider right away.
- problems with your eyesight, including blurry vision. Call your healthcare provider if you have any changes in your eyesight.
- weight gain. If you have diabetes, weight gain may affect the management of your diabetes. Weight gain can also be a serious problem for people with heart problems.
- Feeling "high"
The most common side effects of LYRICA CR are:
- blurry vision
- weight gain
- fatigue (tiredness)
- swelling of hands and feet
- dry mouth
LYRICA CR caused skin sores in animal studies. Skin sores did not happen in studies in people. If you have diabetes, you should pay attention to your skin while taking LYRICA CR and tell your healthcare provider about any sores or skin problems.
Tell your healthcare provider about any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
These are not all the possible side effects of LYRICA CR. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
How should I store LYRICA CR?
- Store LYRICA CR at room temperature between 68°F to 77°F (20°C to 25°C) in its original package.
- Safely throw away any LYRICA CR that is out of date or no longer needed.
Keep LYRICA CR and all medicines out of the reach of children.
General information about the safe and effective use of LYRICA CR.
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Medication Guide. Do not use LYRICA CR for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give LYRICA CR to other people, even if they have the same symptoms you have. It may harm them. You can ask your pharmacists or healthcare provider for information about LYRICA CR that is written for health professionals.
You can also visit the LYRICA CR website at www.LYRICA.com or call 1-866-459-7422 (1-866-4LYRICA).
What are the ingredients in LYRICA CR?
Active ingredient: pregabalin
Inactive ingredients: Kollidon SR (polyvinyl acetate, povidone, sodium lauryl sulphate, and silica), crospovidone, polyethylene oxide, carbomer, magnesium stearate, polyvinyl alcohol, titanium dioxide, talc, polyethylene glycol, and colorants.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.