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IMPORTANT FACTS (LEER-i-kah) BEFORE STARTING LYRICA, continued • Avandia® (rosiglitazone)*, Avandamet® (rosiglitazone and metformin)* or Actos® (pioglitazone)** for diabetes. You may have a higher chance of weight gain or swelling of your hands or feet. • Narcotic pain medicines (such as oxycodone), tranquilizers or medicines for anxiety (such as lorazepam). You may have a higher chance for dizziness and sleepiness. • Any medicines that make you sleepy IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION ABOUT LYRICA LYRICA may cause serious, even life threatening, allergic reactions. Stop taking LYRICA and call your doctor right away if you have any signs of a serious allergic reaction • Swelling of your face, mouth, lips, gums, tongue or neck • Have any trouble breathing • Rash, hives (raised bumps) or blisters Like other antiepileptic drugs, LYRICA may cause suicidal thoughts or actions in a very small number of people, about 1 in 500. Call your doctor right away if you have any symptoms, especially if they are new, worse or worry you, including • New or worsening depression • Suicidal thoughts or actions • Unusual changes in mood or behavior Do not stop LYRICA without first talking with your doctor. LYRICA may cause swelling of your hands, legs and feet. his swelling can be a serious problem with people with heart problems. LYRICA may cause dizziness or sleepiness. Do not drive a car, work with machines, or do other dangerous things until you know how LYRICA affects you. Ask your doctor when it is okay to do these things. ABOUT LYRICA LYRICA is a prescription medicine used in adults 18 years and older to treat: • Pain from damaged nerves that happens with diabetes or that follows healing of shingles • Partial seizures when taken together with other seizure medicines • Fibromyalgia (pain all over your body) Who should NOT take LYRICA: • Anyone who is allergic to anything in LYRICA POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF LYRICA LYRICA may cause serious side effects, including: • See "Important Safety Information About LYRICA. • uscle problems, pain, soreness or weakness along with feeling sick and fever • yesight problems including blurry vision • eight gain. eight gain may affect control of diabetes and can be serious for people with heart problems. • Feeling "high If you have any of these symptoms, tell your doctor right away. The most common side effects of LYRICA are: • Dizziness • rouble concentrating • Blurry vision • Swelling of hands and feet • eight gain • Dry mouth • Sleepiness If you have diabetes, you should pay extra attention to your skin while taking LYRICA and tell your doctor of any sores or skin problems. HOW TO TAKE LYRICA Do: • ake LYRICA exactly as your doctor tells you. Your doctor will tell you how much to take and when to take it. ake LYRICA at the same times each day. • ake LYRICA with or without food. Don't: • Drive a car or use machines if you feel dizzy or sleepy while taking LYRICA. • Drink alcohol or use other medicines that make you sleepy while taking LYRICA. • Change the dose or stop LYRICA suddenly. You may have headaches, nausea, diarrhea, or trouble sleeping if you stop taking LYRICA suddenly. • Start any new medicines without first talking to your doctor. NEED MORE INFORMATION? • Ask your doctor or pharmacist. his is only a brief summary of important information. • otowww.lyrica.com or call 1-866-459-7422 (1-866-4LYRICA). Uninsured? Need help paying for Pfizer medicines? Pfizer has programs that can help. Call 1-866-706-2400 or visit www.PfizerHelpfulAnswers.com. PARK DA IS, Division of Pfizer Inc., New York, NY 10017 2009 Pfizer Inc. All rights reserved. Printed in the USA. ersion April 2009 * Avandia and Avandamet are registered trademarks of laxoSmithKline. ** Actos is a registered trademark of akeda Chemicals Industries, Ltd., and is used under license by akeda Pharmaceuticals of America, Inc., and li Lilly and Co. Rx only BEFORE STARTING LYRICA ell your doctor about all your medical conditions, including if you • Have had depression, mood problems or suicidal thoughts or behavior • Have or had kidney problems or 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. It is not known if problems seen in animal studies can happen in humans. • Are pregnant, plan to become pregnant or are breastfeeding. It is not known if LYRICA will harm your unborn baby. You and your doctor should decide whether you should take LYRICA or breast-feed, but not both. ell your doctor about all your medicines. Include over-the- counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. LYRICA and other medicines may affect each other causing side effects. specially tell your doctor if you take • Angiotensin converting enzyme (AC ) inhibitors. You may have a higher chance for swelling and hives.